A forthcoming book from World Ahead entitled Crescent of Betrayal: Dishonoring the Heroes of Flight 93
by blogger Alec Rawls makes the startling claim that the plans approved by the commission overseeing the memorial project amount to a giant, outdoor mosque. As WND notes in an article
The primary feature, [Rawls] says, is the giant central crescent of what originally was called the "Crescent of Embrace" design. A person facing into this half-mile wide crescent – still present in the superficially altered "Bowl of Embrace" redesign – will be oriented almost exactly at Mecca.
That is significant, Rawls said, because a crescent that Muslims face to point them in the direction of Mecca – called a "mihrab" – is the central feature around which every mosque is built.
Judi McLeod at CanadaFreePress succinctly summarizes
Rawls's assertion that Islamic symbolism is utilized throughout other elements of the memorial, including a minaret tower, a sun dial, and 44 commemorative glass blocks placed along the flight path -- for a plane that had 40 passengers and crew members, plus 4 hijackers
. Taken together, Rawls asserts, these elements suggest the planned memorial would amount to a mosque "built on an epic scale."
McLeod then juxtaposes this alleged use of Islamic symbolism with the steadfast Christian faith displayed by Todd Beamer on that tragic day. McLeod writes:
“After passengers were herded to the back of the jet, Beamer called the GTE Customer Center in Oakbrook, Illinois. He told supervisor Lisa Jefferson about the hijacking. The passengers were planning to jump the terrorists, he said.”
And then, Beamer, who spent his days on earth as an evangelical believer, asked Jefferson to pray with him.
Beamer, who kept the faith even in the horror of Flight 93, will, along with his fellow passengers and crew, be commemorated with what Rawls calls an “outdoor mosque”.
As McLeod implies, a memorial that relies so heavily on Islamic symbolism that it might even be called a mosque is not a fitting tribute for the brave men and women who perished on that flight. Let's hope that the project's commission reaches the same conclusion and orders a change in the memorial's design.
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