Thousands Attend SIOA Rally Against Islamic Supremacist Mosque at Ground Zero

Jun 08, 2010, 09:39 ET from Stop the Islamization of America

NEW YORK, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The human rights group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) hosted a wildly successful rally in lower Manhattan on June 6, to protest the planned construction by Islamic supremacists of a large mosque overlooking Ground Zero. Crowd size estimates ranged from 5,000 to 10,000.



SIOA is one of America's foremost organizations defending human rights, religious liberty, and the freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to bring elements of Sharia to the United States.

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The SIOA No 9/11 Mosque Rally was at the corner of Church and Liberty Streets, near Ground Zero. Supporting groups included the Freedom Defense Initiative; ACT for America (ACT Manhattan chapter); Z Street; SIOE; No Mosque at Ground Zero; Staten Island Tea Party; American Bulldogs; VAST; the Center for Security Policy; Shalom International; the Unity Coalition for Israel; 911 Families; Indian American Intellectuals Forum; Veterans Against Jihad (VAJ); and Faith Freedom International.

Speakers included:

Pamela Geller, Executive Director, SIOA

Robert Spencer, Associate Director, SIOA

C. Lee Hanson, who lost his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter on 9/11

Anders Gravers of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE)

Simon Deng, the Sudanese ex-slave and campaigner for human rights for Sudanese Christians

Richard Connerney, a philosophy professor at Pace University

James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force

Nonie Darwish, ex-Muslim and author of Now They Call Me Infidel and Cruel and Usual Punishment, about Sharia

Jay Townsend, who is running against Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate; he has been endorsed by the New York Conservative Party and is on the GOP Ballot

Nelly Braginskaya, 9/11 Family Member who lost her son

Dr. Babu Suseelan, Hindu leader and human rights activist

Beverly Carlson, Founder of The Band of Mothers

Larry Savinkin, father of Vladimir Savinkin, 21. President of September 11 Family Group, uniting 9/11 families from Russian-American community.

Dan Maloney, NY Director of Gathering of Eagles and Congressional candidate, NY Dist. 4

Herbert London, Hudson Institute 

Alan T. DeVona, the PAPD WTC 9/11/01 Patrol Sergeant at the time of the Terrorist Attack

Germano Riviera, who recovered remains on 9/11

Dennis McKenna, who also recovered remains on 9/11

Vincent Forras, Senate candidate in Connecticut

Nabil Asaad and Dr. Esmat Zaklama, Coptic Christian human rights activists

Pamela Hall, SIOA-NY, human rights activist

Keith LeBow, an ironworker and first responder on 9/11

Hosting the event were SIOA executive director Pamela Geller, the popular blogger and columnist who publishes the acclaimed blog, and SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of Geller is the author (with Spencer) of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (Foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), coming July 27 from Simon & Schuster.

Rally participants came from as far away as Washington state, California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Florida, and elsewhere. They included Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists, and Muslims of conscience.

The theme among all the speakers was common: the mosque is an insult to the Americans who were murdered there. It is a manifestation of a radically intolerant belief system that is incompatible with the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Geller and Spencer announced that they would be hosting another rally against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque in September, and again when construction begins on the mega-mosque. They also announced today that they would be filing suit against the Federal Government, asking that the Burlington Coat Factory site where the mega-mosque is going to be built be designated a war memorial, a la Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg, etc., because of the part of one of the 9/11 airplanes that crashed into the roof there, and that is in the smaller mosque that Muslims are using there now.

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