On this date in 2001, thousands of people lost their lives in an attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has been called the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history.
There’s no doubt that what happened was a tragedy and should never be forgotten. But what we ought to forget are the bigots and other idiots who have used this day to fuel the flames of hatred against others. Folks like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh use the airwaves to spew out hatred for our President, while proclaiming to be Pro-America.
Then you have a man named Terry Jones. Last month, this man was literally a nobody in Florida preaching some message to a congregation of less than 50 people. But for the past couple of weeks, this Reverand has generated tons of media coverage for threatening to burn the Quran. This act alone should make everyone question whether Jones was called to the pulpit by a Higher Power or if he called himself. One could argue that he, too, is a terrorist threat.
9/11 should be a day of remembrance—but also of tolerance for others who may not worship as we do. Not every Muslim is a terrorist and those who believe that are small-minded.
Instead of focusing so much on the things that divide us–why not work on healing those wounds and proving to the rest of the world that America is great for something other than war.