It was two years ago today that I organized the first Ground Zero mosque rally. I chose June 6th to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Americans fighting in defense of our freedom, individual rights and our cherished way of life. 60 years later, the battle came to our shores.
The President of the US, NY Community Board one, the Mayor, his rubber stamping city council, and worst of all, the enemedia were pressing forward with the Ground Zero mosquestrosity. SIOA called for a rally to protest the ultimate insult.
It was an amazing day. Historic — and it kicked off the most successful national counter-jihad effort in our nation's history. We defeated the mega mosque at Ground Zero. We prevailed.
And we will previal again and again, and defeat Islamic supremacism in this country. Gird your loins. It will be a long, hard slog.
D-day! 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 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 American 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 protest, please go here.
(JW): 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 Germano Riviera, 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.
El Marco Coverage: Stop the Mosque at Ground Zero Looking at the Left
On Sunday, June 6th, a multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalition of Americans opposed to Islamic violence and intolerance rallied at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
9/11 families were joined by immigrants from India, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Africa, Iran and Europe to show opposition to the construction of a mega-mosque at Ground Zero. Others flew in from overseas to speak or just to share their particular ethnic communities’ experiences at the hands of moslems.
These are parents and spouses of firefighters killed on 9/11. The rally took place just a minute’s walk from Ladder 10 Firehouse, where their loved ones were stationed for duty that terrible day. Ladder 10 lost seven firefighters.
Crowd estimates ranged from 5,000 (NYPD) to 10,000. The crowd overflowed the police barrier enclosures that ran the full length of two city blocks. This photo shows the enclosure in front of the stage at the intersection of Liberty and Trinity Streets. The second enclosure ran the length of the next block and can be seen on the other side of the traffic lights.
Pamela Geller, Executive Director of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), was the rally’s principal organizer. Geller’s Atlas Shrugs blog is one of the top 30 political blogs in the nation.
Geller is one of the foremost voices for freedom standing up against the tyranny and denial of human rights that Islamization brings. She has been a vocal and vigorous defender of religious freedom in the face of the spread into America of Islam’s death penalty for those who leave the religion.
Thousands of additional participants filled the treed area of Zuccotti Park.
“Ground Zero is a war memorial, Ground Zero is a burial ground. We are asking for sensitivity…It is unconscionable to build a shrine to the very ideology that inspired the jihadist attacks at Ground Zero, right there. We are asking the imam Rauf and Daisy Khan to be sensitive. For mutual respect and mutual understanding that is demanded of us every day.
There’s a hair-trigger sensitivity in the muslim world, you can’t run the cartoons, you can’t say Mohammed, this is offensive. This is an offensive mosque. To build a shrine, an Islamic flag of conquest on the sacred ground the cherished site, of a conquered land. This is historic, this is Islamic history. It’s what they do. The St. Sofia in Turkey, the al-Quds, at the holiest Jewish site in Israel. Not here. This is where we take a stand. We must take a stand. We must say no.”
Robert Spencer holds a photo of airplane parts that crashed through the roof of the Burlington Coat Factory (site of the controversial mosque) on 9/11. The fact that the building was unihabitable due to damage sustained on 9/11 makes it part of “Ground Zero”. It is 600 feet from the site of the Twin Towers.
“This is a war memorial. This has the blood of our American brothers on it. And I say that we designate the Burlington (coat factory) part of a war memorial, that it’s a historic landmark, like Gettysburg, like Pearl Harbor. And we are going to sue the U.S. government to get a designation of war memorial status.
I do not believe that the landmarks commission controlled by Mayor Bloomberg, is going to stop this mosque. It’s not going to happen. Here’s Omar Muhamedi, on his human rights council, a CAIR lawyer, who BLOOMBERG RUSHES MOSQUE APPROVAL!!
E-MAIL MAYOR BLOOMBERG : http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html
Robert Spencer is the co-founder with Pamela Geller of STOP ISLAMIZATION OF AMERICA, which sponsored the rally. Mr. Spencer is the author of eight indispensable books on Islam and head of the influential web site Jihadwatch.
