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“Several members of families who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, were also among the protestors. They displayed photos of their family members who died. They said building a mosque so close to their loved ones graves is an insult.”

On June 6, 2010, the aniversary of D-Day, almost ten thousand people showed up in lower Manhattan to protest the building of a mosque near the site of the Radical Islamic Terrorist attack on the World Trade Center at Ground Zero on 9-11.

Did anyone see coverage of this event on national TV? Did the government-media cover the event? Apparently not! While thousands of Americans stood up against Radical Islam in New York City, not one major network sent a satellite truck or camera crew to this event. Without bloggers and the internet, this newsworthy event would have remained unknown to the public and history.

Although not legally binding, the plan for the construction of the mosque was given preliminary overwhelming approval by a local New York City community board in May. Protestors at the June 6th event expressed hope that their public protest and outcry would change the hearts and minds of community board members and ultimately keep the mosque from being built.

The protest rally was a multi-ethnic, multi-racial coalition of almost ten thousand people who are opposed to Islamic violence and intolerance who rallied at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. It was not some small group of anti-Muslim protestors. 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 Radical Muslims.

There were parents and spouses of many of the firefighters killed on 9/11. The rally took place just a short walk from FDNYC Ladder 10 Firehouse, where their loved ones were stationed for duty that terrible day. Ladder 10 lost seven firefighters on 9-11.

The crowd overflowed the police barrier enclosures that ran the full length of two city blocks.

Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are the founders of STOP ISLAMIZATION OF AMERICA, which sponsored the rally. Ms. Geller is a citizen journalist and blogger who runs the human rights web site Atlas Shrugs. Mr. Spencer is the author of several books on Islam and head of the influential web site Jihad Watch.

Speaking to the American people gathered at the rally, Pamela Geller said:

“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 is 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. ”

Geller continued: “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 sued the airlines and the Jane and John Does that saw something and said something on those airplanes, if you remember. That’s who’s on his human rights commission. It ain’t gonna happen with Bloomberg. We have to make it happen. You have to get involved.”

Organizers say the man behind the mosque – Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – is not the man of peace he claims to be.

“He says he advocates for tolerance, but in his book he advocates for Sharia law which is radically intolerant,” said Pamela Gellar. “We have no idea where the funding is coming from. We know his father built an Islamic Center on 96th street and was funded by 49 Muslim countries. Who’s funding this $50 million monster? We want to know.”

Several members of families who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, were also among the protestors. They displayed photos of their family members who died. They said building a mosque so close to their loved ones graves is an insult.

“This is my only son,” said Eileen Tallon, who lost her son in the attack. “He was a firefighter and he went into rescue people that day. I’m upset about the building of the mosque, because Muslim terrorists murdered my son and 3,000 Americans at this site.”

“Such was the violence on 9-11 that my brother’s remains were never found,” said Christina Regenhard said. “He was killed by Islamist and now they want to build a mosque on his grave. Their victory will be complete.”

“The leader of the mosque is a ‘bad guy’ as we say in New York,” the slain man’s father, Albert Regenhard, added. “His father was a member of Muslim Brotherhood. These are the groups that include Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda.”

Immigrants Join Protest

Many of the protestors were immigrants, including Russian Jews, Arab Christians and Indians who love American freedoms and who fear the growing Islamization of America is slowly eroding that liberty.

“We are very happy. America has given us freedom of religion, but we do not want to destroy this country! Islam wants to destroy this country that’s the big difference between them and us,” said Narain Kataia, an Indian American.

The proposed mosque is slated to be built in the old Burlington Coat Factory building, just 600 feet from where the towers fell. Mosque supporters say their hope is to bring something good out of 9-11.

But for people like Lee Henson – who lost his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter that day – a mosque near Ground Zero is unacceptable.

“They were on United Airlines Flight 175,” Henson said. “My son called, he said, ‘Don’t worry Dad – it’ll be quick.’ I heard ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God’ – then I looked at the TV screen and saw the plane hit the tower.”

It is hoped that the people of New York City and the rest of America can prevent the building of a gigantic mosque at Ground Zero. This is hallowed ground for it is soaked with the blood of the victims of Radical Islamic terror. Building a mosque on ground containing Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddist and even Muslims’ blood is exactly what the the Radical Islamic terrorist want. It will be a giving Radical Islam a clear propaganda symbol of another victory over America at the expense of the victims and their families!

Remember, there is not a single Islamic country in the world where Christians, Jews and Non-Muslims are not discriminated against in some fashion. They are restricted in their religious worship, not allowed to build their own churches or temples, and even tortured or killed for their religion.

I believe that Americans have already showed enough tolerance and hospitality to Muslims who have moved to this country. They can have their Mosques, they can have their freedom and their rights like every other US citizen or resident alien, but they should not be able to build a ‘victory mosque’ so close to the hallowed burial ground of so many Americans.

We wouldn’t let someone build a US Calvery Memorial on the burial ground of ‘Native Americans’, then why would we allow a structure be built on the burial ground of so many Americans of different heritages, by people of the very religion that killed them.

The American people are starting to wake up to the dangers of Radical Islam in this country. Maybe it’s also time that some American political leaders develop backbones, shed their political correctness, and start to stand up to Radical Islam, and just say NO!

Let’s also hope that the American press develops backbones as well, and starts giving equal coverage to average Americans who, for the first times in their lives, are protesting against the idiotic actions of their federal, state and local govenments.

John Wallace