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The Great Dark Birds of History

Posted by Rick · September 20th, 2005 · No Comments

Bill Moyers received a medal from the Union Theological Seminary for his contributions to faith and reason in America. He addressed the crowd in a speech called “9/11 and the Sport of God.” Concerning the work of the Muslim terrorists on the now-infamous 9/11, he said:

[I]t is never only the number of dead by which terrorists measure their work. It is also the number of the living — the survivors — taken hostage to fear. Their mission was to invade our psyche; get inside our heads — deprive us of trust, faith, and peace of mind: keep us from ever again believing in a safe, just, and peaceful world, and from working to bring that world to pass. The writer Terry Tempest Williams has said “the human heart is the first home of democracy.” Fill that heart with fear and people will give up the risks of democracy for the assurances of security; fill that heart with fear and you can shake the house to its foundations.

Read the rest of his speech here.

Special thanks to Mark King for bringing this speech to my attention.

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