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9/11 Remembrance: A Time for Unity

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 11, 2010

“Rest In Peace to the innocent people who lost their lives, in NYC, Washington, D.C. & Pennsylvania. And those who died as a result of the ensuing wars in Afghanistan & Iraq.”

The anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States is a time for Americans to remember they are “one nation under God” — no matter what that God is called, U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday.

Saturday will mark nine years since the deadly attacks, committed by Islamic militants, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn.

In recent months, events like the proposed burning of the Qur’an in Florida and the outcry over a proposed Islamic cultural centre near Ground Zero have uncovered deep-seated feelings of suspicion and resentment toward Muslims.

Brooklyn firefighters George Johnson, left, Dan McWilliams, centre, and Billy Eisengrein raise a flag at the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

Obama attributed those feelings in part to the struggling U.S. economy.

I think that at a time when the country is anxious generally and going through a tough time, then fears can surface, suspicions, divisions can surface in a society,” Obama told reporters at a press conference Friday morning.

He harkened back to the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, praising then President George W. Bush, whom he more often criticizes, for being “crystal-clear about the fact that [America was] not at war with Islam.

And I will do everything that I can … to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation,” he said.

I think it is absolutely important now for the overwhelming majority of the American people to hang on to that thing that is best in us, a belief in religious tolerance, clarity about who our enemies are — our enemies are al-Qaeda and their allies who are trying to kill us.”

We have to make sure that we don’t start turning on each other.”

As in other years, official ceremonies are planned Saturday in each of the three locations that were struck.

Obama will attend a commemoration at the Pentagon, while Vice-President Joe Biden will attend the ceremony at Ground Zero. First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will travel to Shanksville to observe the anniversary there.


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Worldwide uproar over Quran burning

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 9, 2010

Afghan police went on alert yesterday to guard against demonstrations triggered by a U.S. church’s plan to burn a copy of the Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, which has drawn global condemnation.

Tension has risen with the approach of the ninth anniversary on Saturday of the Sept. 11 hijacked airliner attacks on the United States and the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is expected to be celebrated today or tomorrow.

Plans by Terry Jones, the pastor of a small church in Gainesville, Fla., to burn a copy of the holy Muslim book have added to what U.S. religious leaders have described as an “anti-Muslim frenzy.”

The United Nations said such an act would be “abhorrent.”

“On behalf of the United Nations and the whole international community present in Afghanistan, I would like to express in the strongest possible terms our concern and, indeed, outrage at the announcement by a small religious group abroad of their intention to burn copies of the holy book of the Quran,” United Nations envoy Staffan de Mastura said in a statement issued in Kabul.

The planned Quran-burning by the Dove World Outreach Center sparked protests by several hundred Afghans in Kabul this week, mostly students from religious schools. Gathered outside of a mosque in the Afghan capital, they chanted “death to America.”

A senior police official in Kabul, who asked not to be identified, said that an Interior Ministry anti-demonstration unit had been put on high alert yesterday in case protests broke out.

Pastor dead set on book burning

Pastor Terry Jones of a little-known Protestant church in Gainesville, Fla., said yesterday that he will go ahead with burning the Quran, despite official warnings that it will endanger American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We are still determined to do it, yes,” Jones told the CBS “Early Morning” show.

He said that he wanted the event to send a “warning” to so-called hard-line Muslims, who he said were intent on exerting influence over the United States.

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