Friday, September 09, 2005

A memorial to their lunacy

Expect this to become a battle anthem for the kooks. The proposed memorial for the downed 9/11 flight in Pennsyvlania is a -- gasp! -- crescent! And you know what crescents mean, doncha? Well, doncha?

The red crescent moon is the symbol of the The Red Crescent Society, the arm of the International Federation of The Red Cross dedicated to serving Islamic countries and the crescent moon with a star is the internationally-recognized symbol of the faith of Islam. It is featured prominently in some variation on the flags of most Islamic states.

Luckily for us, Michelle Malkin has rounded up only the craziest comments from the most respected members of the loon-o-sphere. My favorite comes from everyone's favorite call center manager/children's clown/fake sailor, who taps this gem out:

Can you imagine the outcry from the multiculturalists and the ACLU had the design incorporated a cross or a Star of David in honor of the victims? Why should we tolerate the Crescent that, inadvertently or deliberately, honors the terrorists?

As long as that crescent remains in the design, I'm not donating a red cent to the memorial. I urge you to tell the National Parks Service and the Secretary of the Interior to rethink their plans.

Read that through a couple of times just to get a flavor of how absolutely nuts these people are.

Interestingly, none of the victims' families seemed upset about this, indeed they seemed to love the memorial. Guess they just haven't received their nutball talking points yet.

And the AP picks it up.

"This is a memorial to the terrorists who killed those people, not a memorial to the folks who died there innocently," said the Rev. Ron McRae, leader of the Bible Anabaptist Church near Jerome, about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

"The crescent is as much connected to Islam as the cross is to Christianity," said McRae of Conemaugh Township, also listed as director and founder on the Web site of the Lancaster-based Street Preachers Fellowship.

Here's what the designer told them:

Murdoch, however, said his crescent has no religious significance, but was created to add formality to the bowl-shaped valley surrounding the crash site.

"This is not about any religion per se," Murdoch said in a telephone interview with the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown. "It's a spiritual space, and a sacred place, but it's open to anyone."

The word "crescent," he said, was used as a generic architectural term for a curved line. "Sure, there is an Islamic crescent," Murdoch said. "Theirs is a lunar crescent. Ours isn't based on that."

Expect Rush to go wall-to-wall on this in about 15 minutes.

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