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Faith and God at Ground Zero: An In-Depth Look at the Spiritual Repercussions of September 11, 2001
On this past Sunday, the nation paused to remember a day that changed our nation and the world forever – September 11, 2001. Many of us spent some quiet time on the 10th anniversary of that horrible incident, reflecting on where we were 10 years ago, and what we were doing the moments those planes struck our nation. Many of us also took some time to stop and reflect on the lives and courage of those who gave so much on that day.
As I’m sure that you did, I watched on television some of the ceremonies commemorating the three locations of tragedy. I also participated in a moving program at the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School written and performed by their talented students. I watched a number of television specials re-living the harsh realities of those acts of terror.
But I came across something special that I thought would be important to share with you. This “On the Issues” will take a look at faith and religion in the aftermath of 9/11. In 2002, PBS did a documentary, “Faith and God at Ground Zero.” It asks how the terror affected our “notions of God, of evil and of the potential for darkness within religion itself.”
This is not easy, and the event, along with the circumstances and environment that surrounded that moment, asks for deep exploration of our beliefs and faith. But I think it is necessary for healing, for bridging the divides that separate us, and for some measure of closure. It might even be worth sitting down with your friends and family for discussion.
For more interviews, questions and answers and a variety of links related to “Faith and God at Ground Zero,” please visit the main web site at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/faith/
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Senator Vincent Hughes