The police made my job difficult by herding the demonstrators into tight pens, restricting movement on the sidewalks, and blocking most side streets from pedestrian traffic. I don't think many people have walked that day as much as I have, taking pictures in many different places, including the opposition rally next the City Hall. I also snapped pictures of "Islamophile" infiltrators and their signs. So this should be a very informative report.
To get it out faster, I will limit my comments to a minimum. But I have to make this statement:
On September 11, 2001, who could imagine in that nine years later New York would see a rally demanding to build a mosque at Ground Zero? We can imagine why Muslims would want to build a mosque there, but secular members of Socialist Party USA in Che shirts? Progressivism goes a long way and takes seemingly strange turns, but it always ends up doing what it's designed to do: tearing down the American form of government.
With the rise of Islamic terrorism, progressives have been trying to include Muslims on their roster of "oppressed minorities" whom they can claim to represent. They rely in their arguments on the constitutional freedom of religion, knowing full well that Islam is not just a religion: it is also a form of government, which is totalitarian in its nature and is therefore antithetic to the American form of government. Thus, promoting Islam in America amounts to undermining America's founding principles. Subsequently, all those who want to preserve America's founding principles automatically become Islamophobic "extremists." By the same token, all leftist radicals - even if they know nothing about Islam - automatically become Islamophiles, which somehow makes them mainstream. And that is the Current Truth™.
By now everyone has seen and heard Pamela Geller defending her opposition to the Ground Zero mosque on TV and in radio interviews. But very few know the man behind the sudden surge of progressive Islamophilia at Ground Zero. The man who organized the 9-11 March of Islamophiles at Ground Zero is also the man behind the massive anti-Bush and anti-war protest rallies in the wake of 9-11 attacks. Those events were staged by professional groups, most of which had been created by him specifically for this purpose (ANSWER Coalition, etc.). He is also the man behind populating the Internet with numerous activist websites, creating the impression of a massive popular movement, which in reality is only a small, tight-knit group of fringe radicals.
Meet Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General during the LBJ administration. This modest, unsung hero of the struggle to dismantle America's foundations doesn't make media appearances; in his line of work, shooting from the shadows is more efficient. But he did speak at the pro-mosque rally. The media described him as a guest speaker; his title of Attorney General adds credibility to the cause, doesn't it? But it wasn't in the interest of progress to inform the public that the event itself was Ramsey Clark's brainchild - and so were the hundreds of pre-printed signs distributed to the participants. If people knew that he is the one-man orchestra behind the terrible noise that has been deafening America for the last several years, it might render the whole operation less effective.
"People's Organization for Progress" (see yellow shirts) sounds like a very generic name for another ephemeral front group. Ramsey Clark has created so many of them, he must be running out of good ideas. May we suggest our own People's Group Name Generator?
I missed the 9-11 March of Islamophiles, which the media said was more numerous than it is shown here. Their rally at the park had only a couple of hundred people.
Standing on a bed of a yellow truck, the speakers chanted the usual communist slogans.
"Billionaires FUND Racism?" George Soros, call your broker!
Notice "We support People's Attorney Lynne Stewart." How very mainstream of them.
Look up her name and be surprised. Or not.
Notice the shirt Nueva York con la Revolucion Bolivariana which loosely translates into "New York stands with the Bolivarian Revolution." Revolucion Bolivariana is what Hugo Chavez calls his Marxist dictatorship in Venezuela. I saw many such shirts around, whose owners distributed flyers and newspapers with these words in the masthead, promoting a hostile foreign tyranny.
And now, without further interruptions, let's go to the Stop Islamization of America rally that was attended by many thousands. Unlike the "mainstream" people above, these are dangerous radical extremists.
The media reported that there were two "dueling rallies," roughly similar in numbers. They should know - here is the documented evidence of massive mainstream media concentration at the anti-mosque rally.
This young woman's sign was my favorite.
This man's shirt features a poster design I once made on El Marko's suggestion.
This shot was so good, I had to break it into several smaller fragments.
A New Yorker observes a Muslim agitator on Church Street near Ground Zero on 9-11. Is that Islamophobia I detect in his face - or Islamophilia? Please help me identify the expression.
More Islamophobic facial expressions.
Another racist islamophobic bigot.
RT - the English-language Russian TV network was also there, dressed to reinforce the stereotype that all Russians are either drunks or ballerinas. Or both.
Lots of camerapersons with diverse media organs were on the lookout for signs of trouble, rushing to any such spot like a flock of piranhas at the smell of blood. In this case a protester, insulted by a display of obnoxious progressivism, tried to pull one such sign of trouble out of the hands of a condescending Islamophile.
The police immediately broke them apart, as shown on this New York Post cover:
The cause of excitement were these two young Islamophiles, who showed up to make a point that the anti-mosque people are too stupid to know where to look. (One of them appears on the Post cover).
The anti-mosque protesters should have known better what territory they were entering with their tea bags. For all patriotic out-of-towners that day, New York subway cars were clearly marked with warning signs - WARNING: ENTERING B.O. ZONE. Whether it applied to Barack Obama or Body Odor I wasn't sure, but I considered myself warned.
