Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Islamic Symbols Remain in the 9/11 Memorial Plans...

So many people I have spoken with are under the impression that the original outrage over the Islamic Crescent in the plan for the Flight 93 Memorial caused the Muslim symbol to be removed. Wrong.

"A group of concerned citizens has been raising alarms about the Islamic elements planned for the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., for years. And a member of Congress has demanded the National Park Service make changes in its plans.

But there's been no substantive response, and now the activists say it's time for the American people to let officials know whether they want to pay for a memorial with a crescent that points to Mecca. The opponents say the configuration comprises a "mihrab," the foundational point for every Islamic mosque. It also includes a tower designed like an Islamic sundial and 44 memorial glass blocks, one each for the passengers, crew and terrorists aboard Flight 93.

The new petition, promoted both online and on paper, tells the government simply to investigate the design of the memorial, which is to honor the passengers and crew members of Flight 93 who perished Sept. 11, 2001." (source)


I've read articles that claim the architect (Paul Murdoch) changed the crescent to a circle with an entry point --which still looks like a crescent to me in the pictures. I know some people mock the concerns as yet another right-wing conspiracy theory, but it's just too coincidental. Down the the red maples that line it...

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