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Silver Taps May 9, 1991 — May 13, 2010
Nov. 5, 1991 — April 25, 2010
Aug 9, 1991 — May 13, 2010
Dec. 27, 1982 — June 11, 2010
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Tanner Lloyd Ferris, a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Class of 2013, died May 13, in Bastrop while driving home to Vidor with Nathan “Shawn” Shearod from a river trip with the Corps. He turned 19 four days prior. Ferris had finished his freshman year at Texas A&M, majoring in general studies. His mother said he l o v e d history and science and getting into long debates about the two.
Kimberley Michaela Kenyon, 18, died April 25. The freshman biology major from Houston was born Nov. 5, 1991, in Mandeville, Jamaica. In Jamaica, she attended primary and preparatory school before moving to Texas at age 10. She attended middle and high school near Fort Worth, and excelled in academics, as well as athletics and music. “She was an exceptional young lady; the
Nathan Vashawn “Shawn” Dominique Shearod, a member of the Corps of Cadets and class of 2013 died May 13, in Bastrop while riding home with Tanner Ferris after a river trip with the Corps. He was 18. He was a 2009 graduate of O’Connor High School in San Antonio and he finished his first year at Texas A&M majoring in physics. Shearod was a cadet in the B Company of the Corps of
Born on Dec. 27, 1982, in Taipei, Taiwan, YiChun “Dulcie” Yang was always a straight A student. She completed her undergraduate work at Taiwan’s National University. In 2005, YiChun left her native Taiwan for Texas and began her graduate work at the college of science in the biology department. Her dedication to her work and studies earned admiration from her fellow students and advisers. She died unexpectedly on June
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Unique tradition honors fallen Aggies Matt Woolbright The Battalion An austere atmosphere permeates Academic Plaza the first Tuesday night of every month when Silver Taps commences. Hundreds of students converge amid the trees and darkened light posts, fellow Aggies packing tightly together, within arm’s reach in every direction. Yet there is a silence unlike any other. The deliberate steps of the Ross Volunteers resonate across the Plaza, as they march in to fire three volleys, honoring fallen Aggies. Silver Taps is a tradition with military origins that honor, current students who have died since the last Silver Taps. Tonight’s Silver Taps will honor four Aggies who died since spring semester.
“It really connects the Aggie family on campus in a way that no other tradition does. It’s a way to honor people that are in the same shoes as you. They probably walked across campus and went to the football games. It says a lot about Aggies in general. No other university does anything like Silver Taps,” said Lesa Teer, a senior agriculture communication and journalism major and Traditions Council Chairwoman. One oddity of the tradition honored more than 100 years is the weather. While countless tears have been shed during ceremonies, rarely does the sky open up and pour down on Aggieland while the Bugler plays. “I’ve never been to a Silver Taps ceremony at which it rained,” said Lane Stephenson, di-
rector for news and information services, “but I’ve missed a few over the years. It would certainly be a rarity if it were to rain during a Silver Taps.” Stephenson’s continuous tenure in Aggieland dates to 1966. Current students, born more than two decades after Stephenson’s hiring, still understand and appreciate the value of A&M’s Silver Taps Ceremony. “It makes me feel special to know if something were to happen to me, that many people would be there who care,” said Madison Hart, a sophomore international studies major, “and it’s nice to see all Aggies come together for each other.”
