National day of remembrance

If you're looking to celebrate today's National Day of Remembrance in the Bay Area, please join me and some friends at 5:30 PM at the AIDS Grove in Golden Gate Park (pop-up map). Feel free to invite others. I hope to see you there.

I've been receiving several emails from folks about a candle lighting today at 7 PM. "Friday Night at 7:00 p.m. step out your door, stop your car, or step out of your establishment and light a candle. We will show the world that Americans are strong and united together against terrorism." Update: That's 7PM Pacific time here in the US, so adjust accordingly.

I read someplace last night (I'm just consuming so much news I lose track of the source so quickly, I think this was on MSNBC's site) that the House of Representatives passed a resolution yesterday calling on all Americans to fly the national flag. I'm not sure how I feel about being told to do that.

Amazon/Red Cross donations are up to $4,355,468 and the average donation has risen to over $36!

New York Times Magazine from June 25, 2000: The Education of a Holy Warrior.

In a Pakistani religious school called the Haqqania madrasa, Osama bin Laden is a hero, the Taliban's leaders are famous alums and the next generation of mujahedeen is being militantly groomed.

A 1998 Interview with Osama bin Laden from ABC News touching such points as his fatwah targetting American civilians and his desire to destroy the United States.

I pulled an old college book off my bookshelf last night, The World's Religions by Huston Smith. I climbed into bed, proped up my pillows into reading position, and I opened up to a chapter I'd never read: Islam.