It’s a gorgeous day here in NYC, perfect for a protest against the right-wing flotsam and pond scum planning to spread their hate against Muslims near Ground Zero. The indigenous right has imported a Dutch fascist for the occasion, Geert Wilders. Not wanting to be outdone by European hatemongers, the Republicans are sending their own muse of arrogant stupidity, Newt Gingrich.
We on the left obviously cannot control what opportunists, bigots and their ilk choose to do. But I could not be more pleased that our side has stepped up to build a proper response to this madness. Word has been spreading about the Coalition to Stop Islamophobia and IAC’s call to protest today (http://www.stopislamophobia.org/) and I expect at least hundreds of liberals, socialists and thoughtful folks of every political stripe and ethnicity to show up. Friends in the Gainesville, FL, International Socialist Organization (http://socialistworker.org/) have pulled together a coalition there to protest Pastor Joneses’ burning of the Koran today too.
I’m a fallen Jew/devout atheist, but isn’t it somehow fitting on this September 11 that both the Muslim holiday Eid and the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashonah are in sync?
I’m off to make a placard!
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