Monday, May 5, 2008

Flight 93 Memorial "glorifies Islam"

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
3 May 2008

Memorial backers assail design critics
Opponents say plans for Flight 93 monument heavy in Islamic symbolism

By Jonathan D. Silver,
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Relatives of several people who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93 yesterday dismissed claims that a planned monument to the 40 hijack victims actually glorifies Islam and the terrorists who took over the plane Sept. 11, 2001. [...]

New York Times
5 May 2008

Critics See Symbols of Islam in Flight 93 Memorial Design


SOMERSET, Pa. -- As envisioned by its designer, the memorial to the victims who died on Sept. 11, 2001, when United Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., would follow the topography of the bowl-shaped land, creating a circular pathway ringed by trees, all focused on the "sacred ground" of the crash site near the bottom of the circle.

A revised plan, with trees added to close the gap in the crescent. The designer said he included no Islamic symbols.

But almost from the moment the winning entry for the memorial was chosen in 2005 over 1,058 others it has been beset by controversy, most of it coming from critics who see Islamic symbolism in the design. [...]

Error Theory

[Alec Rawls's obsessive blog, with many entries decrying "Islamic and terrorist memorializing design features" in the proposed Flight 93 memorial.]