The National Review uses the decision of D.C. Muslims to tone down Eid al-Fitr celebrations — which fall this year on September 11th — to further upbraid New York Muslims for daring to treat New York City like their home. The operative line:
“We have to be sensitive” — look, I don’t get all touchy-feely about sensitivity, but this is just common courtesy.
We may be coming perilously close to treating September 11th as some Christian-Americans-only day of mourning, which would be flawed for two reasons. First, because Muslims have suffered just as much, if not more, for al Qaeda’s attack, and second, because we don’t really have a tradition of national days of mourning in this country, especially ones with built-in religious or ethnicity tests, and that’s for the best. Pearl Harbor Day, D-Day, Memorial Day, and all attendant military-related holidays have, in the fullness of time, become days to celebrate our military’s sacrifices and the victories they’ve won for them. We should hope that September 11th in time becomes a way to memorialize our fallen first-responders, not a chance for the Christian right to take suffering that all citizens endured in common, substitute their own perennial sense of victimization, and celebrate the same.