The tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be marked with painful memories, and for the first time some sense of resolution with the death of Osama bin Laden. Let’s challenge ourselves to further mark the anniversary with deeds.
First and foremost, we should honor the soldiers who have risked their lives for us, and September 11 is a time to go beyond thanking them for their service. Deliver a gift to them. If you can’t afford to, then offer help: cook them a meal, mow their lawns, walk their dogs, babysit their children, run errands. Donate time or money to organizations helping soldiers that have returned home.
If you oppose the Ground Zero mosque, consider attending a screening of Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque. The Christian Action Network will be holding screenings on September 9, 10, and 13 in public parks in New York City. Over a dozen churches are showing the film this September 11.
There are a variety of organizations fighting radical Islam that you can support with ideas, opportunities, financial contributions, and the overlooked but equally important donation of time. There are religious-oriented groups like the Christian Action Network and Eagles’ Wings, which runs the Israel Experience program — it provides jam-packed educational trips to Israel for Christian students, with myself being one of them. The American Congress for Truth has chapters around the country that you can join, or you can start one of your own. There’s the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Center for Security Policy, and the The United West. There are respectable anti-Islamist Muslim groups like the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy and American Islamic Congress. No matter what your interest or niche is, there is an activist group fighting on your behalf.
You can financially attack state sponsors of terrorism by investing in terror-free mutual funds, which do not support companies operating in Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea. Go to the website of United Against Nuclear Iran to make sure you aren’t supporting companies in bed with the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism. Educate anyone overseeing a fund, such as endowments and pension funds, about becoming terror-free. This campaign has been widely successful — see Los Angeles — as it isn’t that difficult to convince people to stop supporting their enemies.