I was dressing for the gym when my phone rang. "Turn on the TV." And so I did. I watched in horror as the second plane hit. Paralyzed, I watched New York's beloved twin icons, symbols of unparalleled capitalist greatness, disintegrate into ash and blood. From the dock (where I could see lower Manhattan burning), my world disintegrated, too. Everything I believed in, everything I took for granted was shattered. Freedom was not free.
The infrastructure of my thinking, the basic premise of my very existence, lavish freedom, disintegrated with the Islamic attack on America, ten years ago today.
I always assumed my freedom. It was the air I breathed. I never questioned its permanence. "It's a free country" was my mantra as a child. And it was. I could do anything, be anything, say anything. Everything was possible. That forever changed. And for the first time the unthinkable dawned on me: perhaps America was not forever. This had never crossed my mind, ever, in the four decades of my life.
Everything changed. The American idea and all that that meant was under mortal threat from a brutal and oppressive ideology that hated everything we stood for and held dear -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
America, America, worth fighting for, worth dying for. I felt guilty that I didn't know who had attacked my country. And when I found out, I felt guilty that I didn't know why they attacked my country, my identity, my family. I spent the ensuing years studying Islam, Ibn Warraq, Bat Ye'or, Robert Spencer, etc. The media was absent on jihad and increasingly I found myself on the net ......... the rest is history.
Ten years after the worst attack ever on the United States of America, join us as 911 family members, first responders, clergy, voices of freedom, patriots and freedom lovers from across the country and across the world pay our respects in a loving and fitting tribute, uncensored and true. The whitewash desecrates the memory of our war dead. Stand for truth. Stand for freedom. Stand with us.
Never forget. Join us as we honor the victims and rededicate ourselves to fighting for freedom on September 11 at West Broadway and Park Place at our 911 Freedom Rally. One 9/11 family member remarked: “I am looking forward to the rally. It is a place we can be free to really remember the who, why, when and where of 9/11. The morning ceremony” – that is, the official ceremony, from which clergy and 9/11 first responders – “is devoid of any meaning.”
The human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) will be hosting its second annual 9/11 Freedom Rally on September 11 at 3pm at Park Place and West Broadway.
While clergy, 9/11 first responders, and 9/11 family members are barred and/or not invited to the official ceremonies, all are welcome at the 9/11 Freedom Rally. And while White House guidelines forbid official 9/11 ceremonies from mentioning who attacked the U.S. on that day or why, the 9/11 Freedom Rally features more honest speakers.
Free citizens are coming from all over the U.S. to attend the rally. "Honor our war dead and stand for freedom and against the deception and lies being used to subdue us," said AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller. "We must show the jihadists we are unbowed in the defense of freedom."
The confirmed list of speakers includes 9/11 family members, including Rosaleen Tallon, sister of hero firefighter and reservist in the United States Marine Corps, Sean Tallon, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks; Nelly Braginskaya, who lost her son Alex; Sally Regenhard, mother of hero firefighter Christian Regenhard, killed in the 9/11 attacks (Regenhard is an American activist who has become one of the leading voices for the families of the victims of September 11); Maureen and Al Santora, Maureen Santora, who lost their hero fightfighter son 9/11 and Alan DeVona, 911 first responder.
Also speaking will be U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (via video); German MP Rene Stadtkewitz, leader of Germany's Freedom Party; Dr. Arieh Eldad, former candidate for Prime Minister of Israel, Member of the Knesset; Ezra Levant, TV anchor, newspaper columnist, author, founding publisher of the Western Standard magazine, the only Canadian media outlet to publish the Danish cartoons of Muhammad (livestreaming on SUN TV), George Demos, NY Congressional candidate, Anders Gravers of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE); Sudanese ex-slave and freedom fighter Simon Deng; war hero and North Carolina Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano; popular radio host Joyce Kaufman; Helen Freedman, Americans for a Safe Israel; Darla Dawald, National Director of the
Patriot Action Network; James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Taskforce (VAST); Coptic Christian activist Joseph Nassralla; Iraqi ex-Muslim Michael Paul; and others.
Members of the clergy (banned from the official ceremonies) will be there for the invocation. And first responders, who were not invited to the official ceremonies, will speak and are welcome at 9/11 Freedom Rally.
William J. Murray, Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition
Rabbi Allen Schwartz, chief rabbi of Congregation Ohab Zedek, NYC
Dr. MG Prasad, director in the board of directors of Hindu University of America, Orlando, Florida, and his associates Mr. Nanda Gorur and Mr. Vivek Vasanth
Bhupinder Singh Bhurji, Chairman and CEO of Namdhari Sikh Foundation and a Sikh Priest.
Pamela Hall will be singing the Star Spangled banner and Shelli Manuel will be play the harp.
Hosting the rally are Pamela Geller, publisher of the acclaimed AtlasShrugs.com blog, executive director of AFDI and SIOA, and author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance (WND Books); and AFDI/SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of Jihad Watch.
Stop the Islamization of America is a groundbreaking new book offering the fruit of a veteran national activist's years of experience fighting back against Islamic supremacist efforts to erode our freedoms. In it, Geller offers the fruit of her experience as the national leader of the fight against the Ground Zero mega-mosque and of numerous other initiatives to defend freedom against the encroachment of Islamic law. She offers practical, tested, effective guidance on how freedom lovers can stop jihadist initiatives in local communities.
The evening of September 11, Geller and Spencer will host a special screening (no charge) of the groundbreaking film, The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks (more here), at The Actor's Temple Theater on 47th between 8th and 9th Avenues at 8:30 pm. RSVP to GroundZeroMosque@aol.com.
AFDI/SIOA is one of America's foremost organizations defending human rights, religious liberty, and the freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to bring elements of Sharia to the United States.
Join the SIOA Facebook group here.
UPDATE: Lest we not forget the dancing Muslims after 911.
Pamela Hall captured the 9-11 Flight Victims Memorial Cars In Times Square
Melissa gets it and gets NYC: No, America, it's not over yet.
Publius Forum: Not done
Dan Spencer's: A Day for Remembering
UPDATE: And filth from the NY Times