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Brueggemann's comment about the destruction of the world trade center as our age's destruction of the second temple is an absurd reflection of the American conceit that what happens to us is some how more important than what happens to everyone else. Two buildings in one city were knocked down; the rest of us live in our cities, on our old streets, in our own homes. Virtually nothing has changed. At the fall of the second temple, the Hebrews' leaders were tortured to death, they were flayed alive, .... Their entire civilization was destroyed, ... And the Jewish profits lamented not only the destruction of the second temple but the of that of the first temple when the entire people were driven from their homes. A contemporary equivalent would be what is happening in Darfur or what the Talaban did (are doing) to the Afghani people. And, in some ways, what has happened to the Palestinian people who are being used as pawns. Also, while I feel less passionately about his comment that violence is increasing, social scientists who study societal trends are saying that in fact overall world violence has decreased in the last 50 years. His "lamentation" for the the present is a personal conceit. While there are evils in today's America, where is his superior future? How does he inspire congregants to work toward that future? By preaching a harangue from the pulpit?