9/11 Groups Split On Mosque Rallies On Anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — Both supporters and opponents of a proposed Islamic cultural center should stand against rallies planned for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, groups representing some relatives of attack victims said Thursday.

Protests on that day would be “disrespectful to all who see 9/11 as a day outside of politics, when we desire to remain united in honoring the lives and the courage of our many friends and loved ones,” the groups said in letters sent to developers of the Islamic center and to those planning to protest it.

The messages were signed by representatives of the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, the September 11th Families Association, MyGoodDeed and others.

Two rallies are planned for the day: one against the center and one against anti-Islamic bigotry. Organizers of both say they will be respectful.

Another family group, 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims, responded with a letter in support of the anti-mosque rally and its planners’ First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly.

“By attending and participating in this rally, families can endeavor to ensure that the sacred ground will continue to be respected for posterity,” the letter said.

Park51, a proposed cultural center two blocks from ground zero that would include a mosque, auditorium and other facilities, is not sponsoring any protests. A spokesman for the project did not comment on the protests or the letters.

Protesters at the rally against the mosque will carry flags instead of signs and won’t chant, said Pamela Geller, the executive director of the group Stop Islamization of America and organizer of the protest.

“It is a rally of remembrance,” she said, adding that organizers had carefully weighed the concerns but believed most family members wished the group to go forward.

Gavrielle Gemma, an organizer for the anti-bigotry rally, said the ad-hoc group’s protest was being held on Sept. 11 only because Geller’s rally was scheduled for that date.

“We definitely plan to be respectful of the day. But are we going to be silent? No,” she said. “We cannot let people in this country be scapegoated because of their religion, their national origin, or their race.”

David Paine, president of MyGoodDeed, which helps organize the annual National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, called on all the groups to simply stand down.

“One demonstration begets another, which begets another,” he said. “Next thing you know it’ll be the National Day of Service, Remembrance and Protest. We don’t want that.”

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  1. Sergeant Friday says:

    I have found the site that all morons of the world meet at, welcome!

  2. Nemesis_xyz says:

    Write to the AUASS (The Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences) to terraform a Moon for you. Do it now…before 2012.

  3. Nemesis_xyz says:

    The Muslims can build a mosque on every Moon in the Solar System. So that will be a total of 170 mosques. Sell them spacecraft, sell them spacesuits. If they don’t buy that, then sell them contraception, or lace their food with it, because they can’t continue to breed at the rate they do and cling to their Jihadist ways. Evolve or die out.

  4. JOHN WAYNE says:

    IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALLOW A MOSQUE TO BE BUILT ANYWHERE NEAR GROUND ZERO OF THAT FATEFUL DAY, THEN WE HAVE NO REGARD FOR THOSE THOUSANDS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES. WE HAVE NO REGARD FOR THE SUBSEQUENT LIVES THAT HAVE BEEN LOST FIGHTING AGAINST THOSE THAT PERPETRATED THE HEINOUS ACTS OF 9/11/01. THAT WE DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE GOD JEHOVAH, THE CREATOR AND SUSTAINER OF ALL THINGS, THE ONE WHO BLESSED THIS COUNTRY, MAKING IT THE GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD. WE MUST TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE ONSLAUGHT OF THE MUSLIM RELIGION WHOSE BELIEF IS THAT IT IS OKAY TO LIE, CHEAT, STEAL AND YES, EVEN KILL TO FURTHER THEIR CAUSE TO BRING ALL THE WORLD INTO THEIR MISLED, HELL BOUND RELIGION. I FOR ONE WOULD JOIN WITH ANY AND ALL OF YOU TO STOP THIS ATROCIOUS UNDERTAKING BECAUSE I LOVE GOD JEHOVAH, THIS NATION AND I LOVE YOU IN THE NAME OF CHRIST JESUS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  5. Wilson says:

    This is why America is on the decline. So much hatred within its citizens. So sad what this country has become. Everyone hates us and I can’t blame them.

  6. FLORENCE CHIA says:

    I FEEL SAD THAT CHRISTAINS , AMERICANS(WHITE) AND EUROPEAN ARE NOT UNITED. THE MUSLIM ARE VERY UNITED THEY ARE WILLING TO DIE FOR THEIR RELIGION AND FELLOW MUSLIM. THE DECLINE OF CHRISTAINITY IS CERTAINLY CAUSED BY THE AMERICANS(WHITE) AND EUROPEAN SINCE THEY DO NOT SIDE WITH THEIR OWN PEOPLE BUT WITH MUSLIM!

    1. Just axin' says:

      Chia Pest,
      Is stupid your first language, or…?

  7. John Pirtle says:

    The trouble with 911 “rememberance” is how can we remember what was never investigated. What exactly are we “remembering”? How can we “rember” what Bush said about it to the 911 Commission. We can’t “remember:” it because his testimony was SECRET, UNSWORN, UNRECORDED, and NOT TRANSCRIBED!!!!

    We americans are cowards. We don’t even have the guts to investigate this crime.

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