September 16th, 2001


"Witnessing hell has made me a born-again atheist"

"... Instead, like my mother's, my atheism has only been strengthened by this week of human catastrophe. At a "Healing Eucharist" service at a church around the corner form St. Vincent's hospital, I got up to leave when the rector chanted: "Bless the Lord who forgives our sins," and the congregation responded: "His mercy endures forever." In a nearby house of alternative healing, I snuck out the side door when I was told, "As spiritual seekers we must understand these things happen for a purpose. If we don't accept that, all we'll have is anger and animosity in our hearts." I believe anger and animosity is an appropriate response to mass murder. ..." - Lauren Sandler

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