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September 14th, 2001


Tuesdays events bear the possibility of reactions, responses, and backlash that we do not need as a country. I have not seen enough discussion about possible racist reactions by citizens in our own country. A Mosque in Irving was firebombed. A little too close to home for me. I'd just like to bring it up for everyone's thought and consumption at this point. There are alot of scared people out there. And few of them might react out of that fear by attacking people they feel represent whoever attacked us. Not just physically, but verbally too. Shifting the blame to our own country men. Driving a spear whithin. Keep in mind that the last large surgence of immigrants we had were mostly of middle eastern descent. They are here because they want to be. They are here because they beleive in the same things we all do but had forgotten for so long. They are as American and patriotic as any of us, some of them more so. By lashing out at these people we are playing into terrorism's hands. The whole idea of terrorism is to disrupt our way of life that the terrorist despise so much. When you attack your own fellow Americans, you are just fueling the fire that has already been started. This is a time to stand together. We have every right to be scared. But we have to remain strong. It will be easy to trample on the rights of others in the name of our own security. It will be easy to turn a blind eye to things in the name of comfort in your own home. But it's wrong. We have a daunting task ahead of us. We have to stand as one. We have to rise to this challenge and make sure that liberty perseveres. It won't be easy. It could possibly be the most difficult struggle we have been through. It most certainly is the most difficult anyone my age has been through. But we have to rise to the test. We have to stand as one. We have to stand together, knowing that an enemy is likely in our midst. But we cannot give way to blind hate and anger. When this is over, if we as a country manage to do what is RIGHT - It will make us even stronger than before. This is our chance to prove to all the people of the world that we are not the hedonistic, racist trash that we have been and have been made out to be. This is our chance to show all those groups of people that we have shit on in the past that we CAN change and things CAN be different. As for people like Mr. Jerry Farwell who publicly blame one or several groups of people for what has happened based upon their political ideas, religious beleif, or sexual orientation... I abhore violence and hatred. I would not wish it upon anyone. But when you provoke it. When you stir the embers and throw fuel into the fire - you sir, are subject to the very flames you have provoked. I hope that people can stay their hand in the face of such blind hatred. I hope they can forgive him for being so scared that he felt he needed to lash out at others who he is supposed to be standing with, even leading. Please keep your head. And when you have the chance, show a little love and compassion. Let's show everyone what America can be at it's best.
Tonight I welcome everybody out to B.D. Riley's on 6th Street to share in a pint or two, and try to ressurrect a sense of camraderie. Pubcrawler, an excellent Irish band, will be playing. And as the title suggests, myself and several compatriots will be in attendance.

All and sundry are invited...

This is what got me so angry....

God Gave U.S. 'What We Deserve,' Falwell Says

By John F. Harris
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 14, 2001; Page C03

Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.

"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted by Robertson.

"Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson responded. "I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population."

Falwell said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a lot of blame for this," again winning Robertson's agreement: "Well, yes."

Then Falwell broadened his blast to include the federal courts and others who he said were "throwing God out of the public square." He added: "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.' "

People for the American Way transcribed the broadcast and denounced the comments as running directly counter to President Bush's call for national unity. Ralph G. Neas, the liberal group's president, called the remarks "absolutely inappropriate and irresponsible."

Robertson and others on the religious right gave critical backing to Bush last year when he was battling for the GOP presidential nomination. A White House official called the remarks "inappropriate" and added, "The president does not share those views."

Falwell was unrepentant, saying in an interview that he was "making a theological statement, not a legal statement."

"I put all the blame legally and morally on the actions of the terrorist," he said. But he said America's "secular and anti-Christian environment left us open to our Lord's [decision] not to protect. When a nation deserts God and expels God from the culture . . . the result is not good."

Robertson was not available for comment, a spokeswoman said. But she released a statement echoing the remarks he made on his show. An ACLU spokeswoman said the group "will not dignify the Falwell-Robertson remarks with a comment."

2001 The Washington Post Company

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