The fight to put up a debris Christian cross at the site is part of a larger problem. It’s not only that atheists, Hindus, Buddists, Muslims and people of other faiths were among the dead, it’s the idea 9/11-like events happen in other countries and we should be spared. That’s because we are “exceptional”.
In my view, exceptionalism starts, at least in part, with Christianity. There are folks who believe God actually blessed this country in some special way.
Exceptionism bites us in the pocketbook. In order to pretend we will never be attacked again, our political leaders formed Homeland Security and dumped lots of money into states and cities.
The $75 billion spent each year saves about the same number of people as die in bathtub accidents each year. The chances of being killed in a terrorist event are a miniscule one in 3.5 million.
The amount being spent continues to increase. It appears our political class believes the odds should be lowered still more to one in 4.5 million. The amount required to lower the odds still more will cost even more than the earlier benchmarks.
I remember my jaw dropping when I read Bush/Chaney had decided any threat justified a full scale response. It appears this policy is still in effect.
9/11 did not threaten the fall of our country. People of many faiths and no faith were killed.
The less we hype up our exceptionalism and Christianity the more rational our response will be.
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