By Betsy Taylor
(published in NORTH OF CENTER, Nov 24, 2010
America’s founding documents speak in the first person plural with such power—“We the People…We hold these truths…We have warned them…We
have reminded them…We have conjured them…We, therefore…solemnly publish
and declare.” Why has it now become so hard to say “We” as Americans
This question has hounded me recently. On August 5, Dan Terry, a
dear childhood friend was gunned down in the beautiful mountains of
Afghanistan, along with nine others, on a Christian medical mission.
Meanwhile, a month later the ninth anniversary of 9/11 brought our
festering incapacities into the open, as national opposition to an
Islamic Community Center in Manhattan has been justified primarily
through a kind of ventriloquy that claims to speak for families who lost
loved ones on 9/11.
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