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and most of the cadets live off campus. “We’re pretty much on our own system where we pick our level of involvement,” Gorrell said. “Most of us are at least 22, and being prior military, and being on our own for awhile, we don’t need the structured lifestyle that a freshman coming straight out of high school would.” The outfit still participates in the March-In before football games, wears their uniforms
The Battalion Unlike most combat boots seen walking around campus, the boots worn by the members of Delta Co. have seen combat. Delta Co. is an outfit within the Corps of Cadets for student veterans who are interested in participating in the ROTC program. “We had a lot of guys coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan that were going to be in the ROTC program and become officers,” said David Alexander, 1 Sgt. of Delta Co. and a junior political science major. “Taking a guy that had just come out of Iraq or Afghanistan and putting him in a normal Corps outfit didn’t seem like a good idea to anybody, and they started Delta Co.” The outfit began in 2006 with a few
members but now averages about 25 students each semester. Members said they hope to continue growing, though they don’t employ the typical recruitment methods used by the Corps of Cadets. “We have different recruiting methods,” said Gary Gorrell, Delta Co. commander and senior agricultural leadership major. “We kind of [have] to just push it through word of mouth and try to appeal to the large number of veterans that are on campus and try to get them in. We’ve definitely come a long way from where we first started, but we’re definitely not near where we would like to be.” While Delta Co. is a fully functioning integrated unit in the Corps, it is not the typical Corps experience. All of the students are older than the average freshman cadet,
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At 5:30 p.m. today Aggie Allies will have the annual Allies Across Campus event at Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy Hawking Auditorium. Speakers will include Brad Dressler, Aggie Allies Chairman, Christine Stanley, vice president and associate provost for diversity, Lowell Kane, program coordinator of the GLBT Resource Center. “Allies Across Campus is a gathering of individuals at Texas A&M and in our community who are friends to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population,” Kane said. “Everybody is welcome to attend this event to learn about the organization and events planned for this year.” Haley Lawson, special to The Battalion
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much wanted to be able to hang out with people like them, other veterans.â€? The company has members who have reContinued from page 1 ceived the Purple Heart and a few members who are still active in the National Guard. to class and big events like March to the BraTexas A&Mâ€™s reputation for being welcomzos. Many Delta Company members have ing to members of the military was one of the found friendship and camaraderie through the incentives for many veterans to attend company. A&M. â€œA&Mâ€™s â€œMost people go into the milâ€œThe campus in general is a got a rock-solid itary, and they like that bond very military-friendly camthat they have with the peoprogram for producing pus,â€? Evans said. â€œI know ple that they work with,â€? leaders, and A&Mâ€™s when I was getting out of Gorrell said. â€œWhen they well known all around the the Army everyone told get out of the military, that country,â€? me to go to A&M because bond is gone, they donâ€™t theyâ€™d be the most helpful have that close group of Gary Gorrell, Delta to veterans.â€? friends anymore, and they Company commander The ROTC program at miss it. We give everybody Texas A&M is well known for like that another group to be producing leaders. For veterans with here, to hang out and do the seeking further education, military Corps stuff. Weâ€™re definitely always looking for people, and thereâ€™s plenty of them commission and a future in the military, the program that A&M and Delta Company proon A&Mâ€™s campus.â€? A&M has about 600 student veterans. vides may be a good fit. â€œA&Mâ€™s got a rock-solid program for proMany of these students, especially the ones in Delta Company, are seeking a military com- ducing leaders, and A&Mâ€™s well known all around the country,â€? Gorrell said. â€œIt is extra mission to continue their military service. â€œI joined because Iâ€™m trying to seek a mili- time to go to a university like A&M and partary commission, and you have to be in the ticipate in a Corps-style program as opposed Corps to do it,â€? said Camille Evans, junior to going once or twice a week to an ROTC geography major. â€œFor other guys who arenâ€™t class at a local college. People want to do seeking commission, they wanted that mili- that because they love everything that A&Mâ€™s tary structure. They miss that, and they pretty about.â€?
