The Million Muslim March is planned for September 11, but the event has since been renamed.
So while the Million Muslim March is on, US News And World Report indicates that the demonstration will be called something slightly less provocative to some Americans.
The Million Muslim March’s organizer indicates that the event will now be called the “Million American March Against Fear,” and Isa Hodge says that the continued use of the original name is an attempt to rally people to oppose the demonstration.
Hodge explains that the Million Muslim March moniker hasn’t been in use since February, elaborating:
“They’re focusing on what it was [called] before February to continue the misinformation and fear that we’re trying to stop… It’s more sensational if they can put out there that it’s just Muslims going to dance on the graves of the 3,000 souls that were lost that day. That’s not what we’re doing.”
According to Hodge, the march isn’t about Islam in America — it’s more of a focus on civil liberties:
“I expect the numbers to be astronomical… I expect many anti-protesters, but they’re going to be pleasantly surprised, I think. We’re not going to be up there whining about civil rights violations of Muslims. There’s going to be a presentation on rights and events that affect the liberties of all Americans.”
If the intent in using the “Million Muslim March” name is to create party divides, it’s not completely working. Pennsylvania’s Williamsport Tea Party is involved with the march, and Nick Defonte of the group says any American who is pro-Constitution is on the right side in his book:
“We all deserve to be judged on our own merits, and that is precisely why I will show my solidarity with peaceful, Constitution-loving citizens.”
Organizer Chris Phillips appeared on Sean Hannity’s show last night to discuss the plight of Muslims in the US in recent years, and the host asked Phillips how Muslims are “villainized” in the media.
The event organizer replied:
“… aren’t you villainizing them with this broadcast? These people are not radical Islamists. these are innocent Americans practicing their constitutional liberties, brother.”
Predictably, the conversation deteriorated around there, with the pair bickering over allegations of anti-Semitism.
Do you think the Million Muslim March is a good opportunity for pro-Constitution groups of both political stripes to unite, or is September 11 a day where we should still be solely grieving?