|"Was it something I said?"|
This is a very difficult question, because this subject matter is not easy to discern.
A fog of controversy usually energizes holiday origin events.
Indeed, the one thing that seems to be prevalent in all religious holidays is the controversy about when, why, how, what, and who was involved in its origination.
Substantial controversy applies to today's holiday too, so it has some of the DNA of traditional holidays.
A government official of recent vintage details some of the controversy:
For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state.(9/11 After 13 years, P.C. Roberts, emphasis added). Today's holiday is not based on probability, rather, it is based on faith or trust in government (The Pillars of Knowledge: Faith and Trust?, The Coalition of the Killing).
The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11.
A generation of Americans has been born into disdain and distrust of Muslims.
A generation of Americans has been born into a police state in which privacy and constitutional protections no longer exist.
A generation of Americans has been born into continuous warfare while needs of citizens go unmet.
A generation of Americans has been born into a society in which truth is replaced with the endless repetition of falsehoods.
According to the official story, on September 11, 2001, the vaunted National Security State of the World’s Only Superpower was defeated by a few young Saudi Arabians armed only with box cutters. The American National Security State proved to be totally helpless and was dealt the greatest humiliation ever inflicted on any country claiming to be a power.
That day no aspect of the National Security State worked. Everything failed.
The US Air Force for the first time in its history could not get interceptor jet fighters into the air.
The National Security Council failed.
All sixteen US intelligence agencies failed as did those of America’s NATO and Israeli allies.
Air Traffic Control failed.
Airport Security failed four times at the same moment on the same day. The probability of such a failure is zero.
But what religion would today's holiday fit into?
Regular readers know that the Dredd Blog answer has always been Mithraism (see e.g. Doing the Right Thing - Mithraism, 2; The Virgin MOMCOM, Bully Worship: The Universal Religion, On The Origin of The Bully Religion, 2).
Mithraism, in addition to being a very ancient religion, was also the popular religion of the warriors and emperors of the Roman Empire (Catholic Encyclopedia: Mithraism, CAIS - a comparison of Christianity & Mithraism).
Christianity, therefore, was seen as a threat to Mithraism and was controversial, because the events involved, like today's holiday origin, concerned the apparent failure of one claiming super powers, and the view of "the probability of such a failure is zero."
One writer noted that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once looked into aspects of the scenario of Christianity arising in an era of Mithraism:
It is not at all surprising in view of the wide and growing influence of these religions that when the disciples in Antioch and elsewhere preached a crucified and risen Jesus they should be regarded as the heralds of another mystery religion, and that Jesus himself should be taken for the divine Lord of the cult through whose death and resurrection salvation was to be had.(Martin Luther King, Jr. on Mithraism). The controversy writ large is that actually Mithraism eventually supplanted Christianity in the Roman Empire, when among other things, those of the Mithraic persuasion claimed to have become Christians.
Subsequently, in the Holy Roman Empire all vestiges of Christianity in officialdom were supplanted when feudalism absorbed the church (American Feudalism - 2).
When we analyze the current military establishment's argument that current Christianity is a religion of holy warriors (On The Origin of the Crusader Pathogen, 2; Is War An Art or Is War A Disease?, 2), a bona fide controversy arises.
Thus, today's date (9/11) seems to qualify as a holiday in our culture.
I will close with the recent words of the president: "We have a sacred duty to veterans" (Obama: Caring for veterans a "sacred duty", Airman denied reenlistment for refusing to say 'so help me God').
Our cultural amygdala now has solid religious circuits based on holy wars (Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala - 4).
Morning Joe, March 1, 2012 (short commercial first):