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30 October 2006

The Lessons Of September 11

Someone once told me that hating him would be like drinking poison and hoping someone else would die. -- Rudy Tomjanovich

George Bush refers to something he calls "the lessons of September 11." I'm not sure what these lessons are (although others have offered some suggestions). As best as I can tell, the President seems to think that "the lessons of September 11" means "fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here."

There is, of course, a much better lesson to be learned from September 11. The Amish know this lesson. They taught it to us all earlier this month. When a 32-year old milk-tank truck driver shot and killed five young girls, the Amish community in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania did something unthinkable: they forgave the murderer. Even more extraordinarily, that Amish community reached out to the family of the murderer, going so far as to set up a college fund for his children.

In doing so, this Amish community has acted in a way that few other U.S. Christians have in the five years since September 11. They have responded as Jesus might have.

Comments on "The Lessons Of September 11"


Blogger jasdye said ... (10/31/2006 06:01:00 PM) : 

and that's a great lesson!


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