New York snapper Urban Infidel has posted some photos of the event also.
The Ground Zero mosque has become a front line against sharia intrusion into this country (which has experienced an uptick under President Obama, itâ€™s fair to say). The 9/11 attacks were one strike in the 1400-year war of Muslims against everyone else and the Ground Zero mosque is a continuation. Imam Rauf proved that he is not acting in good faith by his recent threat of Muslim violence if he didnâ€™t get his victory monument right where he wants it. Rep. Peter King made a similar point recently, that the imam is using the mosque as blackmail.
Meanwhile, President Obama supports the mosque and declared in his 9/11 speech that the United States in not at war with Islam, even though Islam is at war with us. Someone should tell him that weakness only encourages them.
Geert Wilders appeared at the SIOA event and gave a speech that was enthusiastically receivedâ€¦
You can read the text on Wildersâ€™ website:
NYC speech Geert Wilders
Dear friends, May I ask you to be silent for ten seconds? Just be silent and listen. Ten seconds. And listenâ€¦ What we hear are the sounds of life in the greatest city on earth.
No place in the world, no place in human history, is as richly varied and vibrant and dynamic as New York City. You hear the cars, you hear the people, you hear them rushing to their various destinations, you hear the sounds of business and of pleasure, you hear the cheers, you hear the cries, the buzzing sounds of human activity. And that is how it should be.
Always. Now close your eyes â€“ I know itâ€™s a beautiful day, but close your eyes. I have been told that this day nine years ago was just such a beautiful day â€” and remember, or try to remember, or try to imagine the sounds which were heard here on this spot under this same blue sky exactly nine years ago. The sound of shock, the sound of destruction, the sound of panic, the sound of pain, the sound of terror.
Did New York deserve this? Did America deserve this? Did the West deserve this? What, my friends, would you say to people who argue that New York, that America, that the West had itself to blame for those horrible sounds?
There are people in this city who argue this. And they are angry because we are gathered here today to commemorate, to make a stand, to draw the line. My friends, I have come from the other side of the Atlantic to share your grief for those who died here nine years ago. I have not forgotten how I felt that day. [. . .]
An overwhelming majority of Americans is opposed to building an Islamic cultural center close to Ground Zero. There is no lack of mosques in New York. There are dozens of buildings in which Muslims can pray. It isnâ€™t about a lack of space for prayers.
Itâ€™s about the symbolic meaning. We who have come to speak today, object to this mosque project because its promoter and his wealthy sponsors have never suggested building a center to promote tolerance and interfaith understanding where it is really needed: In Mecca â€“ a town where non-Muslims are not even allowed to enter, let alone build churches, synagogues, temples or community centers.
Ordinary Americans object to the mosque project because currently no fewer than ten major multi-million dollar mosque projects are being planned in the United States as well as dozens in Europe, while not a single church is allowed in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while Jews are not even allowed to move their lips in prayer on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, while the oldest Christians in the world, the Copts, are not free to renovate their churches, let alone to build one in Egypt.