Saturday, August 18, 2007

Embrace This

Even if this memorial ISN'T really a Islamic Crescent... Why would you make a memorial to a plane crashing into the ground resembling a big circular HOLE? And if it's not a crescent why is it called "the Crescent of Embrace". Which is a really stupid name conjuring up images of some tofu eating twig jumper in hemp trousers giving a "class" on some kind of wicca mumbo jumbo.

Father wants son's name withheld from Flight 93 memorial, saying design has Islamic symbolism

The father of a man killed when hijacked Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, wants his son's name withheld from a victims memorial because he is concerned that its design is centered on Islamic symbolism.

Tom Burnett Sr. served on a jury that picked the winning design, originally named "Crescent of Embrace," and said the request to withhold his son's name was "something I'd rather not do, but I can't get anyone to listen."

Burnett's son, Thomas E. Burnett Jr., 38, died along with 39 other passengers and crew when Flight 93 was hijacked and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, while flying to San Francisco from Newark, New Jersey. An investigation concluded the hijackers crashed when passengers rushed the cockpit and tried to regain control of the aircraft.

Nearly two years ago, designer Paul Murdoch changed the memorials planned shape to a nearly full circle in response to critics who said the original crescent shape honored the Muslim extremists who carried out the attacks. The crescent is a Muslim symbol.

Burnett, of Northfield, Minnesota, said he is looking for is a "thorough, honest investigation" of the design and the elements discussed by Alec Rawls, a conservative blogger from Palo Alto, California. Burnett said many of his concerns were based on Rawls' theories.