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The Fertile Crescent?

Thursday, Dec. 01, 2005 9:52 PM

From the Fear & Loathing Department comes this item about the proposed Flight 93 Memorial.

It seems that Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) is concerned, along with others, that a grove of maple trees forming a crescent was questionable because of, "... the crescent's prominent use as a symbol in Islam -- and the fact that the hijackers were radical Islamists."

This sounds like more of the same stupidity that caused people to disavow french fries after France's leaders spoke out against our little adventure in Iraq. Quick, someone warn Pillsbury that one of their most popular holiday items supports terrorists. Notify city fathers across this great country and tell them we can't have streets named Crescent. And tell the folks in Crescent City, California, that they have to pick a better name.

Perhaps Congressman Tancredo needs to consider that the crescent is a basic shape found in nature, from the phases of the moon to the curve of an eyelid ... or a child's smile, and not exclusively representative of radical anything.

The crescent appears on the flags of countries like Singapore, Uzbekistan, Tunisia, Turkey, and Turkmenistan ... but not on the flags of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, or the United Arab Emirates.

This kind of baseless fear-mongering is wholly unproductive, and Congressman Tancredo should be ashamed to be a part of it.

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