"One million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government. We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our First Amendment rights. We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for the Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the establishment of a real 9/11 Commission to reveal the truth to the American people."
So stated M.D. Rabbi Alam, founder of the American Muslim Political Action Committee, at a New York City press conference in January of 2013. Although announced then, the media hardly squeaked about it until August. At that time, it became a very popular topic. The event was originally slated "The Million Muslim March", but later changed to “The Million American March Against Fear”, perhaps in an attempt to raise interest and co-opt liberals who were unaware of the original intent and name of the march. The group managed to anger millions of Americans by choosing 9/11 as their protest day, and by aligning themselves to "truthers", those who refuse to accept the facts and imagine countless conspiracy theories concerning 9/11.
They also managed to anger quite a few American bikers - enough so to take several days off from work and ride to Washington D.C. in counter-protest. Even from as far away as Los Angeles, tens of thousands of bikers took to the road. Media reports of the crowd differ greatly, the lowest estimates placing it at 10,000 and the highest stating that D.C. police admit there were close to 1.2 million bikers.
According to National Organizer Belinda Bee, the event “2 Million Bikers to DC to Protest Million Muslim March” was originally created by “Top Fuel” Bill Williamson. She publicized it heavily on social media in Mid-August, and the response was so great that the two met and began organizing what would become this extremely successful event in less than one month. "Both of us did our own little prayer meeting with God prior to proceeding," says Bee. "I do not do anything without God’s guidance. I constantly have to remind myself and others I am only a servant, and that if He wanted this to be a success He would have to be over the entire event! I did feel God’s presence in almost everything we did." Belinda Bee is not shy in sharing her faith, stating, "Humbleness and humility are the cornerstone of my life. So see, I did not 'do' this; God lead me to it. I am a sinner that God took and transformed, it is HE who saved me; I did not go seeking Him. I am thankful everyday for His mercy and grace."
Belinda does not take all the credit for herself. Fifty state groups, all with personalized logos, were created, and a state coordinator plus an assistant was set up for each state. A host, speakers, and gifts were sought, as well as legal counsel to protect the graphics. Even through all this, Belinda was working two jobs six days a week, and doing what she could for a sister who is in the final stages of her battle with Cancer.
The results of the event that had over nine months of planning, vast media attention, and a permit? About 50. ( http://www.humanevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/million_muslim_march.png ) They were outnumbered by Christian protesters and media members. The event put together with prayer and 25 days had tens of thousands to over a million (depending on who you believe concerning crowd estimate) in attendance and was able to give gifts of $3,000 to a 9/11 first responder who was at the Pentagon, and $2,000 to a first responder who was at the World Trade Center in New York. The media was nearly silent on this, and it was mostly touted on social media - the Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/2MillionBikersDC ) now has over 278,000 "likes" and is still growing daily.