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Born and raised in Dublin, Devlin speaks with an accent as authentic as his enthusiasm for the music he plays, a rowdy mix of traditional Irish folk tunes and covers of rockabilly classics like “Folsom Prison Blues.” Some of the traditional songs in their repertoire have been performed in the past by more well-known Celtic rock bands like The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys and Thin Lizzy, but a metal-inspired sound and liberal use of a fiddle help fuse Blaggards’ diverse backgrounds into a sound the band has dubbed “Stout Irish Rock.” “Bands like The Pogues and Thin Lizzy and all the Irish rebel bands are some
influences of ours,” said Devlin, who also lists Black Sabbath, Johnny Cash and Elvis when he mentions what artists shaped his tastes in music. “I hate it when bands say ‘I don’t listen to anything on the radio these days,’ but the truth is I really don’t,” he adds with a laugh. Devlin moved to Houston in 1994 and started an Irish rock band known as On the Dole, which he played in for several years. He formed Blaggards in 2004 with bassist and vocalist Chad Smalley and two other members who have since left the band. They started touring the pubs around Houston and moved on to other Texas towns as they got more successful. When they were first asked to play at O’Bannon’s, they were skeptical about what kind of reaction they’d get from a College Station crowd. “I had heard of College Station before we were invited to play here, but I didn’t really know anything about it,” Devlin said. “Then we played here for the first time and everybody loved us. I’m always amazed at the knowledge people have See Blaggards on page 4
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here of the Irish songs.” Singing along to songs like “Rocky Road to Dublin” and “Whiskey in a Jar” is but one of the ways the crowd shows their appreciation when the band comes to town. Come to O’Bannon’s a night Blaggards is playing and you’ll see people banging on tables, swinging their glasses around and breaking into jaunty jigs without warning. The crowds at the pub when the band is playing are for the most part a mix of students trying to blow off steam after classes and dedicated fans of the band who live in the area. “I’ve seen Blaggards 10 times, at least,” said Clayton Greenwood, a graduate student at A&M. “I like their stuff because it’s Irish and it’s metal.” Having met success in Texas, Blaggards has begun
Blaggards The band will perform next at 10 p.m. Friday at O’Bannon’s Tap House. branching out to other parts of the country, most notably California. The band toured Ireland for the first time in March of this year, and plan on returning to the Emerald Isle next year as well. To date they have released two albums, Standards, consisting mostly of their versions of traditional Irish songs, and Live in Texas, which was recorded at the Continental Club in Houston this year. Blaggard’s next show in College Station will be Friday. If you’re in the mood for a different kind of Northgate experience, head over to O’Bannon’s and let Blaggards show you how the Irish have a good time. Alec Goetz is a sophomore English major
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In high school, Ferris received a Congressional Nomination to West Point Military Academy. His father, George Ferris, said Ferris was excited about attending USMA his senior year, but Texas A&M changed that, he said. “[Once he] made the overnight Corps visit to College Station, A&M seemed to have captured his heart,” George said. Ferris was a member of the B-Company Streetfighters and a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. He hoped to fly helicopters in the Army after graduation and then have a career in politics or business after he served his duty. “He loved the Corps of Cadets,” said Sarah Ferris, his
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kind of athlete and student every teacher dreams of,” said Melissa Sigler, Kenyon’s cross country and track coach. “She made a huge impact on our student body and our teachers. She was very loved here, and will be remembered for many years.” While some spoke of her accomplishments, others who knew Kenyon recounted their impressions of her personality. “Kim was such a joyous and always pleasant young lady,” said Emma Bassett, one of Kenyon’s teachers. “Her personality was one that was very unusual for such a young lady. It was as though she could feel what was in a person’s heart. Kim was
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Cadets and also a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. Shearod was known for being reserved and very smart, many of his fellow B-Company cadets said. “Shawn was our quiet brother, but he had his heart in everything he did,” said Rudy Rodriguez, a junior agricultural science major. Shearod also lent a hand to his fellow Corps members in their
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11, 2010. “She was very sincere and willing to help newcomers,” said friend Ming-Chien Li. She said Yang was her first contact and host in College Station when she arrived in July 2006. Li remembers that Yang taught her how the graduate program worked, where to buy groceries, how to get an apartment, and was her first friend at A&M. “Though she was younger, she was like a grown-up,” said Li. “She never said negative things.” Yang had a zest for adventure and travel. Li recalled tak-
mother. “After he came home from school on September 11, 2001, he said he wanted to make a difference. He loved America, and especially Texas.” Ferris’ love for A&M was also a big influence on his life. “He told me when he married and had children, he would make sure all his kids had Fish cuts (haircuts), even the girls,” Sarah said. “He was so proud to be an Aggie. He also understood the importance of humor and loved to laugh hard.” His love for others made an impression on his friends. “He gave off a tough-guy impression, but anyone who knew him knows that he loved his family and friends and that he’d do anything for them,” said Jeremy Selvidge, sophomore math major, fellow corps member and childhood friend of Tanner.
