An Arizona college student passing out American flags with friends Friday for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 was forced to move after campus officials accused her of hindering foot traffic and lacking the proper permit. Despite the university's denials, the event organizer said officials violated her right to free speech.
Northern Arizona University student Stephanee Freer was confronted by four university officials and one police officer the week of Sept. 11 and told she could not pass out U.S. flags inside the university building. Freer told the Arizona Daily Sun that she and other students were initially passing out the flags and other patriotic material outside, but fled indoors when it began to rain.
University officials, however, told the students they were violating event rules listed in the student handbook and would need to either move the event outside or move to another section of the building. The section they were told to move to is less visible to the public, Freer said. more >>
The name of a victim killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks appears misspelled in the newly opened memorial at the former site of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City.
Jeffrey Schreier's sister, Janice Hart, visited the memorial Sunday only to discover her brother's name misspelled, and told NBC New York that she could not believe it.
The inscription reads "Jeffery" instead of "Jeffrey." more >>
Prayer Stations were a very visible feature across Lower Manhattan for the 9/11 anniversary over the weekend, where booths were set up along Broadway, as well as by City Hall, close to the 9/11 memorial site.
The Prayer Stations were manned by volunteers from Christian organization Youth With A Mission, a group conceptualized by the founder Nick Savoca in 1992, with a goal of bringing prayer out to the people.
YWAM promotes that it preaches in a modern way, without raised voices, but with a smile and a handshake. more >>
Muslim radicals have set fire to the U.S. flag while protesting in front of the American embassy in London during a moment of silence being held in memory of the 9/11 victims on the 10th anniversary.
While those at the memorial at Grosvenor Square paused to commemorate the moment the first hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center a decade ago, a group of 100 radicals, including members of Muslims Against Crusades, shouted slurs against the United States.
“USA terrorists,” the group chanted while holding signs of various anti-American slogans. more >>
As Willow Creek Community Church Pastor Bill Hybels reflected on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he told his congregation to get rid of their naiveté about the reality of evil.
Just as the famed evangelist Billy Graham stated 10 years ago in front of then President George Bush and the rest of the country, Hybels affirmed Sunday that there is evil and Christians must learn how to respond to it.
"Some of us ... are naive to the reality of evil. We have never come to terms with what the Bible teaches about Satan and his power and how he organizes his accomplices to wreak havoc in this world and to wreak havoc in your life," Hybels said to thousands attending the Chicago-area megachurch. more >>
On the heels of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, conservatives and pundits expressed outrage over remarks by Paul Krugman, a liberal columnist for The New York Times, in his Sunday column titled “The Years of Shame.” He took exhaustive liberties in criticizing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former President George W Bush by writing, “what happened after 9/11” was “deeply shameful.”
Krugman, whose columns typically support leftist positions, states that the attacks should have been “a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue.” Bush and Giuliani, both of whom played instrumental roles in the aftermath of 9/11, were both referred to as “fake heroes” and described as having “raced to cash in on the horror.”
The emotional distress that enveloped the country after the attacks was used to “to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons,” according to Krugman. more >>