Letter to the Editor From a North Carolina Minister, “An American Grandfather”-Truth!



Summary of eRumor:
This is said to be a letter written by North Carolina minister Charles Stanley with his comments about the terrorists.  It claims that the letter was sent to every major newspaper in the world.

The Truth:

This is being circulated by people who believe this to be the well-known minister and radio-television teacher from Georgia, Dr. Charles Stanley.

It is from Rev. Charles Stanley, but he is a pastor from Hertford, North Carolina, not the author and media pastor from Georgia.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

A “Letter to the Editor” that The Reverend Charles Stanley of North   Carolina sent to every major newspaper in the world, including Pakistan and   Iran (Afghanistan, Iraq & Syria do not have newspapers on the Internet).     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   An open letter to terrorists and to those who harbor and support you.   From an American Grandfather.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     I am told by the leaders of my government that you are intelligent people.   In light of your actions, I am having growing difficulty believing that. At   the very least, it has become increasingly obvious that you lack a   fundamental comprehension of my psychology as an American.   I hear on our news broadcasts that your rage is fueled by my support of   Israel. It has never been about nationality or religious faith — never   about Jew vs. Arab. I thought you would finally have understood that when I   sent my children into harm’s way in order to protect the innocent citizens   of Arab Kuwait from the savage wolf who would devour them for his own gain.   It has everything to do with the lessons taught to me by my father — and   his before him for many generations before the white man came to this land   we call America.   I have a vivid memory of coming home, as a boy of about nine years of age,   and telling my father of feeling helpless horror as I watched the   neighborhood bully unmercifully torment a boy even smaller than myself. My   father reflected for a long moment, then quietly inquired of me as to what   I had done about it. I said that I had watched until it was over and had   then come home.   The look in his eyes penetrated me to my core for he had never looked at me   in that way before. He said that he was deeply ashamed of me and he sent me   to my room with instructions to think about what had happened. It seemed   hours before he came to my door. He sat beside me on my bed and, for a   painfully long while, he said nothing.   When finally he spoke, he explained, “There will always be among us   dishonorable men who are devoid of humanity and compassion. They are but   naked animals and an empty shell of what truly is a man. They attempt to   fill their emptiness by the exercise of power over others, thinking that it   makes them whole men. Often they are enraged that they do not even   understand their own emptiness, what it is that they lack.   “When these men are also cowards, they disguise themselves as sheep among   the flock and attack from the shadows. This is the vilest form of subhuman   behavior for even animals attack openly when they must attack.”When   humanity and integrity are present in a man, he expresses them as   compassion. When compassion and strength achieve perfect balance within a   man, they manifest as wisdom. The compassionate man feels the pain of   others. The wise man protects others from pain. For, if you watch and do   nothing to protect others, who will come to your aide when you alone remain   and the bully comes for you?   “Some things are far more important than your personal safety and freedom   from pain. If ever again you see someone being hurt, protect him, even if   you are certain to be injured in the process. Then I will know that I have   truly raised a man”   Anyone who understands the impact of this lesson — and how deeply it runs   in the man I have become, will understand my unflinching willingness to   sacrifice my children in defense of Arab and Jew alike when they are   threatened by the bullies and cowards of the world. And please do not   insult my intelligence with claims of Jewish treatment of Palestinians. I am   old enough to retain vivid memories of 1948. I remember the excitement of   the Jews over the prospect of governing “with” them. Their reaction, and   that of their neighbors, was to attempt to finish what the Nazis could not.   Repeatedly.   Intelligent men? I, for one, am stunned by the monumental stupidity of your   arrogance. Did you actually think that only Americans would occupy the   World Trade Center? You have but fired the first pitiful salvo of World War   III for the entire world is now preparing to come after you, your host, your   financiers and your supporters. And please, do not listen to what I say.   You would do far better to watch the sky.   I must say that I owe you a profound debt of gratitude. Not for what you   have done or what you have unleashed upon the world, but for what you have   accomplished. For not one among us could have accomplished it. On Monday,   September 10, 2001, we were a divisive, apathetic nation. Our young people   had nothing by which to identify with our history or heritage; our people   were divided by factions of religion and skin color; our government was   polarized and paralyzed by political party affiliation, able to agree upon   nothing; the military had difficulty obtaining volunteers and most of us   simply changed TV channels in response to Red Cross pleas for blood   donations. Your actions have changed all of that in a way that has occurred   only twice before in the history of this nation — once in 1776 and again   on December 7, 1941. The worst in the worst of Allah’s children has brought   out the best in the best of Allah’s children and, for this, I thank you.   Since your cowardly act, Muslim, Jew, Christian, black, white, yellow and   brown have stood shoulder to shoulder for hours in the hot sun to donate   blood for the injured. Our government has suddenly become totally united in   its purpose. Our military is having difficulty handling the flood of   volunteers from among our young people. Our flag makers report that there   is no way humanly possible that they can keep up with the demand —   shipments are sold out within minutes. You have accomplished a miracle that   only God could have anticipated.   And, it would seem, the hand of God was present even in the date that you   selected for your attack, for you could not have chosen a date more in   keeping with a reawakening of American pride and purpose. There is in   America a nationwide system for seeking help in times of emergency. Every   American knows that, when threatened, he can pick up any telephone and dial   911 and help is immediately on the way to assist and protect him. By   selecting September, (our 9th month), 11, 2001 to exhibit your cowardice,   you unwittingly placed a 911 call that has brought all of America together   in a way that brings tears of joy and pride to my eyes. No longer is our   battle cry, “Remember Pearl Harbor!” Thanks to you and your kind it will now   and forevermore be, “Remember 911!” whenever the innocents of any nation   find themselves threatened by cowards with guns.   I do not, for a moment, deny that you hurt me. Far too many parents and   children now go to bed wondering where their loved ones are. And, yes, I am   momentarily reeling. But it is from the sudden realization that I share the   planet with anyone capable of such an atrocity against the humanity of so   many nations. In his Inaugural Address in Washington, DC on January 20,   1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “Let every nation know, whether it   wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet   any hardship,support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and   the success of liberty.” He was talking about the liberty of all men, of all   faiths, of all nations.   You need to understand that the truth of that statement is the very fabric   of who and what I am. I wish neither to rule nor to inflict injury upon the   innocents of any nation. I am the lion who sleeps with God’s lambs to   protect them from ravenous wolves that would devour them. Your 911 call has   awakened the lion and now I hunger for the flesh of wolves. In closing let   me state, Muhammad taught that Allah is a God of love — yet you have the   unmitigated gall to bastardize Islam to suit your own personal, unholy   agenda.   Who now is the infidel?           _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp