OK, so we've been away from the blog a long, long time, it seems, having come to a wall of frustration without a verbal outlet that we could find.
OK, so now that we're back we are leaving for several weeks of vacation, and so will be away again.
OK, so we're back on speaking tour, interview rounds, and documentary schedules.
OK. OK. OK.
Here comes the tenth anniversary and the flood of recollections, evaluations, concatenations of meaningless/meaningful ruminations that will increasingly fill the media's maw and spill into our consciousness the mostly vile output of fearmongering that feeds the NEWS bottom line.
Here comes the Gary Cass, David Barton, Rick Joyner, Kent Ekeroth (Hey, Americans don't have a monopoly on Islamophobia), David Yerushalmi, Brigitte Gabriel, ...have we left your favorite phobic?...onslaught of lies, exaggerations, and obfuscations of the truth about Islam. Here come the political posturings of those who line their pockets, and the pockets of their friends, with an endless stream of lucrative ways to appear as if they are making the U.S. safer when, in fact, they are creating scores of enemies with each civilian they kill in their blind 'war against terror.'
For what is Islam? Is it the book? Is Judaism the old testament? Is Catholicism the New? Is the Koran Islam? Religions are the people who follow them, not the books that purport to guide, nor the leaders who strive to corral the multitudes into long, obedient lines of non-thinkers.
The religion is the father who wishes most of all that his children grow to be successful; the mother who wants little more than health and happiness for her child. The religion is the great mass of peace loving people who are abhored by fundamentalism, terrorism, and my-religion-is-better-than-yoursism.
DON'T WRAP MY NEPHEW, SUPREME COURT OFFICER MITCH WALLACE, IN YOUR SHROUD OF HATRED. Yes, he died by the hands of terrorists, but they did not represent a religion any more than Timothy McVeigh represents Christianity; any more than Levi Aron represents Judaism; any more than any other deranged terrorist with twisted, brain-washed values represents Islam.
Mitch died in an act of kindness, going again and again into the South Tower to bring Innocent, wounded civilians out to medical help. Mitch was a young man of stellar compassion and none who knew him were surprised at his selfless choice to help others at the risk of his own life.
As we approach the tenth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. take a moment (each day? Is that too much to ask?) to HONOR HIM WITH ACTS OF KINDNESS AND HELP STEER THIS WORLD TO MORE PEACEFUL TOMORROWS.