Saturday, September 11, 2010
Today is the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The day is being marked as a day of service and remembrance.
Earlier this week, an unfortunate preacher in Florida threatened to burn copies of the Qu'ran. He has called off those plans (thankfully) but his stupidity has caused distress around the world. I have been moved by many of the positive responses, such as a movement to "Learn It, Don't Burn It."
From all of our recorded history, we know one thing for certain: burning a book illuminates nothing.
Today is a special day around the world. We celebrate our common humanity and the things that bring us together. We celebrate our differences and the diversity that makes this planet such a special place to live. We celebrate and cherish the gift of life. Let us work to improve communication, understanding, respect, and peace.