Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Complicated case-- man's son died on September 11th. The family's hometown wants to erect a memorial, but the victim's father won't allow it unless it includes the statement "Murdered by Muslim terrorists." It has never been erected. The man is clearly correct; that's what happened. It makes me think, though, as well, of why the founding fathers gave the president the power to pardon criminals, and gave it to him with no restrictions. It is true that the 9-11 terrorists did what they did in service to Islam as they understood it, and that their backers still think the same way. But doesn't the phrase, "murdered by Muslim terrorists" imply that the terrorists spoke for Islam in its entirety? We wouldn't be comfortable seeing a memorial to a victim of white supremacists reading, "murdered by white terrorists?" would we? Perhaps it's not exactly the same situation, but for the father to ask the municipality to endorse his own view, when the town has Muslim citizens still living in it, seems understandable but still unreasonable.

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