Latest Press Release from : 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims
The Rally is not the problem, the mosque is.....
"9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims"
Recently a 9/11 family group called for suppression of the September 11th rally near Ground Zero which opposes the construction of a mosque and cultural center near the sacred ground. Many 9/11 families do not agree with attempting to stop this demonstration - and the majority of our group supports the purpose and principles of this rally.
We have been informed that this demonstration will in no way interfere with the Anniversary Commemoration - instead it will be held at the site of the proposed mosque building at Park Place - after the conclusion of the 9/11 ceremony. Numerous family members, including many from out of state, have made arrangements to attend this important gathering.
While we respect the rights and opinions of others, we feel that no one should attempt to inhibit the expression of free speech for the large number of 9/11 family members who wish to participate in opposing the construction of this mosque and cultural center. This project represents a gross lack of sensitivity to the 9/11 families and disrespects the memory of all those who were murdered at the WTC both in 1993 and 2001.
We affirm that the 9/11 Anniversary is a very special and precious commemoration for all of us. However, we feel that by attending and participating in this rally, families can endeavor to ensure that the sacred ground will continue to be respected for posterity.
Many of our family members feel that they have a moral obligation to their loved ones to raise their voices as the world looks upon us and sees our plight.
For many family members, the looming, unresolved mosque controversy has made the upcoming September 11th Anniversary even more upsetting and troubling. There can be no peace and reflection for the 9/11 families who strongly feel that this proposed mosque is disrespectful and insensitive. On 9/11, as the world is focusing on Ground Zero, families want to be able to raise their voices and say to the world that this is wrong.
While it is possible for some to seek peace and reflection on 9/11 - for others it is better to actively seek justice and honor the legacy of their loved ones by publicly challenging this building whose location so affronts the sensitivity of large numbers of victims' families. While we may all wish for peace and tranquility - if there is no justice for the victims and their families- there will be no peace for any of us.
No one is being forced to attend this rally, but all family members should have the right to choose whatever they wish to do. On this most poignant day, relatives and friends of the victims have the right to join together with other 9/11 family members who want their voices to be heard in honor of their lost loved ones.
Chief Jim Riches, Chairperson 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims
Sally Regenhard, Vice Chair
Chief Al Santora
Robert Da Ros
Rosa P. Leonetti
UPDATE: More 911 family members have added their names to the list;
Maxine Lovero McCormack
Update: More families come out in support .............
Mary Ann Marino
A message from Pamela and Robert:
We are grateful that a wide spectrum of 9/11 families have declared their unequivocal support for our September 11 Rally of Remembrance honoring the victims of 9/11 and ensuring that their memories will not be desecrated by the construction of an Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero.
We are aware that some 9/11 families, while declaring their opposition to the mega-mosque, have asked us to move the date from September 11 because they feel that our rally will be “disrespectful.” As they must know, we did not choose the date of the rally to be “disrespectful” for those who were murdered on September 11, 2001. In fact, we did not choose it at all. The date was chosen for us when Daisy Khan announced that the Islamic supremacists plan to break ground for their mosque on September 11, 2011. (She denies this now, contradicting her own words.)
They are trying to co-opt the date of September 11 for their own nefarious purposes. We are not willing to let them succeed in that attempt. In a certain sense, we are all 9/11 family members: as a nation, we all suffered grievous harm on September 11, 2001. As Americans, we want to reclaim September 11 as a day of mourning -- and as a day of national resolve and remembrance to stand up to the inhuman ideology that slaughtered 3,000 precious souls on September 11, 2001.
As such, we are beginning the rally after the conclusion of the memorial services, and we are starting with a solemn memorial of our own, featuring a minister and rabbi offering prayers for the 9/11 families and for the nation. Only in that context are we going to speak about the Ground Zero mega-mosque at all.
By so doing we are going to do our part to reclaim 9/11 for patriots. Those who don’t have special press credentials or status as a 9/11 family member have been subjected every September 11 to the 9/11 truthers, the America-haters, the conspiracy mongers, trinket hawkers, and those openly crowing about America’s defeat on that day. Ground Zero turns into a desecration of the memories of the fallen. The 9/11 families, inside their secure area, may have experienced the day as a time of mourning in an atmosphere of sanctity. But outside that area, 9/11 has been claimed every year by enemies of our nation. Consequently, the idea of gathering tens of thousands of patriots at Ground Zero, to stand reverently and respectfully for American values, honors the memory of those who died on September 11, 2001 simply because they were Americans.
The patriots at Ground Zero, praying for the victims’ families and for America, have been asked out of respect not to bring signs, but only American flags. The rally is a one of remembrance, dedicated to honoring the memory of those who were murdered, and making sure their memory is not desecrated by this mosque. How does such a spectacle in any way dishonor the victims of the 9/11 attacks?
We have received scores of emails from 9/11 family members, urging us not to change the date, but to keep it where it was.
Despite this faction’s stated opposition to the mega-mosque at Ground Zero, no one will be more pleased by their statement against our rally than Ibrahim Hooper of the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations, Muslim Brotherhood groups such as MSA, ISNA, and ICNA, the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Daisy Khan, and Sharif El-Gamal.
Thousands of patriots praying with flags, weeping, at Ground Zero on September 11, instead of a gang of 9/11 Truthers and thugs. They’re not coming to agitate. They’re coming to pay their respects. Given the declarations of Daisy Khan about September 11, 2011 and the carnival atmosphere of every September 11 in the past few years, we cannot and will not move the date. It is necessary for Americans to reclaim that date.
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