But no. It's all about purity of essence, Mandrake!
Well, what do those victims' families have to say? Are they insulted by the design?
Um, well ... it turns out that, according to the local Johnston Tribune Democrat, the families had a major role in selecting the design.
And, well ... they're feeling insulted, all right ... by the right-wing wackaloons:
- Esther Heymann, whose stepdaughter, Honor Elizabeth Wainio, was killed on Flight 93, said most family members find the design's recent criticism "insulting," considering the designs had been on public display for months before "Crescent of Embrace" was selected.
"I'm greatly saddened by it," Heymann said from her home in Baltimore. "I think there is an overall consensus that the families feel we have been very open and inviting through all of this, long before it reached this point.
"We're certainly not trying to pay tribute to the terrorists. I find that insulting," added Heymann, pointing out that red maples are indigenous to Somerset County.
Jack Grandcolas of San Rafael, Calif., whose wife, Lauren, died on Flight 93, agreed.
"I certainly wouldn't expect the memorial to be a tribute to the hijackers," he said. "That goes without saying."
I guess by now we should know that America's rabid right is incapable of embarrassment. But do they have to keep proving it day after day?
And while they're at it, they might ease up on the posts making fun of "moonbats." A quick look in the mirror should suffice.