Upcoming counter-protests against recent anti-mosque protests
The Washington, D.C. event is a Rally for Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Worship, and Freedom of Conscience, to be held on Saturday, September 11, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, in Freedom Plaza.
The New York City event is a Liberty Walk to be held on Sunday, September 12, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, starting from St. Peter's Church at the corner of Barclay Street and Church Street in downtown Manhattan.
The New York City march is sponsored by Religious Freedom U.S.A., a group founded to support the Cordoba Initiative against the recent anti-"mosque" furor. According to an email I received from Religious Freedom U.S.A., its founders are Joshua Stanton, Editor in Chief at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and Frank Fredericks, executive director of World Faith: The Interfaith Service Network. Its partner organizations include World Faith, Faith House Manhattan, Intersections International, and the Interfaith Center of New York.
The website for the Washington, D.C. rally contains the following observations about a recent wave of bigotry against Muslims:
On September 11, 2001 - nine years ago, America was attacked by those who killed Americans of every identity group and every religion - and who sought to divide and terrorize the United States of America. New York City and Washington DC were attacked, but also one plane, Flight 93 that was hijacked to attack the White House or the Capitol building - was stopped - by Americans that refused to give in to fear and terror.
The rally itself is described as follows:
On Saturday, September 11, 2010, in Washington DC's Freedom Plaza at 2 PM, Americans of diverse religions, races, and backgrounds will join together in solidarity on behalf of our Constitutional freedoms and our universal human rights, including our freedom of religion, freedom of worship, and freedom of conscience for all people.
The New York City march organizers have the following very specific instructions for those who would like to participate:
Greeting Fellow Supporters of Religious Freedom,
Note especially those last three sentences, if you are planning to participate.
The announcement also contains suggestions on how to help out and spread the word. Note their request that supporters contact them. Those who wish to get more heavily involved may want to Join the Liberty Walk Action Team, or perhaps intern with them.
Everyone, please help spread the word about these events to everyone you know who cares about religious freedom for all.
P.S.: My own group, New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry (NYARBB), will be participating in the New York City Rally for Religious Freedom, but has no organizational affiliation with Religious Freedom USA, nor with the Cordoba Initiative.
Further P.S.: To those who plan to participate in the New York march and rally: If you would like to march with my group (NYARBB) in particular, please RSVP here on our Meetup site. (There will, I hope, be many other groups participating too, besides NYARBB.)
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