Jihad Watch covers jihad in all its manifestations, and emphasizes the need for all the actual and potential victims of jihad violence and oppression — Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, secular Muslims, atheists, to join together to defend universal human rights.
Robert Spencer blasted New York politicians and dominant liberal media:
Are you tired of being smeared?
Every NY politician and every mainstream media source on this story has said this is a story about tolerance, against bigotry, and who do you think they’re calling the bigots? The Americans who are standing up for American values against the most radically intolerant and hateful agenda on the planet…
We were at the Community Board meeting when they approved this mosque 29 to 1. They said that the mosque leaders say that they believe in tolerance and so, OK, are you tired of being treated like a moron? They say they believe in tolerance, so that’s the end of the story as far as the mainstream media and the mayor of New York, and everybody else is concerned. Except for everybody with a grain of sense and eyes in our head.
The imam Faisal Abdul Rauf is on record in favor of bringing Islamic law, Sharia, into the United States. Read his book. He says there should be restrictions on the freedom of speech in the United States. It’s in there. I’ll bet the mayor hasn’t read it. The community board hasn’t read it, and Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf said he believes in tolerance. He believes in Sharia. Sharia denies the freedom of speech. Under Sharia, if you are muslim and you leave Islam, you are liable to be killed.
Under sharia, there is discrimination institutionalized against women and against non-muslims. That is anti-American, that is anti-freedom, that is anti-human, and we will not let it stand. And so, we are here to stand for America, to stand for the people we lost on that day, in an act of war, by the same ideology that will be taught in that mosque. And make no mistake, they say it will be different, but they will be reading the same Koran and teaching the same Islamic law that led those 19 hijackers to destroy the World Trade Center and murder 3,000 Americans.
Police enclosure on left, with crowd flowing out of park on right. The new Tower 7 and World Trade Center site are in the background. The green tent, center, is located immediately behind the stage.
The dominant liberal establishment media has mis-reported this gathering as a crowd of only 500 supposedly motivated by racial hatred. Typical is Salon Magazine, which called the 9/11 families, firemen, policemen and international victims of Islamic terrorism “various wingnuts, racists, riled up nativists and terrified fools.” Of course this is how the left thinks of any persons expressing the tiniest bit of patriotic sentiment. Watch the video above, and see who the media calls “500 racist teabaggers”.
Simon Deng is an American citizen from southern Sudan. He is also an escaped slave. He is a leading human rights activist who speaks out about genocide perpetrated against blacks by Arab moslems in Sudan. The history of Arab colonization of Africa is one of islamization, wholesale slave trading, racism and genocide. Simon Deng is a warner of the horrors of unbridled Islam and sharia law.
“This is an insult to America and this is an insult to New Yorkers. I’m outraged. I’m so mad and upset because of the insult to those who died here. The last words of the terrorists, it was Allah hu Akhbar when they came to kill us. And they want to build a mosque to say every single minute “Allah hu akbar” every minute here.
Let me tell you this, I came from a country where The policy of Islamization it took me to being a slave when I was nine years old. The policy of Islamization slaughtered three millions of my fellow Christians in southern Sudan. The policy of Arabization and Islamization left seven million of my fellow Christians refugees in Sudan, the biggest refugees since WWII.
In the state that I came from in southern Sudan, there used to be one mosque. I was in Sudan a month ago. There are 113 mosques. When they are building these mosques today, they’re going to build another one here tomorrow, and another one there, and another one there, and you’re going to have a million mosques. NO! Even the muslims themselves, I talked to hundreds of muslims, they agree, the mosque should not be here because of what happened here. The decent muslim agrees with all of you that the mosque, by being built here, it is an insult to those who died here. NO! NO! We, the New Yorkers, have to stand shoulder to shoulder, and stop this mosque.”
For those on the left who deny the nature of Islamic totalitarian aggression, I made this photo in black and white. For me, it’s a black and white issue.
Simon Deng is not the son nor the great-grandson of a slave. He is an escaped slave. He was kidnapped at age 9 by an Arab moslem and transported down the Nile from southern Sudan. There are still public slave markets in Sudan’s cities today, under an Islamist dictatorship. In Mr. Deng’s case, he was given to an Arab family related to the slaver. He was treated horribly, like a sub-human by his master and the family.
