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Sometime in the future, when historians write the definitive analysis of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, they will talk about the day freedom died in America. Freedom took a hit on that day, but it died on the operating table 45 days later – on October 26 – the day Congress passed, without reading, an onerous piece of legislation called the USA Patriot Act.
Intelligent design has been much in the news lately, and as a reader service today my column will examine this origin-of-life issue from several perspectives: the scientific, the theological and the ridiculous, the last to tweak those few readers who have not evolved sufficiently to have a sense of humor.
As the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, an obvious question should be asked: Why has al Qaeda — the name given to the loosely affiliated terrorist network inspired by Osama bin Laden — not launched even one follow-up attack within the United States? Even more surprising is the fact that no Islamic terrorist organization of any kind has carried out such an attack on American soil.