Up to 10,000 Protest 911 Mega Mosque on D Day: American media yawns!

Reposted from Pamela Geller’s ‘Atlas Shrugs’

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Excelsior! Upwards of Eight Thousand Protest 911 Mega Mosque on D Day! UPDATE: More Coverage, Photos, VIDEO

El Marco photo (go here)


Despite weather forecasts of thunderstorms and rain, the skies were clear and beautiful — but not as beautiful as this patriotic crowd of great Americans and Europeans. It was a real cross section of humanity ………. every race, creed, color and religion were out in all their glory.

Robert and I were expecting 500; imagine our wonder when close to 5,000 showed up. Some estimates ranged as high as 10,000. This is just the beginning. We are going to sue to designate the Burlington building a war memorial. There is a large piece of an airplane in that building. That is a war memorial. Instead of a mega mosque at ground zero, let’s build a 911 war memorial to the victims. The current plan for a 911 museum is several floors underground, like a dungeon. And the mosque plan calls for the mosque to be on the top floor, looking down triumphantly on the burial ground of Ground Zero. 

I don’t think so. The Burlington building must be a war memorial, an historic landmark. We will sue to make that happen. We will protest again in September and stage sit-ins in front of the mosque should they try to break ground. Three thousand good and decent Americans did not die in vain.


 

 

The gathering crowd


Second floor of the Burger King across the street from the rally

 

 


The crowd was so huge that it filled the police pens and Zuccotti Park, and overflowed to the other side of the street. American Sheepdogs with an SIOA banner were down the block,  across the street, right outside Charley’s.

There was little big media there, which indicates how biased they are against the Ame rican people. NY News actually ran four segments repeatedly  of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered parade since I got home. And Fox is running ….get this — Greta Van Susteren’s years old interview with Natalee Holloway’s murderer.

But there were loads of bloggers like El Marco, Pamela Hall, etc. I will update with their extraordinary work and photojournalism. If you missed El Marco’s stunning coverage of the mosque yesterday, please go here.

Robert’s reportage is here:

They started showing up long before the rally began at noon today. They came from Washington state, California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Florida, and elsewhere. They were Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists, Muslims of conscience. They were lovers of freedom.

An hour before the rally began, they numbered 1,000. Zuccotti Park’s owners sided with the Islamic supremacists and withdrew their permit to allow us to gather there, and so the police repeatedly requested that people leave the park and move into the pens that the police had set up at Church and Liberty streets. Before noon, however, the pens were full — and so, with free citizens having every legal right to be in the park, the park became a site for the rally despite the best efforts of its clueless dhimmi owners.

By the time the rally was in full swing, the crowd filled the pens, the park, and the other side of the street. Police estimated that 5,000 people were there, and other estimates ranged as high as 10,000. The crowd carried signs expressing their love for freedom, their contempt for Sharia, and their anger at Islamic supremacism and insult to the memories of those murdered on 9/11 that this mosque represents.

And we had a full spectrum of top quality speakers. There were 9/11 family members, including C. Lee Hanson, who lost his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter on 9/11. There were people who experienced the oppression of Sharia firsthand, such as the Egyptian ex-Muslim Nonie Darwish, the Sudanese ex-slave Simon Deng, and the Hindu human rights activist Babu Suseelan. There was Dennis McKenna, who worked recovering remains from the ruins of the World Trade Center; Alan T. DeVona, the patrol sergeant on duty on September 11, 2001; and Keith LeBow, an ironworker who was one of the first responders on the scene on September 11. There was Herb London of the Hudson Institute and Beverly Carlson of the Band of Mothers — and a host of other speakers, all lovers of America and lovers of freedom.

The theme among all the speakers was common: the mosque is an insult to the Americans who were murdered there. It is a manifestation of a radically intolerant belief system that is incompatible with the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. And even with all the political elites against us, and the mainstream media indifferent or compromised (5,000 to 10,000 people at the rally, and no mainstream media coverage!), we will prevail. All we have on our side is the truth.