Simon Deng is of the Shilluk tribe. The distinctive scarring decorating his brow is worn by all Shilluk men. At age 14 he escaped with the help of a Shilluk stranger who he recognized by his decorated brow. Millions of Sudanese black Africans have been killed by Arabs in recent decades, and many million more were enslaved for export to the middle east over the centuries of Arab colonization. Moslems still enslave black men, women and children in a number of countries in Africa today.
Since slavery is permitted by sharia law, moslem countries have used secular law to ban it, but only after long anti-slavery campaigns from western nations. Some countries outlawed slavery only recently: Qatar in 1952, Yemen and Saudi Arabia in 1962, Mauritania in 1980. But slavery continues to be a fact of life in a number of moslem countries due to islamic culture and the fact that sharia law remains unchanged.
Simon Deng will lead the second SUDAN FREEDOM WALK from the United Nations in New York to the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. The march starts on September 28 from Dag Hammerskold Plaza, adjacent to the U.N. in Manhattan.
After the first Sudan Freedom Walk, two moslem men struck Mr. Deng with an automobile in an assassination attempt. With a broken shoulder, ribs, and two collapsed lungs, Mr. Deng was taken for dead, but was revived and spent two months in intensive care. It’s worthy to note here that our English word “assassin” comes from the Arabic word for those who kill for religious and political motives.
I spoke only briefly with Maureen Hunt (center), who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald for 21 years. Her sister, Kathleen, also worked at the World Trade Center, and died on 9/11. Maureen would have died also, but that morning her daughter, PFC Courtney Davila, left for Kuwait with the U.S. Army at 5:00 a.m. and she was there to see her off. Private Davila served 9 months in Kuwait and lives with the knowledge that but for her deployment on 9/11 2001 her mother would have died along with her aunt Kathleen.
Joyce and Vincent Boland with a photo of their son, Vincent, Jr., who died on 9/11 while working as a Marshall McLelan business analyst on the 97th floor of Tower 1. He was 25 years old and Mrs. Boland said of him ,”No mother could have asked for a better son.”
Port Authority and NYPD officers kept watch over the rally and were well aware of the need for heightened security at this event. One of their own Port Authority officers, WTC Sergeant Alan T. De Vona was on duty at the World Trade Center on 9/11, 2001, and was one of the first to help victims of the terrorist attack. He spoke these words to the SIOA rally:
“It’s almost nine years. I’m hoping that America is watching. I’m hoping that America is remembering. Because, make no mistake, September 11 was an act of war. And thank the military that has lost almost 5,000 troops from that day, defending us. I don’t know what to say to jar America’s memory. I want America to remember.
What do you need to hear? You want to hear that there were people that were so frightened that they jumped out of buildings and they exploded on impact? You want to hear that there were dismembered bodies all over? You want to hear that we looked at people that were gutted? There are things that we haven’t spoken about.
We couldn’t stop the people from responding. The Fire Department that day lost 343 firefighters, they were unstoppable. They poured into that building. The Port Authority Police: 37 police officers. NYPD 23 police officers. EMS lost people. Civilians were there. They helped people. They died helping people. America, where are you on this? Where are you? Don’t you remember? What is it going to take for you to remember?“
NYPD Sergeant Cuci on patrol next to the speakers’ platform.
“There was a 14 story building of rubble that smoked until December of 2001. On September 12th, we all came together, people from all over this country, people from other countries, came together to help us. … They told us that it would take over a year to clear that. But no, we did it within nine months. Construction workers, the Red Cross, the National Guard, everyone was here. Everyone walked through six inches of dust for over six weeks.
Please, America, don’t forget. We said on that day that we would never forget, and I beg you America, please, never, never forget. This is hallowed ground here.”
Port Authority Police and FDNY firefighters are seen here gathered beneath this banner.
Hindu human rights activist Prasad Yalamanchi holds a sign detailing moslem violence in Pakistan. Clockwise, a man beheaded in the street, the remains of Benazir Bhutto in the street after a suicide bomb attack, a woman disfigured and blinded by acid attack for some transgression of sharia law, refugees in a tent camp.
