As am sure everyone on the planet knows, today is the anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers 1& 2 and the Pentagon as well United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania. The television, radio and internet are drowning in memorials, remembrances and documentaries. All of these have their place. There are those who wish as a reminder to immerse themselves in the history of the day. I on the other hand lived through it once. Unlike the families who live everyday with the reminder that dad, mom, daughter, son, loved one, co-worker or friend will never come home, I am reminded only when there is mention of the Taliban, Islamo-fascists, Iran, Afghanistan or any Mid-east country, Pres. Bush, planes, TSA, or a millon other small insignificant topics are mentioned. While the families are affected intimately, the rest of us are also affected but by degrees of separation. We all remember, mourn, adjust in different ways but I really believe there are a few things we all can agree on.
– Do not produce a “celebration” “memorial” “event” with speakers from the political landscape trying to one up each other and denigrate the other party. In this particular venue I do NOT want to hear campaign speeches.
-I do not want to hear representatives from the countries whose citizens danced in the streets for a week after Sept. 11, 2001 explain how this is OUR fault.
– I do not want to hear apologists for Islam who are supposed to represent us in government try to downplay or make light what occurred.
-I do NOT want to listen to those who despise America and who choose to live in the freedom and liberty bought for them by thousands of lives, trash the Constitution, the country and those who were on the first line of defense in 2001.
-I do not want to watch another documentary about that day made by people who have no clue what sacrifice, integrity and honesty really mean, nor do I want to watch a fictionalized account of what some directior/producer/ actor thinks would be “good TV”.
That said, what do I want. I want a REAL memorial event. One where all religions are accepted and included (as much as possible). Where prayers are not considered taboo. Where if you’re offended by religion YOU STAY HOME or create your own event. Where the families of those who died are the focus not an impediment. It seems that those in charge of the country and the memorials have lost sight of what’s important. Symbolism trumps substance, but that shouldn’t have happened here. I want those countries who support terrorism and terrorist to not receive one penny of our tax dollars. I want governments to ferret out training camps. I want anyone who goes to those camps to be stripped of their citizenship and put on the first slow freighter to Kenya and encourage their family and extended families to go as well. I want those who threaten Americas to be deported, including but not limited to politicians, professors, scientists, post office workers . I want the government to stop worrying about mentally disadvantaged Canadians and worry about Islamists, Mexican drug dealers, and anchor babies instead.
I don’t remember the last time someone with ADD flew a plane into a building. I do remember the 100’s of jihadists including the Rev. Al, Jackson, Wright and Louie preening and posturing because the Great satan had been attacked because as you know God damned America. I do remember the Middle East acting like it was New Years Eve and I also remember there are those who refuse to accept that terrorist actually attacked this country, preferring to believe that our own government murdered citizens in cold blood. I feel these traitors should be repatriated to a dictatorship so that they can experience first hand the iron fist of government mandate for themselves. Unfortunately for them once they’re gone we should institute an No Return policy.
Keeps out the riff-raff don’t you know.
So for all those missing prayers at memorial services today, please accept my sincere, heartfelt, inadequate attempt.
Our Kind and Gracious Heavenly Father,
We come before Thee at this time to thank Thee for all the blessing we enjoy in this land. We thank Thee for our families and friends, our country and those who have fought and still fight to keep us free. We thank Thee for the impact of those who’s lives were lost September 11, 2001. We thank Thee for the courage, integrity, love and sacrifice exhibited in those horrific days after the attacks, for the lives saved and for those who gave the last great measure. We are grateful for the opportunity to come together at this time to mourn and remember those who remain forever etched in our hearts. We seek Thy peace, Thy understanding and Thy support as we continue to try to live up to those who have gone before us and pray we may be reunited with them in the Hereafter.
Father help us to understand Thy will for us and our nation. Help us to seek to become a united land. Help us to protect and defend our families, our communities and our country. Hedge up the way of those who seek to harm others. Turn the hearts of those who would do evil unto innocents. Grant peace to those who do their best to live so that they will harm no one.
We love Thee Father and thank Thee for all blessings seen and unseen.
In the name of Jesus Christ.