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September 11, 2010 by USA Post
“Not all Muslims are extremists,” he says, while about half block from the controversial Islamic Center, located two and a half blocks from the World Trade Center site. “But, all Muslims are extremists.”
A few hours later, Matt Sky comes with a sign saying, “Honor the Fallen, 11/9/1910 Freedom Honor.”
“We need a real dialogue,” says Sky who lives in Manhattan and supports the right of the Islamic community to build the mosque. “We must think about this game screams.”
Doughergy and Sky were in the vanguard of the scores of demonstrators converge on Lower Manhattan on Saturday afternoon the anniversary of 9 / 11 attack on the World Trade Center towers. The official commemoration took place in the morning.
An anti-mosque group, the Freedom Defense Initiative and the controversial group Stop Islamisation of America, scheduled for later in the afternoon to demonstrate.
On Friday, New York neighbors to American values, a broad coalition welcomed the Islamic center, held a candlelight vigil near the proposed mosque in freedom of religion.
As protesters arrived they found a heavy police presence. The NYPD has sealed off the entire block where the proposed mosque will be located. Mounted police, crowd control experts, were in the neighborhood. A crane-like structure was created to a bird-eye view of the crowd, police and the media was moved behind the barricades.
By mid-morning a small number of protesters had gathered, including Lance Corey, who wore a sign: “Christ turned the other cheek, Muhammad never did, he was beheaded instead.”
Mr Corey, a retired history teacher in high school, said he had come to the protests because of the pain he still feels over the loss of his 25-year-old nephew, Todd Ouida, who died in the 9 / 11 attack. As he talks to reporters, people take pictures of his character.
However, Mr. Corey is an example of how the issue about the mosque even parts families. His brother, the father of the late Mr. Ouida has gone on television to support the Islamic community center. “It’s breaking my heart,” says Corey Lance.
Some 9 / 11 families asked demonstrators not to show on the day of remembrance. But according to the anti-mosque protesters, many families asked for the rally to continue.
“In all conscience, I can not postpone the rally,” wrote Pamela Geller, director of the Stop Islamisation group in a press release.
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