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“Despicable,” exclaimed the perfesser in response to my admittedly cheeky question. On the near-by campus of Binghamton University, I and two other perfessers were engaged in a presentation with an open-to-all-interested-parties discussion.

This gathering of students, faculty and folks took place to chat about an Israeli “grossly disproportionate response.” Hezbollah had kidnapped two Israeli soldiers, spiriting them into Lebanon. Warning of dire consequences, the Israeli government gave the kidnappers about a day, or so, to return the soldiers. The soldiers were not returned, and dire consequences came about.

Anyway, here’s the cheeky question I posed: “Is there any Muslim in the world capable of introspection?”

The event, to which I am now animadverting, was initiated by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Just between you and me, I suspect he had absolutely no idea of the consequences. I can make a case that one of them was “9/11.”

Likely enough, all then President J.F.K. had in mind was impressing you and me. This particular politician set as a goal for this country, putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade. And darn it all. It happened... under the Nixon Administration.

Here in the world of Western secular civilization, it was and is a big deal. The way I figure it, the moon is now a monument to American secular technology.

As regards the Muslim world, our “secular” translates as their “infidel.” For them, the moon is now a monument to American infidel technology. It takes very little research to discover that the crescent, like the cross for Christians, is for Muslims a very powerful religious symbol.

According to certain journalists, detainees in the Guantanamo facility were subjected to degrading treatment. Some of them had to watch as pages of their most holy Koran was flushed down a toilet. Rage as a word was invested with new meaning.

Bottom line, their crescent is now unintentional homage to American infidel technology.


Alexander Stella

Susquehanna, PA

Never Cease Giving Thanks

Despite having missed our editor’s deadline, Happy Mother’s Day Susquehanna. I think we should celebrate Mother’s Day for at least a week - let’s try for the whole month of May. In the mean time, a great way to show appreciation for all our mothers have done for us would be to offer God a prayer by which he blesses all women.

“Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among woman and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.” Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Again, Happy Mother’s Day Susquehanna. Ps: For all of Saint John’s parishioners, thank you Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters for your prayers and continued works in the faith.


John Mann

Susquehanna, PA

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