It was only a matter of time before we got to this point. Through some form of liberal alchemy, a strange thing has happened in the 15 years since Osama Bin Laden’s goons hijacked four American airplanes and sent 3,000 people to their graves. Somewhere along the line, we decided (or, at least, we were told) that the true victims of 9/11 were not the people doing business at the World Trade Center, not the first-responders, not the passengers on those doomed jets, and not the individuals working at the Pentagon. No, the true victims of that day were Muslims.
To avoid furthering the damage, Barack Obama and other liberals have diligently avoided using terms like “Islamic terrorism” to describe terrorist acts carried out in the name of Islam. Democrats haven’t quite settled on a universal alternative term for this phenomenon; they seem to enjoy “violent extremism,” though. Other possibilities include “religious extremism,” “domestic terrorism,” and, in a pinch, “workplace violence.” And, on the rarest of occasions, backed up against the wall, they will sigh audibly and use the phrase of last resort: Islamist terrorism. We’re to believe that this small adjustment is very meaningful.
Now, we’re apparently supposed to adopt this political correctness as it pertains to September 11th. That’s what Donald Castelluci, the city manager of Owego, New York, discovered when he designed a new memorial commemorating the lives lost on that tragic day. The inscription on the memorial reads:
“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 the lives lost that day and to 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.”
But the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier, which operates out of a nearby town, told Castelluci that…well…there was one thing they would like Americans to forget, if it wasn’t too much trouble.
“They want us to change the word from ‘Islamic Terrorist’ to either ‘terrorist’ or ‘Al Qaeda terrorist,'” Castelluci said in an interview with Todd Starnes of Fox News. “I sent them back an email saying I disagreed with their premise 100 percent.”
As far as we know, memorials are meant to help people remember. If we’ve gotten to the point where we’re going to start using them as a platform for liberal propaganda, we might as well let people forget. History is only important insofar as it teaches us how to best live in the present. If we fictionalize it, those lessons will be lost.