It’s time for an update on the Flight 93 Memorial which I opposed for three+ years by participating in Alec Rawls’ many blogbursts raising awareness about the profoundly inappropriate design. I’m sorry to report that it still sucks after all these years.
Here’s a video he put together in 2008 to help people visualize the many Islamic symbols present in the design:
John Hinderaker revisited the controversy at Powerline:
Rawls and his colleagues have elaborate explanations of how the elements of the memorial constitute a tribute to triumphant Islam. They have taken out newspaper ads to rally opposition against the still-uncompleted project; you can see the ad here. Are they right? As to the details of their claims, I am not sure. It is hard to believe that the architect who designed the memorial is a fifth columnist who deliberately encoded an elaborate pro-Muslim extremism theme into his design, and that the Park Service fell for it.
More fundamentally, though, I think they are right. There is no question that the original design, which survives more or less intact in the current iteration, is built around the central symbol of Islam. Some on the jury, in a spirit of reconciliation, thought this was a good thing. I think it is an absurdity–much as if the Pearl Harbor memorial were to feature a rising sun, or the Norman American Cemetery were laid out in the shape of a swastika.
As Hinderaker notes, the memorial is not yet complete, and the portions that have been built so far are non-controversial. There is still time to stop the insanity.
Rawls’ most recent blogburst: Muslim consultants LIED to Park Service below the fold: