On September 11, 2001, at 8:46am, a plane was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:03 am, another plane was flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:37am, yet another plane was flown into the Pentagon. At 10:03am, a fourth plane that was aimed at either the U.S. Capitol or the White House crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Those planes had been hijacked by Muslim terrorists and the terrorist attack was orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden. 2,605 Americans died as a result. Numerous Americans lost parents, children, spouses, family, dear friends, and loved ones that day. The peace that existed in America before that infamous day came to a sudden, shocking end.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to, in part, apprehend Osama Bin Laden and topple the Taliban, an Islamic terrorist group that ruled Afghanistan at that time. While Bin Laden initially escaped apprehension, he was brought to justice in 2011, when he was killed during an American covert operation. The Taliban was toppled in 2001, but was not completely destroyed. In 2021, the United States and its allies left Afghanistan and on August 15th, 2021, the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan. The secularism, rights, and liberty that existed in Afghanistan while the United States and its allies were in the country came to an end on that day. Islamic theocracy rose in their place.
9/11 was the start of a new wave of global jihad. These last twenty years have seen Islamic terrorist attacks across the West and have seen Islamic terrorist groups seize territory and take over governments. Before the American invasion, Afghanistan was a safe haven for Islamic terrorism. Now, it will return to being a safe haven for Islamic terrorism. The War in Afghanistan may have ended, but the Islamic war on secularism and the West has not.
9/11 was not only the start of a new wave of Islamic terrorism; it was also the start of the New Atheist movement. This reactionary and fresh movement, with the help of the release of four best-selling books, showed the entire world what the logical conclusion of religion is. In the minds of believers, the will of God justifies any and all atrocities. All must submit. The New Atheists fought religion, Islamic and otherwise, and advocated for science, evidence, inquiry, reason, ethics, and morality. The then emerging and growing secular community provided a more rational and enlightened view of the world as an alternative to the oppressive and dark view of the world that religion offered. New Atheism showed that the world does not need religion and convinced many people in the West to abandon faith. Islamic terrorism tried to seize control of the world; New Atheism rose up to fight back.
America and its allies have greatly weakened Islamic terrorism around the world, but they have not destroyed it. Terrorist organizations now have an opportunity to grow and launch more deadly and numerous attacks on America and the West. Muslim terrorists are committed to destroying secularism and the West. The Western world cannot allow that to happen. Muslim terrorists must be brought to justice. Secularism and the West must continue to be defended. Islamic terrorism must be utterly destroyed.
Atheists for Liberty honors the victims of 9/11 and the heroes who rose to the occasion. We honor the following: the 2,605 Americans and the 372 non-Americans who lost their lives in the attack, everyone who has been hurt or killed by Islamic terrorism, the first responders who came to the rescue, the American and allied soldiers who nobly fought Islamic terrorism, those soldiers who gave their lives to that fight, and everyone who took action in the face of global jihad. The victims of 9/11 and global jihad are gone, but not forgotten.
Atheists for Liberty is committed to fighting theocracy, Islamic or otherwise, and promoting secularism and enlightenment values. We denounce Islam-rooted prejudice. We will not apologize for or defend Islam-rooted prejudice or Islamic dogma. We whole-heartedly and unequivocally support Ex-Muslims. Apostasy is a human right. We denounce calls for anti-blasphemy laws and actions, as those violate free speech and enable Islam-rooted prejudice. We advocate for separation of church and state and we normalize secular identities. Atheists for Liberty continues the noble mission of the New Atheist movement: fight for secularism and enlightenment and fight dogma; be it Islam, wokeness, or something else.