Pamela Geller did interviews with Al-Jazeera, AP, Chilean television, Italian television and many others; I was interviewed by Italian television and TV Asia. ABC? NBC? CBS? CNN? Even FOX? AWOL.

And the truth is powerful. The forecast had called for rain, but it didn’t start raining in New York until after the rally had broken up. Many took it as a sign that we represented the cause of right and justice. And even with all the indifference of the politicians and the media, we sent a signal today: we will not let this injustice stand. We will be rallying again in September, and again when construction begins on the mega-mosque. We will be filing suit against the Federal Government, asking that the Burlington Coat Factory site where the mega-mosque is going to be built be designated a war memorial, a la Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg, etc., because of the part of one of the 9/11 airplanes that crashed into the roof there, and that is in the makeshift mosque that Muslims are using there now.

And above all: we will never give up.

UPDATE: Check out this picture that El Marco took outside the 911 mosque yesterday after Friday prayers. The Muslim with glasses emerged from the mosque after prayers, approached all the three media outlets present (French, Italian and Canadian), and slandered me with the most vicious, outrageous lies. He said, “Pamela Geller called for the firebombing of the mosque.” He repeatedly said it. This is a dangerous incitement to violence against me. Broadcasting this jihadist libel to the ummah. It is a horrible, disgusting lie.


UPDATE: Check out Conservative Monster’s coverage here.

UPDATE: Urban Infidel was there and they have great coverage.

UPDATE: Before it’s news was there.

UPDATE: More fantastic coverage – here the People’s Cube; and more pics here.




UPDATE: El Marco had this:

 

Pamela Geller, the co-founder of Stop Islamization of America, speaks passionately about jihad, sharia, and why the idea of a mosque in this spot is so wrong.

“We are here today in honor of D-Day, when the Allied Forces began to defeat Nazism. And the symbolism should not be lost. Not only should the symbolism not be lost, but we’re on the corner of Church and Liberty.

Ground Zero is a war memorial. Ground Zero is a burial ground…We are asking for sensitivity…

This is part of the plane that went into the Trade Center, that’s in the Burlington Coat Factory (the building that was bought with mysterious funding for the mosque). Designate it as a historic landmark, like Pearl Harbor. We are going to sue the U.S. Government to get a designation of war memorial status.”


The crowd gathers. Tower 7 is the tall building in the background.


Simon Deng, who was enslaved as a child by Arabs in his native land, Sudan, speaks. Slavery, genocide, terr0rism and sharia must not be tolerated. Many Americans, including Mayor Bloomberg, don’t understand enough about what Islamic countries are like. Even in the more moderate moslem countries, like Egypt, churches are burned and there is no tolerance of other religions. Former Moslem Noni Darwish, who grew up in Gaza and Egypt, also addressed the rally. She said “We are threatened right here in America by mosques that are issuing fatwas against us…I understand the symbolism of a mosque…they’ve been built historically on the sites of Jewish temples, churches, Hindu temples — it’s a sign of being conquered. After they conquer a country, every church, every temple, must be converted to a mosque. You know the people who come here and ask for sensitivity training: where are the churches in Saudi Arabia? Even in Egypt, the churches have been burned…Do we need an area of pilgrimage for muslims in New York? Our 3,000 fellow Americans who were killed on 9/11 are looking down on us, and they are saying we don’t want to hear “Allah hu Akbar” any more.”

There are moslems who understand that the location for the mosque is a bad idea too. In an editorial in today’s Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby writes:

“Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, a devout Muslim and director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism in Washington, notes that the spiritual leader of the Cordoba Initiative, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, describes himself as a Sufi — a Muslim focused on Islamic mysticism and spiritual wisdom. But “building a 15-story Islamic center at ground zero isn’t something a Sufi would do,” according to Schwartz, also a practitioner of Sufism. “Sufism is supposed to be based on sensitivity toward others,” yet Cordoba House comes across as “grossly insensitive.” He rejects Rauf’s stance that a highly visible Muslim presence at ground zero is the way to make a statement opposing what happened on 9/11. Better, in his view, is the approach of many Muslims “who hate terrorism and who have gone privately to the site and recited prayers for the dead silently and unperceived by others.”


Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch. From his report:

“By the time the rally was in full swing, the crowd filled the pens, the park, and the other side of the street. Police estimated that 5,000 people were there, and other estimates ranged as high as 10,000. The crowd carried signs expressing their love for freedom, their contempt for Sharia, and their anger at Islamic supremacism and insult to the memories of those murdered on 9/11 that this mosque represents.

And we had a full spectrum of top quality speakers. There were 9/11 family members, including C. Lee Hanson, who lost his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter on 9/11. There were people who experienced the oppression of Sharia firsthand, such as the Egyptian ex-Muslim Nonie Darwish, the Sudanese ex-slave Simon Deng, and the Hindu human rights activist Babu Suseelan. There was Dennis McKenna, who worked recovering remains from the ruins of the World Trade Center; Alan T. DeVona, the patrol sergeant on duty on September 11, 2001; and Keith LeBow, an ironworker who was one of the first responders on the scene on September 11. There was Herb London of the Hudson Institute and Beverly Carlson of the Band of Mothers — and a host of other speakers, all lovers of America and lovers of freedom.

The theme among all the speakers was common: the mosque is an insult to the Americans who were murdered there. It is a manifestation of a radically intolerant belief system that is incompatible with the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. And even with all the political elites against us, and the mainstream media indifferent or compromised (5,000 to 10,000 people at the rally, and no mainstream media coverage!), we will prevail. All we have on our side is the truth.”



Dan Maloney of Gathering of Eagles, a veterans’ group whose motto is “fighting the insurgency at home”. Our men and women who are deployed in the middle east and elsewhere are putting their lives on the line, but so are those who are speaking out against radical Islam here at home.

Many more photos to follow later – come back soon for Part 2!

UPDATE: Eye on the World was there. Great snaps.

UPDATE: Crowd vid (thanks to LI Tea Party, Bryan)

UPDATE: Pamela Hall posted the videos — terrific coverage here. The blogosphere doing the work of the mainstream media:

(Four Videos posted so far. Check back as more videos will be posted!)

The D-Day at Ground Zero Rally was a success!  We honored those who died on the beaches of Normandy and those who were murdered on 9-11 . . There will be many videos posted of those who spoke.  Leading off with one of the co-sponsors of the rally, Pamela Geller of SOIA (Stop The Islamization of America). Will write more later…meanwhile, we’ll let the videos “do the talking”:

Pamela Geller

Robert Spencer

Nonie Darwish

.Anders Gravers

The planned Mega-Mosque would offer swimming pools and pretty meeting rooms where people can gather and read and “ask questions.” It would become “Dawah Central” at Ground Zero. It must be stopped!

Great pictures at The Peoples Cube and Looking at the Left and Urban Infidel. More posts are adding to the pictures of the THOUSANDS (don’t let “them” downgrade it into hundreds).

Pictures at Eye On The World. And of course, Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch!

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5 Responses

  1. You people are so hateful it is sad

  2. I like it how you put every creed, race and gender showed up, im sure there were no muslims there, or minorities you are protesting them for practicing their first amendment rights that is just sad. You people are hateful bigots

  3. You are entitled to your opinion and they are entilted to theirs and i to mine – that is all our first amendment rights. We all get to speak. You even get to call me a hateful bigot!

  4. Hateful?? HEY, we are speaking about the truth of Islam and Terrorism !!! And, you’re saying the protester are hateful bigots??? Please, speak in front of the mirror and see what most muslim does…you’ll know who’s the truly hateful bigots are.

    • I really have to laugh at these folks who deny that the terrorists are Islamic terrorists which are doing these things in the name of oslam.
      We are only protesting against threats made to us by Islamic protesters! We did not make this up in a vaccum!
      19 at the towers were followed by many others since then- this has not stopped they ontinue in the name of islam to try to kill Americans. why blame Americans for heading their warnings?

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