Friday, 9 September 2011
Justin O. Smith writes from Murfreesboro Tennessee:
Please Lord...Bless America, fortify our nation and give us victory over our enemies from within and abroad, just as Moses was granted victory over Amalek, Gideon over Mideon and David over Goliath. Preserve our ranks and rise up to help us, and put to shame and cast down those that devise evil against us, and let them be as dust before the wind in the face of Thy faithful warriors, and may Thy Almighty Angel confound them and put them to flight.
All of America and any of Her remaining allies should be remembering, honoring and praying for the thousands of innocent unsuspecting people who were murdered on September 11, 2001. Honor them. And pray for them and all of the many surviving friends and family members, as they still grieve and mourn their loss.
Many Americans remember the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. quite vividly, as if it were only yesterday in fact. In just a few short moments a chain of events occurred that strew organic matter across lower Manhattan like ground coffee; in those horrifying last moments of their lives, in a blink of an eye, the victims of 9/11, from the World Trade Center to the Pentagon and on to a desolate field in Pennsylvania, were dismembered, disintegrated and incinerated. Mayor Giuliani sent thousands of body bags, and only a few hundred were used.
While I take a strong stance against the "religion" called Islam, in large part due to its core doctrines of Sharia Law and its great need of reforms, I do not hate all Muslims. I have known and befriended many Muslims over the years. During the 'One Nation Under God' celebration this past May, I spoke with 98 year old Safir Omidi who impressed me with his love for America; he also told me that he had once considered converting to Christianity, but he feared he would be killed upon returning to Iran to visit family members.
A precious little seven year old Muslim girl with a beautiful smile was with Mr. Omidi. Her eyes sparkled and shone with wide-eyed innocence as she asked me if I would like to hear her sing "America the Beautiful". When I mentioned this to Lou Ann Zelenik, one of the event's organizers, she guided this little girl to the microphone. It was a heart-warming performance that should give us all hope. Someone was teaching this child to love America.
Even if one believes that a moderate Islam exists, Islam is like an out of control river. Whenever an immense river bursts through a dam, everything is swept away in its raging torrent...debris, trees, even houses. As Islam's influence and its population increases in numbers, in any nation, Islam becomes less tolerant of all other religions, and the "moderates," such as Safir Omidi, get overwhelmed by the current of radical fundamentalists, as they move to implement Sharia doctrines. According to a recent PEW survey, approximately 10% of the Muslim population in the U.S. believe suicide bombings are an acceptable practice, and 30% of Muslims in the U.S. believe violence is an acceptable form of defending Islam. This is further compounded in that the U.S. Muslim communities hide hundreds of thousands of radicals within their confines.
If America truly desires to honor the victims of 9/11, She will seal and protect Her borders, north and south. Honor their memory by profiling from coast to coast, much like the Israelis, as law enforcement and intelligence agencies give everyone scrutiny but focus on male Muslims ages 18-36; also, implement the New York Police Dept. program, designed by ex-CIA agents, that infiltrates Muslim communities in search of terror plots. Let us once again fight wars to win...Let war be war, not a game, as we turn our backs on the duplicity of the entire Middle East and Islam, as it now stands, and lift our voices in unison, "Never Again!"
It would be a disservice to our beloved America and a dishonor to the memory of those thousands of living souls slain most horribly if we do not state the truth. The attacks on September 11, 2001 were perpetrated by radical fundamentalist Islamic terrorists predominantly from Saudi Arabia. While some victims jumped from the Towers to avoid burning alive, some did not escape the flames and the rest were dismembered in the collapsing rubble of the WTC, as millions of Muslims around the world and here in the U.S. rejoiced with cries of "Victory!" and "Allah O Akbar!"
