It's hard to imagine that 9/11 was twelve years ago. That's about half a generation, a sixth of a lifetime...
But for the families of the victims, it was as yesterday.
It remains close for another group of people, as well...American Muslims.
Since that day, it's been pretty much open season on Muslims. One of the biggest accusations leveled against President Obama is that he's a Muslim, as if that were somehow un-American.
Christian TV is littered with interviews of authors and pastors who want to expose the 'evils' of Islam. A prominent TV cleric spoke of 'sweeping away' the Mosque of Mullah Omar from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
The actual number of serious Muslim-bashers is relatively small, but they gain and maintain momentum through the active and tacit support of...us. If we turn away, if we block their Facebook posts, they'll get the message. But most of us aren't doing that. We may not listen, but we don't turn them off.
The fact is that the 9/11 hijackers were anything but Muslim. Sure, they professed to be...but their actions went against every tenet of Islam. Their actions were an obscenity, and were seen as such by the vast majority of the Muslim community.
The viciousness has spilled over...Sikhs, who are as much Muslims as are Presbyterians, have also been targeted because males oif that religion wear turbans and beards.
Which goes to show just how deep the thinking has been.
Would we, as Christians, want to be judged by the actions of the Crusaders...or for that matter by the hate-mongering Westboro Baptist Church of today?
What can you do? Refuse to be caught up in blind hatred. Simply say 'no' to the requests that you give active or tacit support to the haters.
Without an audience, they'll pack their bags and go away.