His family remembered the giving, sacrificial nature. “Tanner was my best friend and my brother, someone I could count on 100 percent,” said Marshall Ferris, his brother. Friends said they knew he would do anything for them. “Tanner helped me with everything and even ran the last half of my physical training test with me after he had already finished his,” said Jena Bailey, sophomore forensic investigative sciences major and fellow Army contract cadet. Ferris is survived by his parents George and Sarah Ferris, and his brother Marshall Ferris. “Tanner did not know failure, quitting or giving up. He mastered his own fate, his mind and his body,” George said. “Tanner Lloyd Ferris believed that somehow he would make some difference in the world.”
outstanding, not only great with book sense but had so much common sense also. Kim could relate to all situations. Always kind and respectful to others. She would always like to hear what I would have tell her about my grandkids. She was a role model for any young girl or young lady to want to patterned after. Very smart and wise.” Kenyon graduated with distinction and was accepted into Texas A&M. She was studying biology to become a dermatologist, and she was interested in traveling to different countries before starting her career. “[Kim was] caring, outgoing, fun, loving and she would always make people around her smile or laugh,” said Ashley Demko, asophomore meteorology major.
Her family remembers Kenyon fondly from her childhood. “I could not have asked for a more wonderful grandchild,” said Mavis Kenyon, her grandmother. “Everything she did made me proud from her earliest days at home sleeping soundly through the nights as well her many achievements. Though her time here with us seemed to have been brief, she lived a full life.” Kenyon is survived by her father Paul Kenyon, her mother Charmaine Tomlinson, brother Kemar Swaby, grandmother Mavis Kenyon, grandfather Tarrant Kenyon uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. “Kim will always be remembered for her compassion, joyful spirit, sincere friendship and honesty,” Paul said.
studies. “He was also a great student,” Rodriguez said. “He would stay up ‘til midnight studying physics and tutor us students who couldn’t quite grasp the concept of physics and math.” Jena Bailey, a sophomore forensic investigations major, also remembers Shearod’s helping hand. “He was undoubtedly one of our smartest buddies,” Bailey said. “He helped every one with their classes, even with the busy schedule of course work he had for himself. Shawn was selfless and always put others first.” His quiet demeanor was a
quality that friends remember him for. “Though he was quiet most of the time, he had a sense of humor that he wasn’t afraid to show,” said Jeremy Selvidge, a sophomore math major. “He liked to steal my notebooks and scribble something funny or draw a random picture in the corners. He was down to earth, worked hard in class, and was an all-around great guy to know. I’m glad to say we were friends.” Shearod is survived by his parents, Terrance and Kristina Shearod and siblings, Kristina, Jasmine and Elijah.
ing trips with her to Houston and New York City. During their trip to New York over Christmas break in 2009, friends surprised Yang with a birthday cake. Li said Yang was delighted and grateful at the surprise. This trip is one of Li’s fondest memories of their relationship. Yang had a love of movies and operas as well. She managed to catch a showing of her favorite, “Phantom of the Opera,” while in New York. “She told me once that her English name is Dulcie. I know that in Spanish, it translates to Dulce, meaning sweet… YiChun is true to her name for she is one sweet and good-natured person,” said fellow researcher and friend Kat Castillo.
After her unexpected death, members of the International Student Services office and the College of Science decided to posthumously award Yang her master’s degree. At graduation in August 2010, Yang’s family asked Li to receive their daughter’s degree. Upon Li’s reception of the posthumous degree, all who attended the ceremony gave Yang a standing ovation. The “family was grateful for the recognition from strangers [and] would like to say thank you to the Aggie family … Her parents felt she was their biggest achievement,” Li said. Yang is survived by her father, mother, sister, and a nephew who still reside in Taipei, Taiwan.
