The rally I participated in was the one that supported the Mosque. The museum presentation confirmed to me that this was a religious freedom issue. We should note that there are two groups objecting to this "Mosque." The first group are those who showed up at the anti-Mosque rally whose rhetoric implies that they are against the building of any mosque anywhere in America let alone the Park 51 Mosque. That is because they view Islam itself as both a terrorist threat and a threat to their American-Christian way of life. To them, Islam is bent on dominating the world and the more American mosques, the closer we are to Sharia law.
There is another group who oppose the building of the Park 51 Mosque. This latter group believes that the building of the "Mosque" so close to Ground Zero is "insensitive." That is because they believe that the presence of any mosque so close to that "sacred ground" is a reminder of the terrorist attacks.
This more palatable opposition has difficulty dealing with charges of bigotry. For example, could I be considered a bigot if after being attacked by a Black man, I then thought of crime each time I saw a Black person? We could also ask my fellow Christians how they would feel if they were forbidden from erecting crosses anywhere because their crosses would only remind people of the KKK.
The rally supporting the mosque was an improvement over past protests with regards to numbers and speakers. The number of those supporting the Park 51 Mosque was between 5,000 to 10,000, though I would guess it was closer to 5,000. Hopefully, this is an indicator that future leftist protests will draw more participants in future protests. In addition, the speakers were better than anticipated as there was less yelling and screaming and more rational thoughts spoken. Justice without regards to group affiliation was a repeated theme as well as the riddance of bigotry and hatred. The best sign of the demonstration read: "Our Grief Is No Excuse For Bigotry And Racism."
But what was sadly missing was a Martin Luther King view that said we are to win over our opponents rather than conquer or banish them. Multiple times people chanted for the bigots to leave or be banished from NY. Without King's perspective on opponents, the Left could easily be applying to play the same sport of intolerance and self-righteousness as those opposing the Mosque only for another team.
In addition, we need to give the anti-mosque protesters their due. They were out there exercising democracy along with us. The vast majority of Americans make up America's Idle and and they are the real threat to our country. It is America's Idle who either have embraced fatalism or escapism, both of which leads to a passivity that allows injustice to continue.
So 9-11 was a day to protest in New York. I had some reservations about being there because of past news reports that showed heated situations. But thanks to a heavy police presence, no threatening situations appeared even on the horizon. Now the question becomes, where do we go from here?