A group of New York Muslims have taken offense to a small town’s new 9/11 memorial that honors those who died in the September 11th, 2001 Islamic terrorist attacks.
The Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier wrote a letter to city leaders in Owego, alleging that words engraved in the granite memorial would encourage hatred toward Muslims.
The entire inscription on the memorial reads:
“On September 11, 2001 nineteen Islamic terrorists unsuspectedly boarded four airliners departing east coast airports to hijack the planes and carry out a series of coordinated attacks against the United States. This is a tribute to all the lives lost that day and to the heroic sacrifice of all who rushed to help. As Americans, we honor their memory by living our lives in freedom. We will never forget.”
The memorial, which will be dedicated on Saturday, identifies those responsible for the attacks as “Islamic terrorists.”