Posts Tagged ‘9-11’

Most people who do not have a relationship with the Lord end up yawping his name in times of crisis, dire help, severe illness or you know, hungover.

I remember 9-11 like most, like it was yesterday. However, one of the stark realities that stand out the most for me is how this entire country seemed to put the petty, the mundane, the lunacy aside and give God a chance. Church attendance was through the roof! I was late by 10 minutes one day and had to sit way in the back… and I was on staff.

prayerNot that I was around in the 1930s, but I’m sure the Great Depression had the same affect on folk. This revised version of the Not-so-great Depression? Not so much, according to the Christian Post and a recent Gallup poll.

Over the last three months, about 42 percent of Americans reported that they attended church, synagogue, or mosque weekly or almost every week, which the Gallup Poll found to be the same percentage reported earlier in the year.

History has shown that a significant crisis usually results in fuller pews, as was seen after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. During this latest crisis of economic challenges, some reports have indicated that houses of worship have drawn larger crowds.

But while some churches have seen higher numbers, the recent Gallup Poll found “absolutely no change” in church attendance after reviewing almost 300,000 interviews Gallup conducted throughout this year.

Hrm. Towers blowing up and mass hysteria? Call on God. No money in your pocket, voluminous unemployment and OPEC sticking it to this country? Ah, I’ll watch TBN. Seriously?!

Some things just can’t be explained. Much like the faith I have my family and I will be all right during this tumultous time in American economics.

Read what the picture says. It’s proof that some of the best things in life really are free.

We have all had this conversation at least once. You know, the one that typically begins, “Do you know what is the safest place to sit on a plane?”

Maybe you were standing endlessly in line to have your bags checked. Perhaps you were sitting in the waiting area with your butt aching, much like the annals of time you lose in a doctor’s office. Regardless your proximity to the actual cockpit, we should all have some decorum if we choose to open our cakehole and ask that ubiquitous question. Why?

Ask Atif Irfan and his bride, Sobia Ibaz.

They had that very conversation as they boarded AirTran Flight 175… at the Reagan National Airport… in full Muslim garb… with the beard, her head scarf and all six members of their family. NOW, imagine sitting on the plane hearing that conversation from them.

9-11-airplaneYou know, forget where they were on the plane. Me thinks there is another reason all hell broke loose during boarding. Just a thought about another plane in September… not fair at all, but certainly true (note the picture).

The worried passengers contacted flight attendants, who contacted Transportation Security Administration officials, and soon, Mr. Irfan and his wife were off the plane and being questioned in the jetway. The six remaining family members in the traveling party were taken off the plane as well, along with a family friend who happened to be on the same flight and who happens to be a lawyer for the Library of Congress.

Next, the nine Muslim passengers — all but one are United States-born American citizens — were taken to a quarantine area in the passenger lounge where they were questioned by F.B.I. agents. Mr. Irfan’s three small nephews were denied access to food in the family’s carry-on luggage.

Now, this just isn’t mindless blogospherical prattling. This story has been reported in CNN and the Washington Post. And why? Not because of what they said, nor how they looked… just the imploding chemical mixture of both.

“To be honest, as a Muslim, we do understand how to deal with this, we realize this is an unfortunate aspect in our lives,” [Mr. Irfan] said by telephone from Orlando. “Whenever we get on a plane, because of the color of our skin, people tend to look at us with a wary eye anyway. Of course it was very embarrassing.”

muslim-irony1To an extent, I disagree. It’s not the color of his skin – that abhorrent distinction has been permanently reserved for African Americans. That, or white folk when they drive inside the hood, thanks largely to a faulty GPS unit.

No, the “wary eyes” come from a horrendous day in America, 12 diabolical and sardonic zealots and their misguided reason for living, and dying.

But dude is not alone…

How long were white Christians lumped in the trash heap with the KKK? How often were black Christians equated to uneducated, slave preachers who speak in tongues? And how long are strident and sacred living Muslims hurled into the maddening stereotype of terrorist en route to his or her 77 virgins with a bomb strapped to their abdomen?

Yep, it’s all a wash and yet, ecumenicism is thriving.

We need a higher calling, a sense of purpose and a direction from God, whatever you call him. I call his son, Daddy. I worship the Lord with all my life, or most of it when I’m being honest. And yet, I am blotted with the same stench-ridden brush that is reserved for televangelists who swindle millions to get a Cessna.

It’s not fair. Not at all, but it goes to show we should be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Such is life for a religious and a spiritual person. And looking like that, talking about that is not that wise nor harmless. But innocent nonetheless.

born-this-wayOne of the most popular and feng shui arguments of homosexuals is, “We are just born that way.” Well, uh, not so much.

You are born in the image of God, and according to his likeness, but you know, a guy has to make choices… and yours involve other guys, or whatever the case may be. That catch phrase has made headlines everywhere and even got religious folks second guessing the aforementioned note in Genesis.

There’s this popular aphorism, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Would it surprise you that it seems one faith-centric researcher at the University of Oxford is taking that idiom out for a spin?

