Todd Starnes: 9/11 “Never Forget” memorials face censorship, vandalism

Todd Starnes and Spencer Brown

Todd Starnes speaks with Young America’s Foundation’s Spencer Brown about the organization’s program encouraging students to remember 9/11.

Students at a Michigan high school were told they could not display posters promoting Young America’s Foundation’s “9/11 Never Forget” project because the images were too violent.

Grosse Pointe High School North rejected the posters because they included images of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, along with other images of atrocities committed by Islamic radicals.

YAF spokesman Spencer Brown said on “The Todd Starnes Radio Show” that administrators feared “the content was too violent.”

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Brown said the images on the posters are no more violent than images that are included in some of the textbooks used by the school. The school district, by the way, did not offer a comment.

“We're digging into it, even more, to see if this is viewpoint discrimination or are they not wanting to teach the full history of 9/11,” Brown said of the school located in a Detroit suburb. “What is it that they're afraid of?”

Brown also said a YAF memorial at Stetson University in Florida was vandalized Wednesday by chalk artists who desecrated the display with anti-American rhetoric.

The “Never Forget” project was created by Young America’s Foundation in 2003 when it realized that schools and students were not doing anything to observe the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

“The whole point of the 9/11 Never Forget project is not to be political,” Brown said. “The whole point of it is to observe this factual thing that happened in history.”

The centerpiece of the project is an American flag display made up of 2,977 flags memorializing the people who died that day.

“It's really just an opportunity for Young Americans for Freedom chapters and other conservative clubs to create a moment of remembrance at their schools and really bring the community together,” Brown said.

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He said the point of the project is to “remind students that these radical terrorists still pose a threat.”

“And so it's important to stay vigilant against that threat to freedom,” Brown said.

As I write in my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left from Killing a Nation,” the left has turned our schools into indoctrination centers – spewing anti-American propaganda.

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I’m not surprised that the posters were banned at that Michigan high school. It makes me wonder if school leaders were trying to whitewash history.

Kudos to Young America’s Foundation for standing in the gap and educating future generations about the truth of September 11, 2001. It was the day when Islamic radicals waged jihad on American soil in the name of their religion.

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