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BNL's Ed and Jim speak out about America's recent events

September 17th, 2001.

"Terror is infectious. Hatred is poisonous. Don't let the sickness in to your heart, or your head.

Some wicked people have committed unthinkable crimes against a great community. Those criminal terrorists are not part of our community, but there are many people who look like them, Many who talk, and dress like them. Many who share a religion with them. The many within our community have come here for the promise of a better place... A better life.

Let's join together and prove that this IS a better place to live. Don't let the deeds of madmen water the seeds of hatred, and fear. Our community has been dealt a terrible blow, but we can not let it destroy us.

Be smart, be strong, be understanding. Don't fracture the diversity that makes this community great. We all share in this responsibility. We have an opportunity to prove to the world that this community is not just mighty with the sword, but with head, and heart as well.

Tell everybody you care about that you love them, tell everybody you know that they matter to you, and tell strangers that they are part of your community. We are ALL in this together."

Ed Robertson
Barenaked Ladies

"As rescue workers are currently trying to recover survivors from the rubble, it's hard to know what to do or think.

A terrible senseless act has been committed to innocent people, an act seemingly designed to spread terror and hate.

The best thing I think we can do at this time is concentrate on supporting one another. Friends, family, anyone you meet. We're all in this together.

It's too easy to let the heaviness of the situation make us snap. No one can win in a game of terror. I think this applies in a national context as well as a personal one.

The right path can't be chosen in a state of panic. I hope all are well."

Jim Creeggan
Barenaked ladies