Muslim group opposes ‘Islamic terrorists’ on 9/11 memorial
The town supervisor for Owego – located a few hours from where the Twin Towers fell in New York in 2001 – has flatly refused to change the wording of a memorial due to be unveiled later this month.
According to this report, Donald Castellucci, left, dismissed a demand from the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier (IOST), which wants the words “Islamic terrorists” scrapped and replaced with “terrorists” or “al-Qaeda terrorists”.
I don’t live in a politically-correct world. I live in a historical fact world … terrorism, whether it’s American, homegrown, Christianity, Islamic, you call it what it is. And, we don’t whitewash things, especially here.
Castellucci – who calls the monument “a place where people can remember the day and reflect” – added that the inscription is:
An accurate citing of what happened.
But IOST insists that the inscription could:
Encourage hatred towards Muslims living in the area.
The town’s memorial, which was built through fundraising and private donations, will receive its official dedication this year on the morning of September 11, the 15th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attack.