This Moment of Pure Bigotry Brought to You By Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller
Here’s an account of a demonstration against the proposed community center/mosque in downtown Manhattan, featuring anti-Muslim bloggers Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller: On this ground, zero tolerance.
The following appalling incident perfectly demonstrates the pure bigotry that motivates the Spencer/Geller crowd; the angry mob turned on a pair of men who looked a little bit too Arab for them.
“We must take a stand and we must say no,” shouted rally organizer Pamela Geller as the crowd roared approval. Moments later, another keynote speaker, Robert Spencer, sparked more cheers when he asked, “Are you tired of being lied to?”
Spencer, however, did not explain precisely what lies he was referring to.
Many protesters held American flags. Many carried signs.
“A Mosque at Ground Zero Spits on the Graves of 9/11,” one placard proclaimed. Another sign depicted a toilet, with this message: “This is a Mosque. Do You Want it Built at Ground Zero?”
At one point, a portion of the crowd menacingly surrounded two Egyptian men who were speaking Arabic and were thought to be Muslims.
“Go home,” several shouted from the crowd. “Get out,” others shouted.
In fact, the two men – Joseph Nassralla and Karam El Masry — were not Muslims at all. They turned out to be Egyptian Coptic Christians who work for a California-based Christian satellite TV station called “The Way.” Both said they had come to protest the mosque.
“I’m a Christian,” Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face.
But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety.
“I flew nine hours in an airplane to come here,” a frustrated Nassralla said afterward.