A group of New York Muslims have taken issue with a 9/11 memorial in the town of Owego because it describes those responsible as “Islamic terrorists”.
A spokesman for the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier told WICZ that having the words “Islamic terrorists” on the monument “is a broad brush against the many Muslims who live in the Southern Tier”.
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They have asked that the monument say “terrorists” or if they absolutely must, “AL-Qaeda terrorists.”
City Manager Donald Castelluci isn't going to change the monument.
“I don't live in a politically correct world,” he said. “I live in a historical fact world and cross-terrorism, whether it's American, homegrown, Christianity, Islamic, you call it what it is. And, we don't whitewash things, especially here. And, we think we done the accurate citing of what happened.”
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He later told Fox News that, “This is not about religion. It’s about one event on one day that killed more than 3,000 people.”
The entire inscription on the monument will read as follows:
“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.”
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