One of the favorite myths of the intellectually challenged is that of a “Golden Age” of islamic tranquil coexistence with Christians and Jews in Cordoba, Spain. The truth is much more believable. Cordoba’s two greatest citizens (after Seneca, 4 B.C.- 65 A.D.) were the Arab scholar Averroes (1126 – 1198) and the Jewish sage and doctor Maimonides (1135-1204).
Averroes played a major role in codifying islamic thought and in bringing the works of Aristotle to the attention of the west. Both Averroes and Maimonides were expelled from Cordoba by the reactionary fanaticism of Moors, who despised and burned books. Both lived out their lives in exile. Maimonides in Egypt, and Averroes in Morocco.
One of the first arguments that apologist for islam will shoot out is the Cordoba myth. The true story of the main hero of that myth, Averroes, destroys the myth. Besides, as Aayan Hirsi Ali points out, what good is a myth about 1,000 years ago in Spain when people are having their heads chopped off and being suicide-bombed today? It’s academic and lame.
One thing about Islamic jihad is that it’s global. It’s not a middle eastern problem, it’s not an Israel-Palestinian problem, it’s not a World Trade Center problem. All those are just fronts in the global jihad. And one of the nations that has suffered most in the global jihad throughout history is India.
Hindu human rights activist, native of India, Professor Babu Suseelan:
“I was born in the largest democracy in the world, and we lost half of our land, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kashmir, that were once majority Hindu. Now we lost it and it became muslim majority. What did the muslims do with the hindus living in their countries? They slaughtered them. They completely wiped them out. …
I read the Koran. Read Koran if you want to understand the terroristic doctrine and criminal treatise on the world. Of all the Koran, there are 164 specific verses instigating directly muslims to go against the kaffir and the infidel and conduct terrorism to wipe them out. It is surprising, they claim it is a religious book. But in their religious book, there is not a single word about love. I cannot understand in the Koran you read the entire words, you will not see the word ‘love’. Islamic religion is not a religion of love and compassion it is a criminal treatise for hostility, anger, violence and terrorism against infidels.
There were only 10 Mosques in New York City in 1970. There were over 100 in 2001, including 17 in Manhattan. There is no reason to allow construction of a 15 stories Mosque at Ground Zero. Muslims paid $4.85 million in cash for the property. Islamic leaders have not explained to the public where the cash came from. It is reported that the funding came from Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Iran, the leading promoters of Islamism around the world.
There are nearly 57 Islamic countries in the world. Is there any Islamic country where Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus can build their religious centers?
· Imams are busy issuing Fatwa against writers, journalists and cartoonists. Why there is no Fatwa issued against Jihadi terrorism?
· If Islam is peace, why hostility, Jihad war, and violence are taught at Madrasas? Why there is no peace in any Islamic countries?
· Riots invariably take place after the Friday prayers at the Mosques. Is it not because of the fiery sermons of the Imams based on the Koran?
· Islam has nothing in common with secularism, pluralism, democracy, tolerance and Human Rights. Why should we allow Muslims to construct Mosques to preach hatred against infidels?
· Are you aware more than 98% of terrorists arrested around the world are Muslims? Why?
The Islamic prime Minister of Turkey Erdogan clearly and loudly said “The Mosques are our barracks, the Domes are helmets, the Minarets are Bayonets and the faithful are soldiers.” Erdogan’s vision of Islam is the same as that of Bin- Laden, Colonel Khadafy, Mullah Omar, Imam Yavalaki, Al-Zwahiri, Ayatollah Khomeini, and the Saudi King which awarded the Islamic Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan “The King Faisal International prize for service to Islam.”
The construction of an Islamic barrack in the heart of America is to train jihadis for the next phase of Islamic invasion. The Islamic barrack will train the Muslims in the way of Islam. Since the days of Mohamed, the way of Islam is jihad. Mosques will ensure that newly converted Muslims become reliable Jihadis.
The issues at stake will certainly affect the heart of American freedom, democracy, cultural values and tolerance. America is a tolerant country that allows for the free worship of all its citizens. But our tolerance has limits. Do we have to tolerate intolerant Islamic ideology and Muslims who preach intolerant Islam?”
