Conservative writer: Obama plans "to desecrate 9/11"

The president allegedly wants to make Sept. 11 "into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry"

Published August 25, 2009 12:30AM (EDT)

You might think that President Obama and Congress designated Sept. 11th as a "National Day of Service" in order to commemorate the people who lost their lives in the terror attacks of 2001, and the spirit of volunteerism that followed. But Matthew Vadum is here to tell you different. In an article for the American Spectator titled "Obama's Plan to Desecrate 9/11," he says he knows what it's really about:

The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.

This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year's election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it's not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing ....

The plan is to turn a "day of fear" that helps Republicans into a day of activism called the National Day of Service that helps the left. In other words, nihilistic liberals are planning to drain 9/11 of all meaning.

"They think it needs to be taken back from the right," said the source. "They're taking that day and they're breaking it because it gives Republicans an advantage. To them, that day is a fearful day." ....

With the help of the Obama administration, the coalition is launching a public relations campaign under the radar of the mainstream media -- which remains almost uniformly terrified of criticizing the nation's first black president -- to try to change 9/11 from a day of reflection and remembrance to a day of activism, food banks, and community gardens.

It's really not worth spending much time debunking this -- Vadum did a fine job of making the story totally unbelievable all by himself -- but it probably is worth noting that victims' families had been asking for just this kind of day since 2003.

Plus, check out the official Web site set up for the day: They're asking people to come up with their own events. So if you don't want to help out at anti-American places like food banks and community gardens, you can organize your own event. I imagine even Vadum could come up with some sort of volunteer work that wouldn't "desecrate" 9/11.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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