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arly in the morning of May 16, just hours after his senior prom and days David Harris before his official economics enrollment at Texas senior major, sports editor A&M University, Aggie basketball recruit Tobi Oyedeji tragically died in a two-car accident. He was 18 years old. Yet, still, Oyedeji’s name is MIA on the list of Aggies being honored at the first Silver Taps of the year tonight. As referenced on http://aggienetwork.com, “Silver Taps is that final tribute paid to an Aggie who at the time of his or her death was enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate at Texas A&M.” It’s a rule and a description that needs editing. Oyedeji, though not yet officially a current student at the time of his passing, should be recognized in Academic Plaza at 10:30 p.m. this evening. This isn’t an overwhelming, ranting argument about how top athletes should have preferential treatment. On the contrary, any student who has let it be known they will, in fact, be attending this prestigious University should be included, not only as a member of the esteemed Aggie family, but also with the distinction and classification of “student.” “This shouldn’t be an exception,” said Aubrey Bloom, class of 2006. “If someone has committed to being an Aggie, and passes away prior to enrollment, their family should have the opportunity to decide if they would like to take part in Silver Taps. If their family considered them an Aggie, then who are we to tell them they weren’t?” Oyedeji was a standout athlete. A top-100 recruit, to be exact, who would assuredly get playing time during his freshman year. But none of that matters. None of the acclaim or accolades should play a role in this decision. He was a member of the Aggie family. From the moment he accepted his admission to A&M he became a member of the Aggie family. And the same goes for any other student. Should they attend a New Student Conference, sign up for See Oyedeji on page 9
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Sophomore running back Christine Michael lunges into the end zone during the Aggies’ 48-7 win over Stephen F. Austin Saturday at Kyle Field. Michael had 105 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
Sherman and players meet media to discuss opening victory and upcoming game Austin Meek The Battalion In a statistically impressive showing by both the offensive and defensive units, the Aggies’ 48-7 win over Stephen F. Austin University featured a heavy rotation of freshmen players such as left tackle Luke Joeckel and tight end Nehemiah Hicks as well as a huge game by sophomore receiver Ryan Swope. “[The offensive line] played really well,” senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson said. “Luke played a heck of a game for his first game, and I think Matt Allen and Evan Eike had great games
inside…I know we’re going to try to stress the downward running game…I think our backs and our o-line are really kind of jelling together to find that synergy to run the ball well.” Johnson put up numbers in keeping with his Heisman candidate billing, accounting for 328 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. The synergy Johnson was referring to is evident throughout the whole team. If you ask one guy about an impressive personal feat, he’s always deferring the praise to his teammates. That kind of selfless attitude is characteristic of this football team and further proves the unity
and humility of the squad. “The receivers did a great job,”Swope, who hauled in 13 catches for 106 yards, said. “EZ [Nwachukwu] and Jeff [Fuller] and Terrence [McCoy] all did their job and they did a great job. Without them I wouldn’t have gone anywhere, so I give all the credit to those receivers and linemen doing their jobs and blocking downfield.” Fuller made his own mark on the game, registering four receptions for 47 yards and two See Football on page 9
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touchdowns. His scoring grabs brought his career total up to 18, one shy of Bob Long’s 42year old mark for career receiving touchdowns. He believes that this pass-catching corps possesses enough talent to rewrite the record books. “I feel like we’re one of the strongest receiving corps ever to come through this school,” Fuller said. “But we’ve still got a lot more to accomplish. The records are great and you know that’s definitely something we’d love to accomplish, but we still need to continue to improve and get better.” The defense performed ad-
mirably in the first game of defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter’s newly implemented 3-4 system. The Aggies limited SFA to just seven points and 266 total yards, allowing a scant 31 yards to the Lumberjack running game. Sophomore cornerback Dustin Harris registered the first defensive points in 21 games when he returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown. One of the biggest question marks coming into Saturday’s game was the Aggies’ lack of experience at important positions, most notably the left tackle spot. Nine freshmen saw playing time against SFA, and Head Coach Mike Sherman was pleased with some of the performances. “I thought that both freshman tackles, Jake Matthews and
Luke Joeckel, did a nice job,” Sherman said. “Both kids are very coachable and they know the mistakes they made and they fixed them and they get better as the game went along.” Freshman tight end Nehemiah Hicks was another first year player to see the field. “For him to be a freshman and as big as he is and block as well as he does and have those soft hands, I mean he’s going to be a really good player,”Johnson said. Louisiana Tech is next on the schedule for the Aggies. “They’re aggressive,” Johnson said.. “They come after you, they play man, they bump your receivers, they get in your face. So we think we have some ways we can combat that.”