Wake Up America! If you truly wish to honor the Dead of 9/11, wake up and work to save this nation! Too many of you do not understand or do not want to understand that the Islamic fundamentalists of the world are waging a New Crusade against all of Western civilization. The proof is everywhere if only you will see it! From Italy to Germany, from France to the U.K., from the Netherlands to Sweden, most of Europe is being overrun by radical Muslims and Islam. Currently in Turkey, a supposedly moderate Islamic nation, Christian churches cannot be rebuilt if they are somehow destroyed. A furor has also been raised in Indonesia because of a Christian group seeking to build a church on a street with an Islamic name. Kosovo had hundreds of Christian churches before the return of the mujahdeen and the jihadists from Afghanistan in 1989. Then there are converts to Islam such as Lauren Booth, who is the sister-in-law of the U.K.'s ex-Prime Minister, Tony Blair; Booth recently screamed in a speech before East London Muslims that they should conquer Israel and occupy Jerusalem. Even here in the Nashville, TN area we have witnessed imams tied to 9/11, such as Awad Binhazim, as they still move and speak freely across the U.S. The hate for America, Israel and the West, in general, swells within the Islamic world like a fire fed by the wind!
As America moves forward, please pray that God creates in us a clean heart and renews a right spirit within us; strengthens us all in faith, fortifies our hope, breathes into us a true love for one another, and arms us with unity of spirit in the righteous defense of the Heritage that He gave to us and to our Founding Fathers; and, pray God does not let the scepter of the wicked be exalted over the destiny of those whom He has sanctified.
"Solvite corde metum"..."then free your heart from fear!"
Posted on 09/09/2011 12:44 PM by NER
9 Sep 2011
One day, St Nicholas' Greek Orthodox Church will be rebuilt; the little church which was obliterated when the Towers fell.
And then perhaps in Septembers to come the bells wiil ring and the Kontakion will be recited.
'The Kontakion of the Dead is one of the most moving portions of the lservice. It is linked to the Ikhos, another hymn which follows it...It is also chanted during panikhidas (memorial services) which are conducted both before and after the funeral.
"Kontakion: With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant, where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.
'Ikhos: Thou alone art immortal, who hast created and fashioned man.
'But we mortals are formed of earth, and unto dust shall we return, as thou who madest me didst command and say unto us, 'For thou art dust, and to dust shalt thou return.
'Whither, also, all we mortals wend our way, making as a funeral dirge the song:
"Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia".
...During the procession, the bells are tolled.
"In the Russian tradition, the funeral toll is called Perebor.
'Each individual bell is struck once, from the smallest to the largest, in a slow, steady peal. After that, all of the bells are struck together at the same time. Striking the bells from the smallest to the largest symbolizes the stages of a person's life from birth to death; the final striking of all the bells together symbolizes the end of this earthly life"...
(And imagine if one September 11, in time to come, all the churches of New York City that possess bells, from the smallest parish church to the great Catholic and Episcopal Cathedrals, but led by St Nicholas's at Ground Zero, were to perform an equivalent of the 'perebor' together, at the same time of day as the Towers were struck, and fell; the number of peals being determined by the average age of the victims. )
My final thought: an excerpt from this piece by an Australian who was in New York and witnessed the attacks:
She was in the Millennium Hotel. She says "I watched at the window while the enormity of the disaster began to unfold, watched as we realized people were trapped on the floors above the explosion..
"People were throwing whatever they could out of the windows - tables, water coolers, etc - to break the glass and get air. I could see them hanging out of windows, then to my horror I realized people were beginning to jump to their death rather than being burned alive...And there was nothing I, or as it turned out, anyone else, could do to help.'
'I saw what I'm pretty sure was a policeman killed by a person who fell on him.
[and then, if you click on the link, you will see a photo she took]
and she says of the photo -
"There is a dead man about the middle of this shot of the courtyard below my hotel. He's wearing a pink shirt and white pants. I've often wondered if I could somehow track down his family, who would likely know what their husband/ father was wearing, and whether it would give them any comfort to know exactly what happened to him, **and that he didn't die alone, because I watched and prayed and cried as he died**."