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 >>
This Sunday, September 11, is the 15th remembrance of the awful terror attacks on the World Trade Center. In each of our lives much has happened in these past fifteen years since that terrible morning, but it is good to go back to recall some of what we learned at that time. In particular, what Bible passages were especially significant in our personal and leadership roles here in New York City, my town?
What comes to mind especially strongly are three great Scripture passages that helped give us all
1. both comfort and courage more >>
This Sunday will mark the fifteen anniversary of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington DC.
Two-thousand two hundred and ninety-six people were killed that day, and six thousand others were injured by the deadliest terrorist attack on America since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the day that FDR told us "would live in infamy."
Add to that the people who heroically sacrificed their lives to prevent a third plane from crashing into Congress or the White House and the thousands of first responders whose health was seriously or fatally compromised by the massive cleanup operation, and you have a human tragedy of staggering proportions. And it must be always remembered that for every victim there are many other loved ones who still grieve the lost sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, etc. We should all lift up those who are still grieving for their lost loved ones, particularly this Sunday. more >>
A Canadian Muslim man who was formerly radicalized revealed in an interview earlier this week that his jihadist views changed after he met with Taliban militants, which subsequently led him to fight terrorism as an undercover agent.
Mubin Shaikh said he got "bit with the jihadi bug," and described himself as someone who had been "radicalized," according to The Blaze.
He said that he even radicalized and recruited other young people to "this singular narrative." To accomplish that, he would often ask young Muslims, "There is a war on Islam. What are you doing about it?' he recalled in the interview with The Blaze in New York City on Tuesday. more >>
Lakewood Church's Joel and Victoria Osteen's America's Night of Hope has crisscrossed the country spreading the hope of the Gospel. Now that message may reach an even wider audience with a partnership with Hallmark Channel.
Multichannel News reported that Hallmark will team up with the Osteens, who will produce an original special that is likely to garner a large audience thanks to Hallmark's viewer track record. The channel reached No. 2 among primetime total viewers with an all-time high of 2.48 million last year during the week of Nov. 23-29, according to Variety.
The special will spotlight an edited version of the Osteen's Detroit-based event, which is part of their America's Night of Hope events that take place around the country, according to Hallmark. more >>
Saudi Arabia has warned that it will sell up to $750 billion worth of U.S. assets held by the oil-rich Kingdom if the U.S. Congress passes a bill that would allow victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attack to sue the Saudi Arabia government.
Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir made a trip to Washington, D.C. last month to personally deliver the message to the American lawmakers, according to The New York Times.
In the message, al-Jubeir warned against passing of the bipartisan Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, which would amend the federal judicial code to include among the exceptions to U.S. jurisdictional immunity of foreign states any statutory or common law tort claim arising out of an act of extrajudicial killing, aircraft sabotage, hostage taking, terrorism, or the provision of material support or resources for such an act, or any claim for contribution or indemnity relating to a claim arising out of such an act. more >>