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9/11 2001 and 2018

Thoughts from September 11, 2001

Seventeen years ago, following the 9/11 attacks, I wrote the following.

It is true that our nation will never be the same. Maybe it is time for us to change. Perhaps we have taken our abundance for granted for too long. I'm hoping we will renew raising the flag and saying the pledge every morning at school. I think it is time to undo the damage inflicted by secularists and implement a time of silence at the beginning of each school day (to pray or reflect in ways that are personally satisfying).

I'm praying that as the nation does what must be done to safeguard our citizens, we do not engage in hatred of individuals or groups. When we can say "No," to unacceptable behavior from positions of both forgiveness and firmness, we open the opportunity for true healing. I pray that we will send a clear and loud message to all those who would terrorize innocent people. The message must be, "We will not accept your behavior and you will not be allowed the freedom and opportunity to stay in our school (i.e. world)." I also pray that simultaneously, we remember that each and every one of us is a precious child of God.

Thoughts Today — September 11, 2018

We lost our innocence on 9/11, 2001 and the United States has never been the same. Two major changes occurred. First, we gained a tremendous appreciation for the first responders. Images of brave souls walking into the devastation to help others and to salvage the environment remain etched in our memories.

In addition, we now realize our vulnerability. Today, fear of terrorists dominates our view of the world. Although I respect and applaud safeguards, I continue to hope we can take courageous actions without hatred. Seventeen years have passed. As we honor the heroes of that day, let us remember that we can protect the republic without stereotyping and hating.


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