Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst #73: Muslim consultants LIED to Park Service

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:

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Video: Martin Short Sings “Bastard in the Sand”

I don’t know how I missed this when it came out last May in the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden: “Bastard in the Sand,” a parody set to the tune of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind.” But I’m glad I finally got to watch it.

Newsbusters reposted the video for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. A very fitting tribute to the man, I think:


Goodbye, Al Qaeda’s Rose
Your beard never seemed too clean to me
So I’m glad they washed you off
Before they dumped you in the sea.

In the afterlife
Six dozen virgins sure sounded swell
So it must’ve burned your ass
When you ended up in hell.

It seems to me you lived your life
Like a bastard in the sand
Never knowing when the U.S. Navy SEALs would land
They caught you by surprise inside your secret base
Could’ve shot you anywhere
But why not in the face?

Goodbye, Al Qaeda’s Rose
To the world you were mad
And to your kids and 22 wives
You were also a deadbeat dad.

Multi-million dollar bounty
Placed on your head
You were wanted ‘dead or alive’
But in the end we went with ‘dead’.


Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!