Last night thousands of New Yorkers gathered in downtown Manhatten to express their solidarity with the Isamic community’s  RIGHT to build a cultural centre in the vicinity of ‘Ground Zero’.

Representatives of every ethnic and religious group were in attendance as can be seen in the following photos….

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

















  1. September 11, 2010 at 18:02

    It is beautiful to see all of these people, from all different backgrounds and faiths, gathered together in defense of the rights of their brothers in faith. Whether we agree with another faith group or not is absolutely irrelevant – Islam – as practiced by those who genuinely follow the Qur’an and, like Christians, do not use the scriptures as an excuse to go to war – is founded on peace. In the United States there is a simple, straightforward statement in the Constitution that protects the right of all to practice the religion of their choice, regardless of whether or not it is Christian. It makes no difference and, quite frankly, it is a violation of the law for the government to even question this issue – if the building in question meets the local codes (which Park 51 does) then it is permitted to be built, protected by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

    No business is afforded similar protection as far as their right to exist goes, only houses of worship and places associated with religious organizations. That was the intent of the ‘Founding Fathers’ and, quite frankly, if you don’t like it … leave America (I’m not an American, but I’ve studied the Constitution … and love the irony of right-wingers turning themselves inside out when there are things that they can’t wrap their heads around … but guns – those they’ll take [fine – join a militia – that’s what the amendment says, if you take the time to read it]).

    Ignorance is bliss, alas, bliss seems to be something that many Americans actively pursue these days.

    Wie viel ist Aufzuleiden!

  2. dogismyth said,

    September 11, 2010 at 18:23

    oh gawd. Listen, how many years must we grieve the deaths of the 9-11 victims? They are gone….long gone. I hardly know any of them besides what I read.

    What about the 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqis, Afghanis and Pakistanis that have died because of the 9-11 lie. And they are still dying at this very moment. Their countries are in ruin. Many millions more are displaced from their homes. Our bankrupt country along with record numbers of americans on govt handouts still finds trillions of $$s to spend on occupying countries on behalf of corporate interests.

    Its all very selfish and contrived these so-called anniversaries. How come there isn’t a similar commemoration for the Oklahoma event? How come victims were paid off handsomely for the 9-11 event. Its simply hush money…nothing more. Ask any victims family about the documents they were required to sign to receive “compensation”. Why didn’t these families sue the countries at fault? Could it be that it would be more apparent that Saudi Arabia might come into the spotlight?

    Like I said…its all a farce. And now with the mosque issue and the idiot down in Florida who wants to burn the Quran, we are mocked in broad daylight by those in power. We (not me!) can’t see past our noses.

    Its all about money. It always has been and always will be. Otherwise, every family member of a victim would be coming forward to demand a re-investigation of 9-11. Certainly with the evidence at hand at this point in time, who can deny that the world was fed lies about 9-11. Those that deny it are those that benefit from the catastrophe in other ways.

    The 9-11 anniversary ought to be something a lot different. It ought to represent the vital change needed to end war, corruption, deceit and fraud within the USA government. it ought to be a springboard for activists that want an independent investigation that has subpoena power. Where is the DOJ in all of this? What has been their progress since the event? Oh yeah, they are busy suing Arizona for its new immigration laws…since the fed govt cannot and will not PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    I’m not going to lower my head today for the 9-11 victims. I have paid my respects once. I am living in the present and I see much more killing and destruction throughout the world that is 1000-fold more damaging than 9-11. When will that get front and center?

  3. September 11, 2010 at 18:58

    I never heard the german expression “aufzuleiden” before. If I were an american citizen and the building of a islamic house of worship/community center came to a vote I would vote against it. I would also vote against any house of worship/community center. I would agree to a building of a Community Center bringing together all the people in the city of New York. Only then people of all beliefs can get together and become friends and can “aufleben”. Maybe they could get together in one of their large halls and examine their holy scriptures & tear out all the pages that are not acceptable and make a large bonfire of them.

  4. September 11, 2010 at 22:45

    […] On this day, I want to reaffirm what it means to be American, about the meaning of American. And when I reaffirm that, I go back to the two documents that make’s us all Americans, whether you’re Asian, Black, Latino, or White, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, or whatever. Those two documents are the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. It’s the ideas embodied in those two documents that makes us who we are. Last night, on the streets of New York City, thousands of people gathered on the eve of the anniversary of 911 to reaffirm what it means to be American, to remember our rights as citizens. And it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Period. You can see some of the photos here. Photo Essay: Thousands Gather on Eve of 9/11 in Support of “Ground Zero” Mosque […]

  5. dogismyth said,

    September 12, 2010 at 05:14

    “rights as citizens”.

    No offense my dear sir, but I do not choose to be a “citizen” nor do I support a blind patriotism to any document. I am a human being with unalienable rights. Perhaps you should research the word “citizen” both historical and in the legal context. I think you would choose otherwise.


    September 12, 2010 at 09:49

    Dogismyth is almost universally correct and he is here. Some people like being good little NAZI bastards, Dogismyth, and if you need more evidence of it, look at the Tea Bag bozo’s. They are the future of fascism in this country, toting the obscene thing known as the U.S. Flag (false one at that, it should be blue with a six pointed star on it’s white background now) and wrapping that around the pathetic talking snake BIBLE crap.

    I used to think; “oh, let these religious nut cases go” but not anymore. Between them and their theocratic craziness, and the unmitigated out of control zionist jewry destroying the U.S. from the inside, I don’t know what’s worse, a bunch of goose stepping Glenn Beck morons or a bunch of bible thumpers and zionist jews in charge of everything.

    The term ‘citizen’ in Amerika now is the same as it was in Nazi Germany about 1939-1940’ish or so, and the country edges ever so much closer to a ‘civil war’ because 25 percent of the nation thinks it has the right to demand the other 75 percent of us lick their goddamned boots and roll around on the floor mumbling in tongues, and Hitler saluting an Israeli flag while we’re doing that.

    I don’t know how we talk reason to these assholes, Dogismyth. I mean, they’re hell bent for leather to turn this into a bigger ‘verr arr yorr papeers’ shithole by the microsecond under the; “if you aren’t a TERR’IST you have nothing to fear from the warrantless wiretapping and surveillance..” b.s. line of crap.

    In my neck of the woods, we’ve had cops summarily ‘execute’ two innocent people, one of them shot from across the street allegedly for having a gun on the seat of his car, and the other shot while carrying a spatula across the street in the downtown area of the city. In neither case was the cop indicted for murder, when, in fact, that’s exactly what their actions constituted.

    25 percent of the population demands the rest of us live in a theocratic dictatorship. Last time I checked, this was far from fair nor right.

    Seems that’s exactly how it’s going now. Shut up. Put up with the dictatorship and the incessant warrantless wiretapping and e-mail monitoring, and just keep your 9/11 truth shit to YOURSELF.

    that’s what we have become. A nation where 75 percent acquiesce and bend over backwards to be told what to do by a solid 25 percent religious zealots and right wing dictatorship loving nut cases.

    At some point, it has to blow the hell up in our faces. This situation cannot remain stalemated forever. It’s going to come to a head.

  7. September 13, 2010 at 08:02

    […] THOUSANDS GATHER IN NEW YORK ON EVE OF 9/11 IN SUPPORT OF ‘GROUND ZERO MOSQUE’ Last night thousands of New Yorkers gathered in downtown Manhatten to express their solidarity with the Isamic community’s RIGHT to build a cultural centre in the vicinity of ‘Ground Zero’. […]

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