Flight 93 Protestor Convinces Father of Victim to Remove Name

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As we reported as on him again as recently as couple of weeks ago, Alec Rawls, the guy who is fighting to have the design of the Flight 93 Memorial changed from its current form, put together by Paul Murdoch, has popped up again in the news for winning a victory for himself by convincing the father of one of the victims to request that his son’s name be removed. It’s a sad story, considering that Rawls’ theories that the memorial is honoring Muslim extremists have been constantly discounted as the rants of someone who clearly doesn’t have any idea what they’re talking about.

Thomas E. Burnett, of Northfield, Minnesota, said he is looking for is a “thorough, honest investigation” of the design and the elements discussed by Alec Rawls, a conservative blogger from Palo Alto, California. Burnett said many of his concerns were based on Rawls’ theories.

Rawls says the planned memorial faces toward Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, and contends that a planned 93-foot (28-meter) tower with wind chimes would act as an Islamic sundial.

Joanne Hanley, superintendent of the Flight 93 National Memorial, said, Rawls “bases all of his conclusions on faulty assumptions.”