Friday, September 11, 2015

In Memory 9-11-01

On September 11, 2001, more than 3,000 people lost their lives because some people still believe that violence in the name of religion is acceptable human behavior. More than 400 people who ran into hell hoping to save others lost their lives because some people still believe that violence in the name of religion is acceptable human behavior. Estimates vary, but somewhere around 1,500 more people have lost their lives in the intervening 14 years as a direct result of those events, because some people still believe that violence in the name of religion is acceptable human behavior.

Violence in the name of religion is not acceptable human behavior.

There really isn’t anything else to be said that hasn’t already been said a million times over. Thank you to the heroes, both the living and the dead, who did what they could. Remember those who lost their lives, and don’t forget those who are still dealing with the consequences. Rise above the hate that caused such a terrible loss. Give someone you love a hug, then consider loving more people. Look to the future.

Violence in the name of religion is not acceptable human behavior. If we learn nothing else from that day, I still have hope that we might at least learn this.

(Photo credit Jin Lee from the 911 Memorial blog.)

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