Even though some Americans may mistakenly think that Muslims only know recipes for Molotov cocktails; here are some other societal contributions of Muslims to modern civilization:

For example, it was Muslims who invented algebra.

Most people would also probably be surprised to learn that it was a Muslim who designed the Sears Tower in my sweet home of Chicago.

Even more surprising is the fact that 4 out of 57 Muslim nations on earth have already elected female heads-of-state; something that we as Americans have been unable to do thus far in history.

Additionally, the greatest American boxer ever, Muhammad Ali; and the funniest dude in America, Dave Chappelle, are both Muslims.

Most importantly, 3 out of the last 5 Nobel Peace Prize winners have been Muslims; one for fighting poverty in Bangladesh, one for disarming nuclear weapons and Shrin Ebadi, the Iranian Muslim human rights lawyer valiantly fighting for the rights of women worldwide.

But more important than Nobel Peace Prizes, Muslim culture has brought crunchy falafel, henna tattoos and yummy hummus to our American shores.

But all because of one terrorist cave-dweller, 1400 years of Pan-Islamic cultural and societal progress goes down the drain.

Thanks a lot, Osama…


[from the CNN blog] = Spending seven Septembers hijacking my religion back



I was working for American Airlines at the time and wasn't scheduled to be at work for another two hours. I'd dropped Kyle off at school, then gone on base (Lackland AFB) to get a sandwich at Burger King.

As I pulled out of the gate, leaving to go get ready for work, I stopped at the light and saw the guys at the gate shutting it behind me. The announcer on the radio (his name was Larry Blue) said that a Cessna had flown into the World Trade Center in NYC.

I drove home and put on CNN to watch while I got ready. There was mass confusion, people saying it was a commercial airliner and so I sat down. Phone rang, it was work. They'd shut the call center because in a crisis, they don't want people to come and go, otherwise information gets shifted and you have people without all the facts or with facts tainted from say, the news, come in and having to deal with the public. Yes, the supervisor said, it was AA11. It wasn't until later they said that on TV.

So, since I wasn't going to work, I got my friend Kathy on the phone and she turned on her TV just in time to see the second tower get hit. She came over and we watched the madness unfold. It was absolute crazy.

Because the base was literally close enough for me to throw a rock onto, planes were still missing and sirens had started going off over there, Royalgate decided to close. It was around the corner. I went and got Kyle and he came home.

That was Tuesday. A week and a half later, on Friday, they closed our call center. They were still searching for people.
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