By Mr. Curmudgeon:
CBS News described the 11th anniversary observances commemorating the 9/11 attacks as “subdued ceremonies that put grieving families ahead of politicians and suggested it’s time to move on after a decade of remembrance.”
In Cairo, Egypt, meanwhile, Islamists of the al Qaeda-affiliated Salafi movement scaled the walls of the United States embassy, rushed its flagstaff and hauled down the Stars and Stripes. Unable to set Old Glory aflame, the crowd, instead, tore it to pieces. In its place, protestors hoisted a black flag inscribed with the words, “There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.”
For some, moving on is not an option.
Angry at the release of a film produced by a Christian Egyptian living in California, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a violent fanatic who called for the massacre of non-believers and details the intensified persecution of Egypt’s’ Coptic Christians, was cited as inspiring the protests.
Women in black robes and veils were reported as chanting, “Worshippers of the Cross, leave the Prophet Muhammad alone.”
Here in America, many gathered to remember those who died that September morning 11 years ago. High in their thoughts were the many firefighters, police and first-responders that disregarded dangers to life and limb, entering the Twin Towers to save lives. “Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Their sacrifice exemplified the duty they felt for their city and her citizens. That morning, eleven years ago, emergency responders became friends with thousands of workers trapped in the towers of an impersonal metropolis. Whether they professed faith or not, you might say their sacrifice was the highest expression of the hated values of “Worshippers of the Cross.”