It will not surprise you that I too can very intensely remember when I first learned about the horrific terrorist onslaught on WTC NYC.
I had been busy doing some DTP work in my place and not paid any attention to the outside world. Only the day after I saw the news and was absolutely disturbed by the whole bloody thing. Who would have imagined something like that might ever happen!?
That very day or the next, not quite sure, I went to the local protestant church, seeking some consolation with a service there that had be arranged on short notice. Only to learn that the official keepers of faith had no intention whatsoever to provide just that: solace and prayer.
Instead, they were busy making political arguments, like please God, don't have the US politicians (the younger Bush president) take any action whatsoever against the wrongdoers! That really was their main concern at that point.
They had abandoned their faith and any traditional dogma long since, apparently.
I was ...