by Jason Stotts
I remember September 11th, 2001. I was a senior in high school. It was early morning on the East coast and I had just gotten to Government class. Someone rushed into the room saying that “a plane had flown into a building in New York.” We, the class and teacher, were incredulous that something like that could happen, so we turned on the TV that was in the room and watched the fires burn after the first crash. Then I watched live as the second plane slammed into the second tower. We were all…I’m not sure I can even put it into words. A great tragedy was unfolding before our eyes and as the second plane hit, it was clear it was no accident. We watched the worst attack on US soil in more than 200 years unfold before our eyes and we all sat there silently, shocked by what was happening on the news.
I remember it all too clearly and how I felt that day, the day I saw America and all that she stood for attacked.
I am still shocked today, not so much by the attack, but by what we have failed to learn from it. On September 11th, we were not attacked by “terrorists”. On September 11th, we were not attacked by just Islamists. On September 11th 2011, the ideals of a secular America came head to head with the ideals of religion. It is not terrorism or just Islam that is our enemy, it is religion at its very core.
September 11th is one more instance in a long battle between those who believe in reason and this world and those who believe in faith, magic, and other worlds. Reason and faith are incompatible and completely hostile to each other: it is either/or. Either you believe that men are free to live their own lives, pursue their own happiness, and achieve their own values in a world that is real; or you believe in magic, mysticism, talking father figures in they sky, and any other nonsense you can come up with about golden plates in New York or aliens on interstellar 747′s. You can either have civilization and reason or the barbarism of religion. You cannot not have it both ways. Religion is irrationality through and through and irrationality is poison to the mind. You must purge yourself of the poison of religion. You must see it for the threat that it is in all its instances and you must fight against it.
On this September 11th, commit yourself to the purity of reason and renounce all forms of irrationality and faith so that we don’t have to watch the rest of civilization fall as we watched the twin towers fall.