Hindu human rights activists Narain Kataria, Prasad Yalamanchi and unidentified friend came from Mississippi and Chicago with banners and flyers highlighting the radical statements of imam Rauf and his jihadist roots.
Salah Choudhury, himself a moslem, denounces the mosque project and questions if Imam Rauf is a fraud and liar who is an apologist for terrorists. Rauf’s statements after 9/11 echo those of Ward Churchill and Bill Ayers who both approved of the attacks.
“As a believing Muslim, it is hard to see a mosque at Ground Zero in New York City as anything other than another horror– a kick on the face to everyone who is still heavy with shock at the tragic death of 3,000 people killed by Islamist militants during the attack on 9/11. The mosque will cost over US$ 100 million; by now, money is already being shifted in the fund for its construction. Incidentally, a major segment of this money is coming from Arab nations, especially Saudis.
At this time, the largest mosque and cultural center in Manhattan is The Islamic Cultural Center of New York. This $17 million dollar center opened on April 15, 1991, just after the First Gulf War ended. Since September 11th, 2001, a number of controversial statements have came from at least two of the Center’s leaders, both of them blaming the Jewish population for the attacks and denying any Muslim involvement.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is planning the Islamic Community Center and mosque near Ground Zero says his critics are bigots, and that the project will stamp out terrorism — not fan the flames: “We condemn terrorists,” said Rauf, who is leading the charge to build the Cordoba House, as it is called. “We recognize it exists in our faith, but we are committed to eradicate it. We want to rebuild this community. This is about moderate Muslims who intend to be and want to be part of the solution.”
However, Rauf is also on record telling CNN, right after the 9/11 attacks, “U.S. policies were an accessory to the crime that happened. We [the U.S.] have been an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. Osama bin Laden was made in the USA.”
Elsewhere, Rauf has stated that terrorism will end only when the West acknowledges the harm it has done to Muslims. And that it was Christians who started mass attacks on civilians.
According to anti-jihadist author, Madeline Brooks, “Rauf has numerous ties to CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Department of Justice funding case brought against Hamas, an openly terrorist organization. CAIR is also the initiator of numerous cases designed to intimidate non-Muslims from criticizing aggressive Muslim behavior, and to use our own legal and democratic presses to undermine and dominate America, forcing it to become Islamic.
“Rauf calls himself a Sufi, evoking among non-Muslims a “peace and love” image. But that’s not the whole picture. Sufism has many sides to it, including the Koranic injunction to spread Islam one way or another, and it has a rich history of waging war, too. Could it be that one of the frequently used tools of war, lying to the enemy, explains the contradiction between Rauf’s image as reconciler of religions and his sympathies and associations with terrorists?”
Imam Rauf is a permanent trustee of New York’s uptown Islamic Cultural Center, founded by his Muslim Brotherhood father. Until Sept. 28, 2001, the ICC employed Imam Sheik Muhammad Gemeaha, an Al-Azhar University envoy to the U.S. One week later, from the “safety” of Egypt, Gemeaha said “only the Jews” could have perpetrated September 11. If Americans knew, “they would have done to Jews what Hitler did.” Allah says Jews “disseminate corruption in the land” and spread “heresy, homosexuality, alcoholism, and drugs,” he added.
Gemeaha’s successor at ICC was no better: Omar Saleem Abu-Namous saw no “conclusive evidence” proving Muslims responsible.
These pronouncements represent institutional discriminatory precepts embedded within Sharia law. Rauf’s associates, who operated under his trusteeship at the 96th Street mosque, uttered them, and not surprisingly, they mirrored Rauf’s own hateful post-9/11 comments.
In March, Rauf stated in Arabic: “I don’t believe in interfaith dialogue.”
On May 26, Rauf gave an interview to Sa’da Abdul Maksoud on the well-trafficked Hadiyul-Islam website:
Throughout my discussions with contemporary Muslim theologians, it is clear an Islamic state can be established in more than just a single form or mold. It can be established through a kingdom or a democracy. The important issue is to establish the general fundamentals of Sharia that are required to govern.
