The bases were loaded for the anti-Mosque protesters– they brought out a larger crowd than their Social Justice minded opponents and they had the advantage of being louder.
They still dropped the ball and lost the game. They struck out with obvious xenophobia, fouled with the attack on an innocent person of color, and now have their favorite bloggess of hate Pamela Geller banging her head against the wall. This might put a damper on her fascism-fest with Geert Wilders on 9/11.
Our friend and affiliate Daryle Lamont Jenkins of One People’s Project was there:
Three months ago, the neo-cons decided they needed to attack the Latino community with Arizona’s SB 1070 law.
Then they tried to attack African Americans by going after Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod by painting her as a racist.
They also went after the gay community by fighting to preserve the anti-same-sex marriage Prop. 8 in California.
Now they are turning up the heat on their anti-Arab/Muslim bigotry by trying to keep mosques and Islamic center from being built across the country, most notably Park 51, which is slated to break ground next year near the site of the World Trade Center in New York.
All of these attempts have been met with an opposition that has successfully blocked those efforts, but that is not stopping them from pushing the most shrill and divisisive rhetoric and actions into the mainstream.
That brings us to the Hate Islam rally that took place this Sunday in Lower Manhattan.
All this time the narrative has been that those opposed to Park 51 simply wants those building it to respect the sensitivities of the families of those killed in 9/11 and move the center.
You know, the same way that we were to respect the sensitivites of those who are victims of crime in the city. We saw what that got us: Blacks and Latinos demonized as criminals.
This time it is those who practice Islam are demonized as terrorists.
Well, if you thought that was sensitivity was the order of the day before this rally, you most certainly cannot say it afterwards, not with speakers who go so far as to disparage Muslims as not even participating in the Revolutionary War (they did), attendees going after a man walking through the crowd they just simply decided to call a Muslim (he wasn’t – as he told them several times), and – just to drive the point home – several people wearing Confederate Flag shirts, like the one in this picture second from the left holding a sign saying the “Mosqueraid is over”. Another one of these rallies takes place on Sept. 11, but after this one we’re not sure if anyone would want to be associated with this crowd of idiots.
Even Atlas Shrugs Pamela Geller disassociated herself from those idiots, and that’s saying something.
Despite a rather serious disagreement with her, we hope that she continues to do so and call these people out for the bigots they are. We will have video from this rally later in the week (the one that shows the crowd trying to attack the man they pretended to be Muslim is here after the jump), but for now here is our report.
One more thing to the neo-cons: What does it take for you to get that playing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” at things like this makes you look stupid?
Yes, folks, they did that crap again!
And then there is this really interesting video:
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!!!