9/11 Anniversary Brings Islamic Center Supporters and Opponents to the Streets

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Both supporters and opponents of the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero plan to take to the streets this weekend as Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

The proposed development, known as Park51, has brought about significant controversy in New York City and across the country.

Supporters of the development and civil rights activists are also organizing events for the weekend. Activist group New York Neighbors for American Values will hold a vigil on the evening of September 10. Beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the International Action Center will lead a march from City Hall to the intersection of Park Place and Church Street.

“We will take a message of unity and respect, of jobs and justice -- [it] is what we need, and not the message of hate that will be spewing forth from just a block down on West Broadway,” said Sara Flounder, one of the rally organizers.

Mosque opponents plan to congregate just one block away, at the intersection of West Broadway and Park Place, at 3 p.m. Saturday. The protest will be led by one of the center’s most outspoken opponents, blogger Pamela Geller. There will also be a candlelight vigil earlier that day at 1 p.m., led by Christian group Elijah Ministries, which opposes the development and mosque.


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Comments [2]

Bobby J. D'Amico from New York

We must not allow our freedoms to be our undoing. This is not a matter of religion. It is, rather a matter of security for all Americans. The Cordoba initiative will provide a hostel, a hotel, a safe haven for those who will do violence in the name of God. It cannot be compleled; not in NYC, not anywhere within the borders of the United States of America. Mr. Rauf, please leave us in peace.

Sep. 11 2010 12:27 PM
lynne miller

sometimes it is difficult to be an American. One has to accord rights to others that one enjoys oneself. it is time for all of our elder statesmen to speak up on the freedom of religion as well as freedom of speech issue. All of our former presidents need to speak out on the nyc muslim community/cultural center issue. we need to quell the emotional and hurtful wilding that is poisoning our country.

Sep. 10 2010 01:38 PM

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