On my way to Penn Station on Friday afternoon, (on West 29th St. to
be precise), there seemed to be some kind of demonstration going on.
When we got closer we saw that it was a large Islamic prayer service
which had spilled out onto the sidewalk and into the gutter. It was
mainly a mass of prostrated men but women in hijab walked nearby. The
driver, a silver-haired man of Greek and Bulgarian background, launched
a non-stop monologue.
“I wouldn’t mind it if they came here to become Americans like I
did. But no, they hate America. They want to stay the way they are but
they want to take over America. You ought to see it in Astoria, Queens!
Far bigger than this. You know why they’re on the sidewalk and in the
street? Because they are really protesting not having larger and larger
Well, their prayer service, (and it was that), did somehow seem like
a protest. There was an aggressive rather than a humbled feeling in the
air, more anger than love, a separatism but one right in-your-face.
Upon my return, several brave members of the LiberalHawks listserv
group, including Pamela Gellar of Atlas Shrugs, were discussing the
Muslim Day Parade. I watched a very disturbing Video
and read personal accounts of what happened at yesterday’s parade.
Unlike the Hispanic Day Parade, which also took place yesterday, the
Muslim Day parade was aggressive, angry, confrontational, and did not
seem very happy or joyful. No one was celebrating Islam’s many cultures
and ethnicities. One sign read “Home of the Free Shari’a Movement.”
A number of super-angry bearded men tried to charge a small group of
women who were holding signs which read “We Will Not Submit.” The men
called one woman: “A fu–ing bitch,” “You whore,” “Your Talmud says you
can rape a three year old,” “You baby murderer,” “The Jews kill little
children,” “Rothschild was a Zionist,” (!). The background was a
continuous roar of “Allahu-Akbar.”
One woman, a member of the LiberalHawks listserv group, was
threatened by a Muslim man. He threatened to “rape her fifty times.”
He, and several other men, walked right through the barrier that had
been erected to separate the two groups. Muslim parade marchers also
photographed the protestors–a method of intimidation, a threat that
they are being watched and might be stalked or worse. The police ended
up having to protect the small band of protestors. In my time, it was
the police who photographed the demonstrators, the demonstrators and
counter-demonstrators did not photograph each other (unless they were
FBI or CIA agents disguised as demonstrators or protesters).
Perhaps perfectly peaceful Muslims are paranoid about not being
allowed to pray in the public square and are therefore aggressive about
it. Perhaps their leaders want to claim public, secular space as
Islamist religious space–just as they’ve enjoyed it in the Old Country.
Perhaps Muslims who really want to pray have only seen Muslims marching
in anger or even rioting in public and believe that this is what
This is an ill wind and it’s blowin’ right here in Manhattan and Brooklyn and Queens. The March
for McCain on Manhattan’s upper west side elicited a solid, ugly wall
of hoots, jeers, boos and rage. When I asked some liberal friends of
mine to view it, they were non-plussed. Indeed, they said that the
hoots and jeers were proof of a flourishing First Amendment. “The
marchers can march and we can express our views of their views.”
When I and others had to be protected by police officers when we
spoke on campus about Islamic gender and religious apartheid and about
Islamic imperialism and pro-slavery views, many of the students looked
and acted a lot like the upper westsiders–but that too was defended as
the First Amendment in action. I have been a radical feminist for most
of my life and have always voted Democratic. I voted for Bush once and
reaped the whirlwind. However, I have not seen conservative students
boo, jeer, and move menacingly against speakers who opposed the
military, the War, etc. Have you? They just seem to wear their bow-ties
and behave in civilized ways. Why? (Needless to say, I do not agree
with many items on the conservative and Republican agenda but I do
appreciate their civility in these times).
The Muslim Day parade in Manhattan seems to be another example of
the First Amendment and freedom of religion being used to censor other
views in an ugly and threatening way.
I am afraid for our country. There seems to be an escalation, an
acceleration of Islamist aggression in many of our cities, and not just
via prayer-protest but also via lawsuit. Even now, the United Nations
is preparing a truly racist document against the Jews, (Durban II), and
yet it’s being promoted as an “anti-racist’ document. Why is the
mainstream media so silent about all this? Why are the intelligentsia
silent, why do they once again make common cause with totalitarians and
fascists? What will it take to connect the dots?