A New York town is under fire from a group of activists Muslims who say a new 9/11 memorial is offensive because it includes the words “Islamic terrorists.”
The granite memorial, which will be dedicated Saturday in the Town of Owego, says:
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 against the United States.
This is a tribute to all who lost their lives that day and to all the heroic sacrifice of all who rushed to help.
As Americans, we honor their memory by living our lives in freedom. We will never forget.
Evidently, members of a group called the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier would like for one thing to be forgotten: that the hijackers were Muslims.
In a letter to the town’s leaders, the organization said that the mention of Islamic terrorism on the tragic day is a “broad brush against the many Muslims who live in the Southern Tier” which could heighten anti-Muslim sentiment in the area.
According to reports, the group wants the monument changed to say simply “terrorists” or “al Qaida terrorists.”
But, in a refreshing rejection of insane political correctness, the town’s officials aren’t going to change the monument.
Town Supervisor Donald Castellucci told local Fox 40: “I don’t live in a politically correct world. I live in a historical fact world and cross-terrorism, whether it’s American, homegrown, Christianity, Islamic, you call it what it is. And, we don’t whitewash things, especially here. And, we think we’ve done the accurate citing of what happened.”