Lying About 9/11

Why do people lie about 9/11? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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While many of us have told a fib at one time or another, we’d never lie about something as serious as a terrorist attack that killed thousands. But a surprising number of people do, according to George Washington University psychiatrist Jean Kim in a recent Washington Post article.

After September 11th, many of Kim’s patients began telling her they’d lost friends or relatives. At first she believed them, but when their stories didn’t add up, she started to dig. Turns out people regularly lie about knowing someone who died that day—an act that Kim describes as a cry for attention from lonely or lost souls. And everyone from actors to the homeless were guilty.

Taking advantage of terrorism is pretty low, but Kim is right when she calls these lies cries for attention. Just goes to show how much people want to be a part of a story that matters, and Christians know a story that’s big enough for everyone—and one where even evil like 9/11 is overcome by redemption.

Further Reading

I was a psychiatrist in post-9/11 New York. Patients lied all the time about that day.
Jean Kim | Washington Post | September 17, 2015


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