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Muslims should back off on Sept. 11

Just as they want the Holocaust to be eradicated from the history books, some Muslims are trying to ‘˜cleanse the narrative’ when it comes to the September 11 terrorist attacks that killed more than 3000 people. I say some Muslims because we have no idea how many really feel that way. Muslims don’t speak out against other Muslims lest they, too, become victims of Muslim extremists so we have no way to know if they hate this country and its non-Muslim inhabitants or adore us. I think the former far outnumber the later but that’s just me. I am told some Muslims spoke out against the September 11 attacks immediately after them. I missed that. My church recently held a seminar that was supposed to guide me on the path to understanding Islam and Muslims. I missed that, too. Perhaps I will attend one after I see a mosque promoting a seminar on ‘˜Maybe we ought not to lop off the heads of these Christians after all’. I won’t be holding my breath. But, back to the cleansing of the narrative meme. This past Saturday, the small town of Oswego, New York dedicated its 9/11 Memorial. The inscription upon it reads as follows: On September 11, 2001 nineteen Islamic terrorists unsuspectedly boarded four airliners departing east coast airports to hijack the planes and carry out a series of coordinated attacks against the United States. This is a tribute to all the lives lost that day and to the heroic sacrifice of all who rushed to help. As Americans, we honor their memory by living our lives in freedom. We will never forget. You know where this is going, right? Of course you do. A group known as the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier (apparently Oswego is in a region known as the Southern Tier of New York) was duly offended by the solemn truth contained in the inscription. They fired off a letter, which is better than an RPG, I suppose, claiming the inscription would encourage hatred toward Muslims. I am reminded of an old saying my grandmother used frequently: ‘˜the hit dog hollers loudest’. One hit dog went to a local TV station to complain the inscription is ‘a broad brush against the many Muslims who live in the Southern Tier’. At this point, most bureaucrats would take the politically correct path, roll over and display the cowardly soft underbelly we so often see when we are challenged. Thankfully, Oswego city manager Donald Castelluci is not cut from that weak, soft cloth. The Muslims demanded he change the inscription and use the words ‘˜terrorists’ or ‘˜Al Qaeda terrorists’. Castelluci refused and responded that he disagreed 100% with their premise. ’This is not about religion. It’s about one event on one day that killed more than 3000 people. I don’t live in a politically correct world. I live in a historical fact world – whether it’s American, homegrown, Christian, Islamic – you call it what it is. And we don’t whitewash things, especially here,’ he told an astonished reporter. Welcome to my world, Mr. Castelluci. Here’s hoping more of those mired in political correctness will join us! Walter Geiger is editor and publisher of The Herald Gazette.

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