Thursday, September 11, 2008
We checked around for a 9/11 memorial service to attend today, being that we are Paramedics by trade, American by birth, and might I add... HUMAN in SPIRIT by the grace of God. Most were either too far to drive, or started too early to beat rush hour. The AJC listed one in Marietta at the Cobb Civic Center at noon.
My first mistake was assuming that it was organized by Cobb Co. leaders or Public Safety Officials. My second mistake was assuming that it would be a service to memorialize those who died on 9/11 - EMS, Police, and Fire... as well as civilian, and also as a tribute to our Military personnel who have served since then to "fight the war on terror" and those who served even before 9/11. Boy howdee, were we wrong.
This disgusting service was organized by a right wing religious cooperative, formed from local church groups, who took this day of Honor and Remembrance and degraded it by NOT having a true memorial service, but rather sounding a call to action (in the name of 9/11 and all it stands for) to return Americans to their "true moral foundations". Not only was this an opportunistic approach to further their adjenda, but it was a disgrace and a dishonor to those who died on 9/11.
One speaker boasted aloud (and is directly quoted from their pamphlet), "On one level, the events of 9/11 awakened us to the threat of radical Islamic fundamentalism... but the greater threat confronting us is our departure from God." Their service progressed, it was one slippery step away from blaming 9/11 on the demoralization of our nation.. which coincidentally is one of the rationalizations that those same radical Islamic fundamentalists claim was their motivation for killing 3000 people that day. I say BULLSHIT!!!
Not a single word was uttered to honor the civilians who were trapped and died, or who were on Flight 93. Not a single word was uttered to honor those brave souls who rushed IN as thousands ran OUT. Not a single word was uttered to honor the EMT's, Paramedics, Fire Fighters, and Police Officers who gave their lives to save others. And for that I say *SHAME ON YOU* to this organization called CRY OUT AMERICA.
Their printed pamphlet/program was word for word, highlighted in bold print, the scripture attendees were expected to repeat, all the way down to an expectation to say "I repent" on the spot. I take offense with this (or any) religious group abusing a civic day of Honor and Remembrance to further their adjenda. I take offense that they did not disclose what their service was TRULY going to be about. I take offense that they utilized government property, and more so that they were allowed to do so probably free of charge, for their rally. And that was exactly what it was... A RELIGIOUS RALLY... NOT A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR 9/11.
Now... don't get me wrong. I feel that there is nothing wrong with a moving spiritual service ALONG SIDE of Remembering and Honoring the events of 9/11. But this was a DISHONOR. Let's take a moment today, and really recognize what 9/11 SHOULD be about, and HONOR and REMEMBER.