Rauf’s statements in Arabic directly contradicted his statements to English speakers — i.e., that the U.S. Constitution is Sharia-compliant. – Europe News
Joe Guckaran, from Pennsylvania, holds a Real Face of Islam flyer explaining the Koranic verse 9:111 “They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed…” and many other passages which exhort followers of Islam to wage unending violent jihad on all unbelievers worldwide.
Vinny Forras is a highly decorated firefighter from Westchester and was one of the first responders. On the third day of rescue and recovery operations he was buried alive with other firefighters by a collapse under the burning ruins. He was rescued after two hours and I think well represents his many brothers who perished on 9/11 and since.
“I grew up in Queens and I proudly served in the shadow of Ground Zero. I was one of the firefighters to answer the call and I was buried for nearly two hours beneath the rubble with my brothers. And I’m here to stand before you today and let you know that if I ever say or do anything that’s considered politically correct, it’s completely by accident.
We, the people, are still under attack, today. Planes rammed into these buildings on 9/11, but what’s happening here with this mosque is a continuation of the attack on all of us. I liken it to the Twilight Zone, where everything you believe that can’t happen does happen, especially with this administration. Think about it: we’re standing here on the 66th anniversary of D-Day when our brave soldiers took a beach head far away and spilled their blood in defense of America, freedom and liberty. We, the people, need to have the same courage that our military had 66 years ago today. And we must say, “No, not on our watch, are we going to allow this, right here on Ground Zero.”
I look around and I see the photographs of loved ones lost that appeared in this park when we were here nine years ago. Those families still die a little bit every single day, at the loss of their loved ones. How the hell can we justify more madness right here in our own back yard? I’m telling you now, guys, unless we the people stand up to this insanity, the attacks will continue on all of us. Every American must remember what happened here on this pile not so long ago, and to consider that we have the insane suggestion to build a mosque it is really a mockery on all of you, every one of you.
The attack continues today. and every single one of you must stand up for America and let our political leaders, (what a thought: leaders, these are the leaders we send?) Let’s get them out of here and send the people that actually represent you.
… nearly two thousand of the first responders have succumbed to their illnesses that they were exposed here at Ground Zero. The death toll mounts. I also have to mention my dear son, Michael, who is a serving U.S. Marine, who joined right after 9/11, and how do you think he and his Marines, and our soldiers feel around the world, as we even entertain this madness? Let’s send them a message: No to this mockery, and God bless America every single day.”
Happy and lucky to be alive. Vinny Forras (from left) with wife Monica, daughters Denise Valcarcel, Denise Giler, Alejandra Giler, and Orsi Dungi.
Vinny Forras and his wife Monica Carrera founded the Gear Up Foundation, honoring the victims of 9/11, especially firefighters and police officers. He is a candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.
I noticed a fair bit of canoodling and open displays of love and affection going on among these racist teabagger demons. This type of activity can get you into big trouble under the barbaric sharia law that is the mega-mosque’s stated purpose to promote in America. Recently, a Saudi man was sentenced to four months in prison and ninety brutal lashes for doing in a shopping mall exactly what the couple above are doing. Just a little kiss in public can lead to death in many moslem communities in the east, but also in the west.
Band of Mothers founder, Beverly Perlson challenged moslem mothers:
My son did four deployments with the 82nd Airborne. ANd you know what, my life changed when those muslim fanatics butchered 3,000 Americans. But my life didn’t change as much as Debbie Lee’s life changed. Her son was the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq. Merrillee Carlson, her son Michael didn’t come home. There’s over 5,000 brave American soldiers that gave their lives to keep this kind of nonsense away from us. We need to fight against this mosque.
You know what, Mayor Bloomberg, President Obama, and every Republican and Democrat, I’m calling on you to call out the muslims. I’m sick and tired of appeasing muslim fanaticism, aren’t you?
