The 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York
|"What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is
not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not
what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."
|"[T]his is nothing but a manifestation of injustice, oppression and
tyranny . . . and it is amongst the greatest of sins." Sheik Abdul-Azeez
Aal ash-Sheik, grand mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and head
of the Council of Senior Scholars, commenting on the 9-11 attacks.
|"One of the reasons I believe the spiritual door was opened for an
against the United States of America is that the policy of our Government
has been to ask the Israelis, and demand it with pressure, not to
in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched
against them." Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Senate floor
statement, on 2002-MAR-4 2|
|The 9-11 terrorists bore "the same relationship to Islam (as that)
of Torquemada and the people who ran the Spanish Inquisition did to
Christianity..." former CIA director James Woolsey.|
"Amanda," an 8th grade student from Brooklyn NY wrote a poem "Don't Go," It discusses the 9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. An excerpt reads:
On 2001-SEP-11, four sets of radical, extremist, Fundamentalist Islamic terrorists, totaling about 18 in number, hijacked four jetliners, and piloted them towards the White House, Congress, and the two World Trade Towers. The first plane apparently was unable to find the White House and made a kamikaze run at part of the Pentagon. Control of the plane which headed towards Congress was apparently retaken by the passengers; it crashed into the ground south-east of Pittsburgh. The remaining two jetliners destroyed the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Originally, about 7,000 lives were believed to have been lost in total. However, further checking found many duplicate names. As of 2004-JAN-23, the total death toll in New York City is estimated at 2,749: 2749 on the ground, along with 127 passengers, 20 crew and 10 hijackers in the two airplanes. 3,4 A smaller number were killed in the Pennsylvania and Pentagon crashes. The were mostly American Christians. But citizens of Canada, Britain and other countries died in the tragedy. They included Christians, Humanists, Jews, Muslims, and followers of many other religions and ethical systems.
This horrendous event triggered a number of verbal and physical attacks in the U.S. and Canada during the days following the tragedy:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported in excess of 200 attacks
on innocent Muslims since the terrorist attack. Sikhs and Hindus have also
suffered harassment, arson, and other criminal acts.
Explaining that "God will not be mocked," noted
Fundamentalist Christian tele-minister, Jerry Falwell, said that American
Pagans and other groups share responsibility for the terrorist attacks. More
details. Leading Fundamentalist Christian, James Dobson of Focus
on the Family also attacked Paganism on his radio program.
A number of Fundamentalist and other Evangelical leaders attacked Islam itself. Unfortunately, most did not differentiate between:
|Information about the terrorist attack:|
|The backlash: verbal attacks, harassment and other criminal acts
against Muslims, Sikhs, Arabs, Copts, Hindus, Pagans, etc.|
|Who is to blame for the attacks?|
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