I am writing these reflections on September 11, 2016, just 15 years after what many call the most tragic day in American history — the day in which more than 3,000 innocent civilians died at the hands of young murderous, suicidal devotees of an oppressive religion.
It is a splendid, sunny Sunday in NYC — not unlike that beautiful, tragic Tuesday, September 11, 2001 we remember so well.
I sense the amazing grace of God in the Divine powerful presence and protections and also in the wonderful beauty of this "day that the Lord has made." Yet I feel the unspeakable grief at the senseless pain and loss we are remembering. This grief we still feel in New York City, my town. It is magnified by the combination of the huge human loss, the perversion of religion, and the stunning inability of our many PC-enslaved leaders to think or speak clearly on this Islamic terrorist threat, a mortal danger to us that is still growing. more >>
As Americans paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed 15 years ago during the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, actor Kirk Cameron encouraged parents to teach their children the Pledge of Allegiance and talk to them about the freedoms the diverse nation thrives on.
Standing in the middle of the flag memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, that represents the 2,977 people who died at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the former "Growing Pains" star encouraged his Facebook fans on Sunday to honor the nation "that our Founding Fathers gave us."
"At a beautiful display of all of these flags remembering all of the people who died in the vicious attacks of our country 15 years ago, I just wanted to say that I still pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands," Cameron says in the video that has been watched more than 454,000 times. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a former American hostage who was held for three and a half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, said on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 that Muslims started a war on Christianity with the terror attacks.
Abedini said that although most Christian pastors do not want to say it, Islam is a satanic religion that leads people astray.
President Barack Obama could potentially face the first veto override of his presidency, after a bill allowing 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia was unanimously passed in the House.
"We miss them. And we grieve at what they have missed in lives cut short by terrorists whose immediate targets were innocents and whose ongoing target is everything America has stood for, fought for and promised to protect and defend since our union was formed," the families said in a statement, according to CBS News.
"And we anguish especially as we witness the spread of the poisonous ideology that is determined to ensure that 9/11 was only the beginning." more >>
I was broadcasting live on the radio on the morning of September 11, 2001. We knew about the two planes which had been rammed into the Twin Towers and the one which had been used as a missile against the Pentagon. There had been reports that there was one more plane not accounted for. Not long after that, reports started to come in from our listeners that smoke could be seen coming from Somerset County, which was in our broadcast area. Then came official news that Flight 93 had crashed in Shanksville.
Anyone with access to national media was given all of that information almost immediately. But there's a part of the story which national media did not report.
A few weeks after the massacres of 9/11, a listener faxed a copy of a story from The Tribune-Democrat, a local paper which serves that community. It was written by Tom Lavis and it tells the story of what the first responders saw upon their arrival at the crash site. more >>
Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 at 7:20 AM I flew out of Newark Airport on United Airlines, just before United flight #93 left the same terminal at 8:01 with the hijackers. Arriving at Dulles Airport at 8:44 AM, from which hijacked American flight #77 left, I boarded my next flight for Lynchburg, Virginia and then was asked to deplane. A few minutes later all passengers were asked to leave the Terminal A and go to the main terminal. A ticket taker began screaming and the group of passengers became very excited.
Thinking better of the whole situation I held back and walked out slowly. I didn't know what had happened or what was continuing to happen in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.
While in the main terminal I called my wife Pat and Liberty University to which I was traveling. Subsequently, I received a better understanding of the situation, but still I was somewhat in the dark. more >>