There are very few days in life I truly remember. Like most of you reading this I will never forget where I was on 9/11/01. I will never forget the very moment I heard about the towers falling. I will never forget the video, and the tears, and how scared all of us where. Scared because we had no idea what was going on. Scared because we couldn’t comprehend who would want to do something so horrific. I will never forget the hole in the side of the pentagon, and I will never forget those who gave their lives in Pennsylvania to save the life of people they never even met.
I will also never forget the months after when the witch hunt began for Muslims living in the United States. I will never forget my Moroccan friends being cornered and asked if they were Arabic and them, fearing for their lives, responding that they are Mexican.
For a brief moment in history we were a United Nation. Sadly it was a brief moment. Although we like to tell ourselves that we are all united for a common interest, so many still have it all wrong about the people who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
We all feel sadness and anger towards what happened on 9/11. Not just Christians, but also Muslims, and Agnostics, and Atheists, and Buddhists, and all religious sects.It was not just Christians whose lives were violently taken from them.
We will never forget those who lost their lives on 9/11. All those who lost their lives. My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone they love on that tragic morning.
Let’s United again. Let’s turn this anger into something positive. People often say everything happens for a reason. I’m not sure that is entirely true, but I do believe you can make a reason for everything that happen. Let’s embrace some of the things that made our country so great to begin with; our differences, our freedom of religion, our constitution.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.”
What if everyone set aside their religious beliefs for one day? What would there be to fight about?
On this day, 9/11/2010, let’s remember ALL who lost their lives. Rest in Peace.