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Cops Forced to Rescue Egyptians from Hostile Wingnuts as Islamophobic Ground Zero Protests Turn Ugly

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As a hot, humid wind blew off New York Harbor, Mitzner joined some 500 others to stir up a rhetorical whirlwind of protest against a proposal to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center near the site of America's bloodiest terror attack. Unfortunately, this is what Ground Zero has now become — a scene of protests. [...] Indeed, in tone and in the personalities it attracted, Sunday's rally was far different from the many Ground Zero gatherings and memorial services of recent years. Only a handful of victims' relatives came on Sunday. Sunday's crowd included representatives of the conservative Tea Party movement, some of them wearing anti-tax T-shirts that had nothing to do with Ground Zero, Islam or terrorism. "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. [...] 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. The incident underscores how contentious — and, perhaps, how irrational — the debate over the mosque has become.
Perhaps irrational? What assholes.
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