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Wingnut Outrage over Flight 93 Memorial

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[This true story was inspired by Jesse and Michelle Malkin. Rgds, LA]

Let's build a memorial to the tragedy and heroism of 9/11's Flight 93 which crashed in a field in rural Shanksville in Western Pennsylvania! What a great idea!

A committee was formed of surviving 9/11 family members, people from the community and designers/architects. They solicited proposals for a fitting memorial to be built on the crash site and received an amazing 1100+ entries!

After several elimination rounds a winner was chosen... The stunning "Crescent of Embrace" design by Paul and Milena Murdoch, architects, of California (pictured at left) will feature a "Tower of Voices, containing 40 wind chimes -- one for each passenger and crew member who died -- and two stands of red maple trees that will line a walkway caressing the natural bowl shape of the land. Forty separate groves of red and sugar maples will be planted behind the crescent, and a black slate wall will mark the edge of the crash site, where the remains of those who died now rest," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
As the black cloak that had hidden the winner was removed, a collective gasp came from those gathered, who then rose to their feet to applaud.

In the front row, three family members --a woman who lost her mother, a woman who lost her husband and a woman who lost her brother -- leaned into each other, in a show of love and support.

"It's powerful but understated," said Kiki Homer, whose brother, LeRoy W. Homer Jr., was co-pilot on the plane that crashed after passengers rebelled against terrorist hijackers. "It's beautifully simple.

"My breath is taken away."

Esther Heymann, whose daughter, Elizabeth Wainio, died in the crash, agreed.

"The understatement speaks to the profoundness of what occurred here," she said.

According to jurors who chose the winner, it offers "tranquility, beauty and silence. It will be a place for everyone who visits to feel the spirits of the 40 heroes in the whisper of the trees and honor their unselfish sacrifice of their lives to preserve the lives of countless many.
Sounds fantastic, right?

Not according to our wingnut brothers and sisters.

Seizing upon this particular image of what appears to be a portion of a topographic model of the memorial, the wingnuts have whipped themselves into a frenzy of righteous indignation over the chosen design. The reason?

The large walkway surrounded by 40 small groves of maple trees (one for each victim killed on Flight 93) that caresses "the natural bowl shape of the land" is a crescent. Get it? A crescent. See it now?

No?

OK... A hint...

Who likes crescents? The French? Well, yes, the French do like croissants and that would be bad enough, but we're talking about somebody far more sinister...

Islamofascists dig crescents.

Crescents = Islamofascists = Osama bin Laden = Why can't you goddamn Communo-liberal America-haters stop "embracing" those we will stop at nothing to kill all of us?

By building a 9/11 memorial that features a crescent, we're effectively thanking al-Qaeda for attacking us - and I'm not making any of this up.

All the major wingnuts have weighed in on this issue, including but not limited to:
Take a look at the froth being spewed - of particular interest are the comments on LGF and Queeg. Some favorites:
  • A Malkinite writes, "Looks like a memorial for the hijackers--not the victims! Incredible!"

  • One of Queeg's mates in a comment, "Add a handle to the cresent, then cross the whole thing with a hammer, and the designers' true affiliations are exposed."

  • LGF:

    It makes me sick to my stomach, this "memorial" as well as the one in NYC. It seems like these moonbats are just beyond desperate to represent these terrorist attacks as anything but. This is a genuine outrage, and I hope it gets a lot of attention. All this "embrace" and multiculturalism bullshit is getting on my nerves. We were attacked; we kicked a good chunk of terrorist ass in response -- and we're still not done responding. Why does anything more than that need to be said?

    So no thanks to long, idiotic galleries "educating" Americans about just how peaceful Islam is and how insane the terrorists were. No subtle commentary on Iraq and WMDs. This isn't a political football.

    /spit.

  • LGF Redux:

    How about we round up a thousand Islamonazis, and use their blood in a human sacrifice to consecrate the ground?

  • &cetera.
I could go on for days but you get the point. (There's some excellent reading in those threads if anyone's on stupid pills tonight... The LGF thread alone already has more than 700 angry comments!)

[Crossposted from LiberalAvenger.com]