Sep. 11th, 2010

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Often on this day I see posts pop up around social media sites in which the writers recount where they were the moment they heard what had happened. It does seem that such details stick quite clearly in one's mind when faced with something horrific.

But the "Where we were" meme has been done. I think it's a better question to ask "Where are we now?"

I desperately want to believe this is not where we are. I want to believe we are not somewhere in which "Is the president a Muslim?" is not only treated as a relevant question but a scandal. I want to believe we are not somewhere in which several thousand people clicked the "like" button on the "International Burn a Koran Day" Facebook page, before the page was removed. I want to believe that we are not somewhere that a community center being built in Lower Manhattan is a controversy.

I want to believe we are not in a country in which our values have been handed over to the exact fear and hatred our enemies sought to create.

So, where are we?

Hatred killed nearly 3,000 people that day. Hatred does not honor a single one of them.

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