In Somerset County Pennsylvania, the Rev. Ron McRae of the Bible Anabaptist Church is fighting an effort to place a mile-long crescent at the Flight 93 National Memorial. Apparently the idea of wrapping a giant symbol of Islam around the crash site doesn’t sit too well with him. The Post-Gazette has the story:
"They wouldn’t dare put up the Ten Commandments or the cross of Christ, but they’re going to put up a red crescent," he said. "We’re not going to stand idly by and allow this to happen."
Terrorists who have not actually died laughing about Katrina will no doubt be stricken again with painful howls of laughter when they learn that the same symbol that adorns the flag of Pakistan is to be used by their sadly confused victims.
The designer, Paul Murdoch Associates of – where else – Los Angeles, wonders what all the fuss is about.
Murdoch, however, said his crescent has no religious significance, but was created to add formality to the bowl-shaped valley surrounding the crash site.
"This is not about any religion per se," Murdoch said in a telephone interview with the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown. "It’s a spiritual space, and a sacred place, but it’s open to anyone."
I think brother McRae should be allowed to design the site. What do you think?