Heading for the subway this morning I spotted this bumper sticker from NewsBusters.org prominently placed on the back window! What a refreshing bit of sanity here in the seat of Obama County, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Huge, massive turnout! Easily several thousand. People lined up doubled up along the sidewalk and across the street.
Peaceful demonstration with one minor disturbance from possible infiltrators, updates to follow.
Tuesday, June 8 - UPDATE: There is a report that a a crew of Coptic Egyptian Christian journalists who came to NYC to cover the event were mistaken for infiltrators and were shouted at. The police took care of the situation quickly. No violence of any kind reported. I am very sorry that the journalists were mistreated in any way. Details to follow.
Thursday, June 10 - UPDATE: The Coptic Christian journalists have a issued a statement clarifying what happened. It was a situation in which a misunderstanding was quickly resolved and they were able to freely join and interact with the other demonstrators without incident.
LET ME BE CLEAR. I don't care if a mosque is built in NYC. There are plenty. In fact, there's a huge mosque uptown on 97th Street where I grew up. We have freedom of religion here, thank God and the Constitution. But you have to ask yourself, why there? And why on the anniversary of the attacks? That is taking a step way over the line for a group that is so sensitive. The organizer of the mosque has also some very questionable ideas about the attacks.
VIDEO: Simon Deng, who was enslaved as a child by Arabs in his native land, Sudan, speaks about the first attack on the WTC orchestrated by the blind sheik, Omar Abdel-Rhahman.
The one and only Noni Darwish. Video below!
Al Jazeera was there.
Check out the great video below of Bev Carlson. She is dynamite!
The family members of the victims who brought photos of their loved ones were the most touching. I could feel their pain. It hasn't diminished in the years since the attacks.
I spoke to a woman whose son was on flight 175. She said that he called her several times from the plane during the hijacking to tell her what was happening. In the last call he knew he was going to die. He told her, "Don't worry. It will be quick." Then silence.
Must-see VIDEO: First responder with an emotional and vivid account of what it was like to be there on September 11, 2001.
UPDATE: July 1, 2010. According to the New York Daily News, MORE THAN HALF OF THE VOTERS IN NYC OPPOSE THE BUILDING OF THE MOSQUE NEAR GROUND ZERO.
UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!: August, 6, 2010 Great News! The Honorable Dutch MP, Geert Wilders will be speaking at the next demonstration against the Ground Zero mosque scheduled for Saturday, September 11th at 2 PM!
"Here are the names of union and non-union tradesman who refuse to work the site of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque. We feel we have been betrayed by our civic leaders and elected officials as they allow the Cordoba Initiative Group build their Mega-Mosque on top of the ashes of the 3,000 innocents who were slaughtered on 911."