I’m spreading the word here on the huge rally in NYC that is getting very little coverage in the media – the FDI – SIOA Ground Zero Rally that drew an extraordinary estimated 40,000 people. They were of all political stripes and represented both parties, and a wide swathe of the races and religions of the USA. There were also family members of 9/11 victims. Organized by the irrepressible author and blogger Pamela Geller of “Atlas Shrugs” and here, her coverage from her blog:
America Speaks! Historic 9/11 Rally draws 40,000
Geert Wilders spoke and US Ambassador John Bolton, as well as Joseph Nasralla who spoke passionately of his love for America and about the persecution of Coptic Christians by Muslims in Egypt.
“Did New York deserve this? Did America deserve this? Did the West deserve this? What, my friends, would you say to people who argue that New York, that America, that the West had itself to blame for those horrible sounds?
There are people in this city who argue this. And they are angry because we are gathered here today to commemorate, to make a stand, to draw the line. My friends, I have come from the other side of the Atlantic to share your grief for those who died here nine years ago. I have not forgotten how I felt that day.”
Most unfortunately, the Imam who is pushing for the GZ Mosque/community center does believe and has stated that the USA is to blame for the attacks. A man who voted for Obama comments to great effect:
“I campaigned for Obama in 2008 in DC and VA, so I am not Pamela Geller’s natural audience, to say the least. And I actually supported this mosque – loudly – when I first heard about it. But the more I learned, the more I have read, the more I realized I was simply wrong.
To have planned its opening for 9/11/2011, even as an initial draft, shocks the conscience. While some have characterized Abdul-Rauf as pro-American, if he blames the U.S. in part as an accessory for 9/11 and has not repudiated the comment, it’s for shame. It would be nice if Islam were like the Bahai faith that it persecutes – non-proselytizing, pro-equality, pro-peace, pro-science. But it’s the opposite of these things. And naming it after an Islamic conquest in Christian Europe – well in poker we call that a tell. Reading selections of ibn Warraq’s Why I Am Not a Muslim was also instructive.
I don’t know if I agree with all of Geert Wilders’ agenda – banning books and taxing burkas seems a bit silly and bizarre. But his basic point – that Islam has a predatory character and seeks conquest or at least jurisdiction over the planet, and is a hazard to Enlightenment values – would get him my vote. Even 8 weeks ago, I’d have dismissed Pamela Geller as a nut. Now I want to buy her book. If this means I don’t get invited to any cocktail parties on the Upper West Side for the rest of my life, fine; beer and a shot in East Baltimore work for me.”
(note from Pamela on Wilders) For the record, Wilders call to ban the qu’ran has to be understood in the context of Dutch law which does ban books. Wilders said if Mein Kamf is banned, the qu’ran should be too. It was a call for a consistent application of existing Dutch law.
While here in the Bay Area there are marches and vigils for interfaith tolerance and “love”, the simple fact is that radical Islam has no such love and tolerance and never will. The Islam that wishes to destroy this country and the west is not tolerant and views “tolerance” as weakness and vulnerability, as a bully would. While there are certainly many moderate Muslims and some of these were even present at the rally in NY, a Radical Islam is still at war with the west and with the United States. I am afraid that many of the people here who marched for peace and tolerance are naive. There can only be victory over tyrannical ideologies and never tolerance.