Muslims Demand That Town Drop The Words ‘Islamic Terrorists’ from 9/11 Monument

Muslims Demand That Town Drop The Words ‘Islamic Terrorists’ from 9/11 Monument

That headline probably has you doing/feeling one of two things: You’re either rolling on the floor laughing yourself into a six-pack, or your blood is boiling and you might actually have blood shooting from your eyes.

This is just your friendly reminder that if you have high blood pressure or chronic anger issues, this story is not for you. Get the summary from your friends, because reading this whole thing (while it does have a happy ending) might make you want to punch something.

I say this from experience.

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In Owego, New York, a town mere hours from where the Twin Towers fell on the 11th of September, 2001, a plaque was installed that memorialized the thousands of people who lost their lives at the hands of jihadists.

The use of the words “Islamic terrorists” on the memorial created some resentment within the Muslim community.
In part, the memorial reads:

“On September 11, 2001 nineteen Islamic terrorists unsuspectedly boarded four airliners departing East Coast airports to hijack the planes and carry out a series of coordinated attacks across the United States…”

Now, those of us with a firm grasp on reality know that this is the truth, and the only group of people that this should offend would be Islamic terrorists, right? It’s not like they put, “evil Muslims killed our countrymen!” If that were the case, then maybe the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier – the Muslim group complaining about the sign – would have a legitimate case.

However, the group claims that the memorial will “encourage hatred” toward the Muslim community in the area, and they asked for the words to be removed.

Owego wasn’t having it. They said that they will not be removing the words “Islamic terrorism” because they want to “call it what it is.” While the group said that this painted Muslims in the area with a broad brush, and could possibly have negative effects within the population, the rest of us know that this is a very specific term that refers to a very specific group of people.

Yes, there are those who group in Islamic terrorists with all Muslims, but there is not a rash of anti-Muslim violence being reported in the United States, despite the left telling us that Conservatives and Republicans don’t welcome Muslims into the United States.

IJR reported the town’s response:

When asked about the IOST’s request, Town Supervisor Donald Castellucci responded:

“I don’t live in a politically-correct world. I live in a historical fact world…terrorism, whether it’s American, homegrown, Christianity, Islamic, you call it what it is.And, we don’t whitewash things, especially here.”

Did they do the right thing in refusing to give in to the pressures of the IOST? Or should they re-word the memorial to be less offensive?

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