Saturday, September 11, 2010
Man Burns Koran Pages Near Pamela Geller SIOA Ground Zero Mosque Protest Another Man Carrying a Koran Toting a Sign Declaring, "Quran toilet paper."
NY Post...Some in the emotional, highly charged 9/11 Mosque protest crowd milling around him shouted down the mystery man, who said little as police escorted him to safety a few blocks away. The man refused to identify himself.
"The message is more important than the name," was all he would say. The fiery political statement recalled the condemnations of Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who for days said he planned to burn the Koran on 9/11 but today recanted that.
The mystery man’s actions brought only more confusion and angry passion to the protests consuming the area near the site of a proposed Islamic center just blocks from Ground Zero proper.
But on the southwest corner of Church and Park, Pamela Geller and her SIOA anti-mosque demonstrators behind metal barriers have already gathered for their rally, at about 1:15 PM.
At midday, most of Church Street had turned into a pedestrian mall, with people spilling out into the street at some points, though traffic still seems to be able to move. One anti-mosque man is shouting at the top of his lungs, carrying a copy of the Koran, and holding pages torn from it, toting a sign declaring: "Quran toilet paper."
A retired firefighter lieutenant from Brooklyn’s Engine 226 angrily flipped the bird to a pro-mosque demonstrator wearing a Mao cap. He was there on 9/11, in the North Tower, he said. "I don’t care if they build a mosque, but I don’t want to hear their Islamic prayers wafting over the grave site," he fumed.
Some of the would-be protesters mistakenly fell for stereotypes. On Church Street, Kamal, a dark-skinned Muslim born in Guyana and now living in Queens, drew jeers and cat-calls for his clothing: an all-white long robe and white skull cap. "Islam is a religion of hate," screamed one woman at him, more from the NY Post.
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