Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Remember... But Does John McCain?

We Remember... But Does John McCain?

We Remember... But Does John McCain?

9/11/08 Labels: 9-11, Mark Bingham 6 comments
Mark Bingham was an openly Gay American.

On September 11, 2001, when Mark Bingham, boarded United Airlines Flight 93 in Newark, NJ, little did he know that United Airlines Flight 93 would be one of four planes hijacked as part of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Nor did it ever cross Marks mind that he would become a hero that day, even though throughout his life he had always been a heroic man.

We are positive he never thought he would save a future presidential hopefuls life.

But when Todd Beamer finished reading the 23rd psalm and uttered the now famous phrase “let’s roll”, Mark stood up from his seat and was there to be counted among the hero’s that day. He was among those who stormed the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93 and prevented the hijackers from using the plane to kill perhaps even thousands more additional victims that day.

But on United Airlines Flight 93 on September the 11th 2001 there were no Gays, there were no straights, there were only Americans…

Jesus of Nazareth said, “Greater love hath no man than this… that a man lay down his life for his friends”…

Mark Bingham, Gay American, paid the ultimate price when he gave his life to save others, others he did not even know, others that still work hard to deny full rights to Gays American Citizens like Mark.

Bingham was a very rare breed indeed.

A selfless American hero.

Speaking before a crowd of 500 people who gathered at the University of California at Berkeley for the memorial service for Mark Bingham, Senator John McCain, who supports California Prop. 8, voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation, voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes and voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation, praised Mark's heroic sacrifice saying,

It is now believed that the terrorists on Flight 93 intended to crash the airplane into the United States Capitol where I work, the great house of democracy where I was that day… It is very possible that I would have been in the building, with a great many other people…

I may very well owe my life to Mark and the others who summoned the enormous courage and love necessary to deny those depraved, hateful men their terrible triumph.

Such a debt you incur for life.”

One would think an" honorable" man like John McCain, would honor his life debt to Mark Bingham by honoring the things Mark held dear, but so far McCain has opposed everything Mark stood for.

On September 11th 2001, Mark Bingham stood up for John McCain...

When is John McCain going to stand up for the Mark Bingham's of this counrty?

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