The Common Good

For Religious Left, 9/11 “Reflection” Means “Pacifism”

Pax Christi USA, a leftist Catholic group, hosted Evangelical Left activist Jim Wallis at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. to commemorate 9/11.

The Sojourners founder observed about 9/11: “We’re aware how we fell back on old habits. But with it comes a chance to learn new things.” These “old habits” were of course retaliation and war. Wallis remembered telling his wife on 9/11: “This is very bad…This could do very bad things to our nation’s soul.” Thankfully, he said, “another side of our soul was revealed.” Wallis praised the moments of “people giving their lives for complete strangers…Our first response was to overcome evil with good.” After praising the sacrifices of first responders, Wallis observed that Americans finally began to feel vulnerable, “how so much of the world feels all the time.” Since America was the oppressed party and its citizens experienced the shock of fear, it was now “more human.” He asserted, “Because of that America [had] the high ground. The world did not identify with the instigators…for a few moments, the world was admiring [Americans].”