I was in a classroom stuffed with high school juniors. Which is why I couldn't bring myself to post on the ninth anniversary of 9/11. The memory still scalds the back of my conscious thought.
But I was also eight years away from having to comfort my daughter because her close friend, Mike, was leaving for Iraq. Mike's deployment was a direct result of the cataclysmic events of that Indian Summer September not so long ago.
And nine years away from welcoming Mike home again. He's the slumbering recruit on the left in this shipping-out snap.
I have strong feelings about September 11th, and our country's involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq (where several of my students have served). I'm sure many of you do, too. I'm also not usually known for being politically correct. But I try my darnedest to avoid fanning any fractious flames ~ in this forum, at any rate.
Bottom line? I respect your right to express your views. As long as you will respect my right, too.
But Pastor Muttonchops and his antics down in Florida really piss me off. I'm beyond baffled that a two-bit preacher with a congregation of 30 or so "believers" can set the world ablaze the way he has.
September 11th should be commemorated every year. We should take that day to remember the fallen, and to encourage healing and respect. Continuing to preach hate, however, not only won't solve anything, it just doesn't make any sense.