The notion that the owners of the Park 51 mosque site should be "sensitive" to the feelings of those who lost loved ones on 9-11 has been dealt a bit of blow by the person who did the most to bring this mosque to public attention.
The families of some of those who lost relatives on 9-11 have said that September 11th this year is the wrong day to hold a protest against the mosque.Pamela Geller has given her answer to the people whose feelings she is supposedly working to protect.
The ninth anniversary of 9/11 is the wrong day to hold rallies about the planned mosque and community center near Ground Zero, say relatives of the New Yorkers who died in the World Trade Center.
The group Stop Islamization of America is planning a massive rally near Ground Zero for the afternoon of Sept. 11, and those who support the project plan to hold a counter-protest.
“On this one day, we’re hopeful there don’t have to be rallies and protests, that we leave that day to remembrance and service in memory of those who perished,” said Jay Winuk, whose brother, Glenn Winuk, 40, a volunteer firefighter, was killed in the attacks.
“Whether you’re pro or con on the mosque issue, that’s not what this is about," said Winuk, who declined to give his position. "This isn’t an appropriate day to do a protest of this sort.”
Pamela Geller, executive director of Stop Islamization of America, said in a statement that her protest would go forward as planned.
"The rally is one of remembrance, dedicated to honoring the memory of those who were murdered, and making sure their memory is not desecrated by this mosque,” Geller said. “How does such a spectacle in any way dishonor the victims of the 9/11 attacks?"She's telling the families of the bereaved to, "Get lost". That'll be an example of this "sensitivity" which opponents of the mosque keep calling for.
She's not even being asked - as the owners of the Park 51 mosque site are - to move her protest permanently somewhere else, she is merely being asked not to hold it on that particular day.
But even that is too much to ask of Geller.
Geller claims that she is not anti-Islamic, but to hear her claim that, "it is an Islamic pattern to build triumphal mosques on cherished sites of conquered lands", gives away her mindset. She's a nut case.
And that's not simply my opinion. Her own words and actions confirm that.
In addition to her anti-Islam stance, Geller has also lent her support to a number of other political causes. She has been a strong defender of former Serbian president Slobodan Milošević, and has denied the existence of Serbian concentration camps in the 1990s. She has also claimed that black South Africans are launching a "genocide" against whites and expressed support for the English Defence League.That's quite a track record.
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