And if you're not careful while entering, B.O. Zone will enter YOU. You know, people normally pay money for the pleasure of hugging a sweaty, gray-haired guy with a beard, but today he was giving a promotion. Free hugs came bundled with free Mumia, free Palestine, and free government healthcare.
More Islamophiles crash the protest with their classy signs, especially the one in the front. If you can't read what it says, send me an email and I'll provide a hi-rez copy. Why didn't the Post put that on its cover?
"Take that, stupid Islamophobes! We are better than you!"
The Truthers in their black uniforms were visible on every corner. Like penguins in the Oscar-winning documentary, they are driven from distant places to their birthplace in lower Manhattan, where they convene every September to hatch conspiracy theories.
"We have no idea what Sharia is, and that fills us with smugness and gives us the moral right to give you directions."
"Being enlightened Islamophiles is so much cooler than being bigoted Islamophobes!"
Socialist Party USA crawls out of the fringes to rejoice in orgiastic Islamophilia.
The girl in Che shirt kept screaming in front of an open door to the Irish pub until the angry owner came out and told her to "Get the F@#! away from my bar." They relocated to the nearest corner, where she continued screaming and glaring at the class-enemy passers-by.
You had been warned!
BELOW ARE VARIOUS RANDOM SCENES FROM THE 9-11 RALLY AND VICINITIES
These twins were probably too young in 2001 to remember where they were when the other twins fell.
Are you an Islamophobe?
Is he an Islamophile or Islamophobe?
A racist, Islamophobic van.
Ground Zero on September 11, 2010.
Why don't you invite me as a guest speaker to talk about the Che-Mohammed connection? I have been lecturing on it for two years, and charge a moderate speaking fee.
Red, thanks so much for your reporting and excellent photos. No where, no where, was this reported to this extent. I looked all during the weekend, from Friday until today, with a strange sense of dread that something awful and violent was going to happen there at ground zero - but the news was all about the NFL opener and Obama's new stimulus. Nothing like this. Thanks very much.
Raum Emmanual Goldstein
"On September 11, 2001, who could imagine in that nine years later New York would see a rally demanding to build a mosque at Ground Zero? We can imagine why Muslims would want to build a mosque there, but secular members of Socialist Party USA in Che shirts? Progressivism goes a long way and takes seemingly strange turns, but it always ends up doing what it's designed to do: tearing down the American form of government."
Which brings us to a more Progressive euphamism for our dictionaries:
"The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism and all in submission to Allah and His Prophet."
Why are there so FEW American flags with the Progressives, and so MANY with the Anti-Mosque crowd? Have they already burned them, and are waiting for replacements?
I think the real Islamophobia on display this last week was all the hyperventilating that went on over some crackpot's plan to burn the Koran.
The Islamists have successfully inculcated a widespread fear of offending them, while they continue to offend us with impunity. I think a little tit-for-tat would go a long way to show them our courage and resolve. I suspect they might even develop a new found, albeit grudging respect for us... And if they don't, screw 'em.
Here is the list of organizations in the coalition behind the pro-mosque rally:
- Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
- International Socialist Organization
- Movement for a Democratic Society
- World Can’t Wait
- International Jewish Anti-Zionist Newtork
- Labor for Palestine
- New York City Labor Against the War
- American Muslims for Palestine
- Delaware Valley Veterans for America
- Socialist Party of New York City
- International Action Center
- Peace Action New York State
- Peace Action Staten Island
- Iraq Veterans Against the War
Get the picture?
This 7ft x 14ft painting (see report above) was made and brought to New York by a Chicago artist Marc Rubin. We had a nice chat as he was holding it at the corner of Broadway and Park Row that day. He later found this thread and emailed me to thank me for posting this picture of his work. He has a website and made a flash video of his display on that day - http://web.iwebcenters.com/marcrubingal ... -music.swf
It's also very telling when they rail against not building a "hamosque" and never defend the right of the Christian Church, originally in the area, to rebuild. It must be hard to be a liberal and always be on the wrong side of any and every issue.
Great photo work, boss.
I scarcely need remind you islam is the religion of peace.
There is nothing more peaceful than the headless dead body of an infidel.
Decapitation by sword is preferred, but we can't stand on tradition.
Ironically, they often see Buddhism as being kewl and hip (a religion that places the law of causality as it's higher power), and yet don't understand what kind of cause they are making by aligning themselves with those who believe that gay men ought to be snuffed out, women are 1/2 the value of men, and stoning a woman to death, chopping off hands and feet for various crimes. In Buddhism, to be good to an evil person, is as evil as being bad to a good person - sorry for the religious interjection here, but I hope it lends perspective to the thread.
Red SquareI wonder if Che Guevara were proven to be a prophet, would it be a crime punishable by death, to put his images on shirts, fliers, and posters?
Are you perhaps a tad worried about your lucrative business, Boss? LOL
In truth, you would be put to death for your creativity, and exercising your still, as far as I know, constitutional rights.