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a dorm or even check the box online stating their future intentions, they should be welcomed in with open arms. Because that’s what Aggies do. We pride ourselves on being the most hospitable, convivial campus and network in the country. So why not change an outOyedeji dated rule to accompany such rare tragedies? The loads of support shown to the Oyedeji family have been inconceivable and unforgettable. There have been memorial basketball games and scholarships set up in his name. But there is nothing more special than having thousands of total strangers standing silently, in reverence, and meditating over the loss of one of
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their own. It’s one of the true unique things we hold dear at Texas A&M. It’s something that separates A&M from institutions across the country. Anybody who met Oyedeji knew the love he had for this University. He had been in constant contact with Head Coach Mark Turgeon for years and had never wavered on his commitment to him and to A&M. “This has been a three-year relationship, we were really close,” Turgeon said shortly after his death. “From the first day he came to our camp, I knew he was coming to Texas A&M. He was going to be an engineer. This was the perfect place for him ... Tobi will always be an Aggie.” Read it again. “Tobi will always be an Aggie.” This is a decision that shouldn’t be debatable. This is about showing the Oyedeji family and prospective students everywhere that Texas A&M is unlike any other college in the world. This isn’t about making an exception. This is about rendering a rule obsolete.
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Center yourself T he supposed controversy around a Muslim community center near ground zero in New York City is one of the poorest attempts to make up an election year issue in recent memory. â€œInsensitiveâ€? seems to be the politically correct buzzword in these discussions, but exactly how this center is insensitive to the families of the victims and the residents of New York City has yet to be explained in detail. Those who defend the center point out that it is not a mosque, itâ€™s more similar to a Muslim YMCA.
Demonstrators support plans by developers to build an Islamic community center near ground zero by protesting on the steps of New York City Hall.
The center will be built not right next to or on ground zero, but several blocks away. It remains difficult to comprehend how even a dedicated mosque built adjacent to ground zero would be insensitive to Jeremy the families of the victims. Northum There are two important points that need to be nuclear physics remembered. The first is graduate student obvious: those responsible for 9/11 do not represent all Muslims. The reasoning that 9/11 was perpetrated by Muslims so nothing associated with Islam is allowed near ground zero is ridiculous. Yes, 9/11 was planned and carried out by Muslims, but they represented only a small, radical minority, not the more than one billion Muslims worldwide. The point must also be made that these radicals are not motivated solely by religion, they are driven by a mix of issues. As the 9/11 Commissionâ€™s report reads, â€œSeizing on symbols of Islamâ€™s past greatness, [Bin Laden] promises to restore pride to people who consider themselves the victims of successive foreign masters ... He appeals to people disoriented by cyclonic change as they confront modernity and globalization. His rhetoric selectively draws from multiple sources: Islam, history, and the regionâ€™s political and economic malaise.â€? In short, 9/11 was caused because a terrorist leader took advantage
of Islamic followers and their circumstances, not because the Quran mandated it. Remember that Muslims were killed in 9/11 as well and not just the hijackers. The victims at the World Trade Center came from all walks of life representing numerous countries, ethnicities and religions. Saying a Muslim community center is insensitive to the victims on the 9/11 attacks does not make sense when they were among the victims. A parallel can be drawn with another major act of terrorism on American soil. In Oklahoma City, within a few blocks of where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building used to stand, there are several churches. Timothy McVeigh was a Christian motivated by the events surrounding the standoff at the Branch Davidians Compound two years prior to the bombing. Applying the logic used for the New York Muslim community center, any church near the Oklahoma City National Memorial is an insult to those who perished. Anyone protesting the Muslim community center in New York City should also be protesting the churches in Oklahoma City with the same vigor. Those attempting to use this as an election year talking point seem to have forgotten 9/11 was a terrorist attack. Terrorists, by definition, use violence against persons for purposes of intimidation and coercion. The debate over a community center at ground zero both dishonors families who lost a loved one in the attack and displays deep-seated religious intolerance toward Islam. Americans need to ignore this nonissue and focus on political problems that actually exist.
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