OK, so I'm not one of those who believe the official report on 9/11 is complete by any stretch. I'm confident other details, including many contradictions of the report, will emerge as time goes on. But even if those details were suppressed intentionally for political purposes, I have to say I agree with the NYFD for removing Imam Intikab Habib as their Muslim chaplain. I mean, Yikes!
Habib told Newsday in an interview published Friday that he was skeptical of the official version of the attack on the World Trade Center, which killed 343 firefighters.
"I've heard professionals say that nowhere ever in history did a steel building come down with fire alone," he told the newspaper.
"It takes two or three weeks to demolish a building like that. But it was pulled down in a couple of hours," he said. "Was it 19 hijackers who brought it down, or was it a conspiracy?"
Now few people on the planet come close to confiding in me any conspiracy theories more alarming than the ones I cook up on my own. It's part of my culture (my Dad strongly believes in the Tri-Lateral Commission, for example), but when you're employed by the government, in the role of spiritual adviser, no less, you might just want to keep such thoughts to yourself.
UPDATE: O-o-o-o-o-on the other hand, anyone who moves to reprimand in any way this religious leader for speaking out will earn my eternal scorn:
[Rev. Gerald Chojnacki, head of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, a] top Jesuit official has been contacting leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to protest a soon-to-be-released Vatican document that is expected to reinforce the teaching that gays are not welcome in the priesthood.[...]
Chojnacki wrote in the letter, dated Monday, that he had participated in the funerals of several gay Jesuit clergy over the last few years.
"I find it insulting to demean their memory and their years of service by even hinting that they were unfit for priesthood because of their sexual orientation," he wrote.
Chojnacki said he would be working with the Conference of Major Superiors, which represents leaders of religious orders in the United States including the Jesuits, Franciscans and others, and with bishops to fight "for the opportunity of a gay person to say yes to God's call in celibate service of priesthood and chaste religious life."
Thank God there are still some Christians* left!
*in the sense of seeking to be more like Christ himself was.