We need to stop to it, but I’m asking myself as a mother whose son fought through four deployments to keep us safe, I’m asking myself, where are the muslim mothers, and why aren’t they denouncing the fact that their little children are blowing up their own people? Killing them, blowing them up, and taking our sons and daughters down with them. Somebody needs to call them out. Yes, let’s call them out. Where are you, muslim mothers? It’s time for you to denounce this murderous behavior from the people in your race against my sons and daughters…
I’d like to send a message to President Obama: two things, President Obama. In case you didn’t know this, we have lost 440 soldiers since 2009 and I haven’t heard one word about it on the media. I haven’t heard anything coming from you. You need to thank our troops every day for keeping you safe.
Nelly Braginskaya of terror and mourning with a heavy Russian accent:
I lost my son and I lost my grandchildren also. Alex was 38 years old. He went for a conference North Tower, 108th floor, and he never came back. First of all, I want to tell fellow Americans, thank you very much what you came to support us, to support our city. All Americans, thank you guys.
Most of our family doesn’t have a grave. Even people who have grave in cemetery, they get just small piece of body, from mother, from father, from son, rest of the body is ash and blood, and everything on the Ground Zero. This is the grave, this is the burial place.
And I don’t want to say what all moslem is terrorist. Of course not. But 19 people who killed 3000 Americans. They was moslem. And we don’t want mosque on Ground Zero. They can build any place, but not Ground Zero. I want our voice can hear. Our mayor, our press, our Governor, everybody, help me to say Never Mosque on Ground Zero. Never!
I will now tell something else. If moslem want that we respect them, they have to respect us. This is how respect works. Only two-way. Somebody respect us, we respect them. I feel that this is a slap on the face, to families, to New York, to all America, to all of our country. If you think same like I think, let’s say again, NEVER MOSQUE ON GROUND ZERO. I believe everybody, from God, has permission to be alive. Israel also has permission to be alive.
Maria Korytnaia, from Queens, N.Y.
Men in black, one in leather and the other in gabardine.
Not one major network sent a satalite truck or camera crew to this event. Without bloggers this newsworthy event would have remained unknown to the public and history.
Pamela Geller is greeted by Hindu human rights activists Prasad Yalamanchi and Narain Kataria.
Bhupinder Singh Bhurji (Sikh), Pamela Geller (Jew), and Robert Spencer (Christian).
Singh Bhurji is the president of the NAMDHARI SIKH FOUNDATION. The foundation is a member of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI). HRCARI is a coalition of Hindus, Sikhs, Christians from Sudan, Egypt and Iraq, moderate Muslims and Jews — who are victims and targets of radical Islam around the globe. He said, at another rally:
“Radical Islamists are killing people in India, trying to dominate that nation. And here too they come with violence against “infidels.” We are “infidels united,” standing together, brown, black and white, against this epoch’s fascist movement. Radical Islam wants to dominate entire world. They want everyone to surrender. Islam radical or otherwise. They want to put the Islamic flag on White House.”
Because of Islamic terrorism, America and the world have seen massive new security measures become a way of life. Anyone openly critical of Islam, or terrorist ideology, must surround themselves with security, or live in hiding. Those courageous enough to confront islamism are criticized by the cowards and appeasers of the left who seek safety by supporting the enemy. Moderate moslems were silent when Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered in Amsterdam, just as moderate moslems in the United States are generally reluctant to speak out against violent Islam. Moderate moslems also face great danger in speaking out.
Geller and Spencer will press on despite the danger. They hope to inspire Americans to stand up and say enough of political correctness and work to stem the galloping islamization of America and Europe.
With increasing frequency, Islamic terrorists are acting here in America. On the day of this SIOA rally, two men were taken off a plane at Newark. They were on their way to kill Americans overseas.As long as Saudis are allowed to continue funding Wahabi mosques in the U.S. and around the world, terrorist acts in the target countries will continue to increase.
Mass immigration to the west of moslems when combined with Saudi Wahabi control of mosques constitutes a hostile colonization project which is war by other means. Until Islam is reformed, becomes a religion of peace, and ceases its war against humanity, free immigration of moslems and the building of mosques should be curtailed. Doing otherwise is suicidal on a grand scale.
Check out Conservative Monster's coverage here.
Urban Infidel was there and has great coverage.
Before it's news was there.
UPDATE: Pamela Hall posted the videos — terrific coverage here. The blogosphere doing the work of the mainstream media:
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.’’
“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.”
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