Budweiser’s Salute to 9/11

This Ad was aired only once after 9/11. Budweiser did not seek to profit from but just wanted to do something that would honor those lost.  It’s a pretty awesome commercial:

My Dream for 9/11

I personally believe that 9/11 should be viewed as a sacred day…a day that was filled with both tragedy and heroics.  I would love to see it become a National Holiday, a day that we honor those who lost their lives.  Unfortunately on the 9th anniversary what we saw for some was a day of tragedy and hope turned into just another day of politics. 

 I personally believe that this day should not be a day of politics, political rally’s, and protest.  Instead it should be a day that we stand back and remember those lives lost and the way we felt that day.

Nine years ago we all became a one.  We shed tears, quivered in fear, hoped and prayed to our God for the lives lost and for protection for the survivors and the families of the victims.  The days that followed we watched as men and women marched into the Gates of Hell searching for any sign of someone who survived.  We cheered the miracles of the few survivors and cried when non others were found. 

On that day and the day after we became Americans first, second and third.  We did not worry about the person next to us being a Republican or Democrat.  We did not care if our neighbors were black or white, gay or straight because we were all the same, we were Untied Americans.  All faiths came together from the tragedy; Jews, Buddhist, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and others put aside their difference in belief long enough to celebrate the similarities in all of us.

On 9/11 as we set back in stunned horror the world too watched.  Some openly wept with us while others cheered, but what the world would watch next was one of the greatest moments in American History.  We stood shoulder to shoulder and helped our fellow-man.  They watched as army’s of police, firemen, EMT’s and construction workers from around the nation marched into Ground Zero to try to save our fellow Americans and they watched as we wept for those who were lost.  The world saw a nation that was broken-hearted, but resilient.  They watched as all Americans came together to act as one for the betterment of those who suffered.

Slowly over time the world also watched this period of new-found brotherhood and friendship wane, and be replaced with extremely bitter political divides. 

 What I would like to see happens, is for the world one day out of every year, on 9/11, to sit back and watch as Americans come together and become one People again.  We can show the world the strength of the American heart or our underbelly.  I believe if the world can see us set aside our fights for a 24 hour period every year to embrace our brothers and sisters the world will see a nation that can never be torn apart by outsiders and they will see our true strength. 

In those awful days after 9/11 we came to temporally understand the meanings of President Kennedy’s words:

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

And for us in this Great Nation…We are All Americans!

Do Not Burn the Quran

It started with one man in Gainesville, Florida and now the horrible idea to burn a Quran has began to spread.  Preachers in Tennessee and Kansas now to say they will burn a Quran on 9/11.  This is a disgusting act by people who should know better.  Preachers should be seeking a world of peace and demonstrating their love of God not through an act that is designed to provoke but through an act of love.

These men should be gathering other leaders from multiple faiths to denounce the Islamic extremist, rather than giving the image of being extremist themselves.  In this nation we are a land of tolerance, tolerance doesn’t mean we must condone what others do but we don’t have to act like the people that we disagree with.  The Bible teaches us to hate the sin and love the sinner, in this case we should not be trying to provoke the peaceful elements of Islam but should be embracing them to denounce those who use Islam for violence.

The people have the right to burn the Quran…but that does not mean that they should do it.  Part of being a free people is the self exercise of restraint.  Just because the government of Saudi Arabia has official policy to burn Bibles and destroy holy Christian objects doesn’t mean we should act the same way. 

These preachers have decided to make a stand against Islam…thats fine but their actions could cause great damage to our nation, to our citizens and to our military.

The other part of this story should be clear…true leaders in the Islamic faith should being sending messages to the “Muslim World”.  And that message is, “If these Quran burnings take place we will have an oppertunity to show the world that we are a people of peace, demonstrate and march but do not give into acts of violence.”   Unfortunately almost no one will, especially almost no religious leaders in the “Muslim World”. 

If the Quran is burned, this will be an oppertunity for the Muslim World to show that they are a people of peace.

Finally what I find to be the most disgusting part of all this is that these Preachers would dishonor the memories of the victims of 9/11 by using a tool of hate.