Dr. Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind, claims that young people have a predisposition to believe in a supreme being because they assume that everything in the world was created with a purpose. He says that young children have faith even when they have not been taught about it by family or at school, and argues that even those raised alone on a desert island would come to believe in God.

Sure, this looks good for a tenured professor but here is some anthropology for you, and I’m sitting here in my skivvies (great visual, eh).

You ever sit in a chair without looking at it? How about start a car without checking an engine? Maybe take a pill when you have a headache? It takes faith to do all that with success. No one wants the chair to break, the engine to not turn over and the tylenol to work its mojo on your feet instead of your migraine. That’s why this epiphany doesn’t impress me.

Listen to logic: Anyone remember 9-11? Public conscience about God was flaring at an all-time high. People from all walks of life and dregs of society were holding hands and singing Kumbaya because everyone was willing to give this God a whirl. Then, when President Bush (like him or not) warded off U.S. bound terrorism for a few years, things went back to normal and folk thought they didn’t need to force allegiance to Jesus any longer.

However, what do people scream when tragedy strikes? “Oh, God!” What do people holler in the throes of passion? “Oh, God!” What do people plead when they need something really bad? “Oh, God!” How about the hungover puke-ridden party animal grasping onto the great white porcelain god named Raaallllllllph? “Oh, God!”

Any more questions about people innately driven to worship God? How about ask God? He’ll answer… every time.

Hindus have “Gandhi”. The Nation of Islam has “Malcolm X”. Christians have “The Passion of the Christ” (and so, so much more). Satanists have uh, “The Omen”. Buddhists have uh… hrm… “The Golden Child.” Atheists have um… oh let’s see, “Planet of the Apes”?! Agnostics have “Devils’ Advocate,” maybe. Catholics have “The Mission”… or perhaps “Agnes of God.”  And of course, Scientologists has anything by Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

the-message-of-muhammadSo, how come it has taken this long for Muslims to have anything to make their prayer rugs curl in Hollywood? Well…

If film producer Oscar Zoghbi has his way, Americans will be soon be flocking to movie theaters to see a film about the Prophet Muhammad and his followers that Zoghbi hopes will clear up misconceptions about Muslims, including what he says is “the understanding that all Muslims are terrorists.”

Now, it has been well documented my feelings about the differences between real, devout Muslims and those lunatics blowing themselves up to get their freak on with 77 vestal virgins.

One seeks to serve a god for a divine path of righteousness (even though not the true God) and the other is known for terrorism, 9-11 and being the spiritual equivalent of the KKK.

In other words, this movie, “The Messenger of Peace” – if done properly – has its place. Jesus was more than a man, but God in the flesh.

And then there was Muhammad, who was only a MAN who tended to stray from the sacrosanct and meandered in the muck of well, carnage.

“The movie will probably avoid or justify Muhammad’s violent and unprovoked battling years in Medina, where assassination and mass murder were done by Muhammad … in order to spread the religion, take control and silence his critics,” Darwish [author of some book noted in the story] said. “We will probably see the image of Muhammad that most Muslims were spoon-fed in their religious education.”

Yeah, about that. Maybe I’ll stick to “Aladdin”. At least they have a friendlier version of the Islam people.

Suicide bombers. Genocide. The trials of 9-11. Narrow-minded, blindly-devoted terrorists working to get into the 7th heaven and a gaggle of vestal virgins will do anything for their zealot rewards club.

Now we have this story from Great Britain about these hebetudinous Hamas Jihadists considering a peculiar form of world domination.

A hate fanatic has boasted that Muslims will one day conquer Britain — by having more babies. Speaking at a rally marking 9/11, Anjem Choudary bragged that a birth explosion would let followers of Islam take control of the country.

Here’s a question: If these hate-monger subversives believe having babies is way to take over the world, what good will a jihad be if you are too friggin’ tired to suit up for battle?!

Another thing to consider: How focused is a Middle Eastern thug when all his 100s of babay kids are pinging him on the cell asking for cash and the keys to the car?

You know if all that er, “burning calories” is worth shacking up with 72 virgins in Muslim heaven, then I have more food for thought for these moronic mercenaries:

  1. After an explosion and warfare, a pillager tends to stink. What if the virgins aren’t interested in a dude with a severe case of B.O.?
  2. What if he swings both ways, does he rock with 36 of each?
  3. If the virgins start coping an attitude, begin griping about the air conditioning, hogging the sheets, hiding the remote and want more cuddle time, is it really heaven or possibly hell?
  4. What if the terrorist feels frisky wants to bring a 73rd to the mix? Is that considered a menage-a-soixante-dix-trois?
  5. Instead of “Handel’s Messiah” clamoring as the goon enters the pearly gates, considering all the extracurricular activities he will endure, does he instead hear “Viva Viagra”?

Ah well. Good thing those sanctimonious simpletons have access to all that oil. I hear child support can put a damper on things around the holidays.