The Million Muslim March received a name makeover earlier this year, but that hasn't stopped the media from publicizing the demonstration under its previous name. When the event takes place as scheduled on Sept. 11, 2013, the 12-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorism attack, it will take place under its new name, Million American March Against Fear. According to an Aug. 20, 2013 report by the Inquisitr, the organizer of the event believes the media is sticking with the event's original name for a very specific reason: "Isa Hodge says that the continued use of the original name is an attempt to rally people to oppose the demonstration."
Still, as the U.S. News and World Report pointed out, there is no more Million Muslim March. Yet the change was reportedly inspired by the addition of groups that doubt the official account of the 2001 attacks rather than any sort of public relations campaign. So why does organizer Isa Hodge condemn the use of the name Million Muslim March. Hodge told U.S. News, "They're focusing on what it was [called] before February to continue the misinformation and fear that we're trying to stop. It's more sensational if they can put out there that it's just Muslims going to dance on the graves of the 3,000 souls that were lost that day. That's not what we're doing."
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the September 11 attacks. The Million Muslim March or Million American March Against Fear, as it is now called, has its own dedicated Facebook page that describes its cause: "Join AMPAC along with Million American March Against Fear on 9/11/13: A Historic Event for Solidarity of Humanity to Establish Peace, harmony and Justice through a Civil Rights Movement."
The AMPAC Facebook page also outlines the decision behind the name change:
Many non-Muslim Americans are terrified of Muslims, who are portrayed by Hollywood and the US media as fanatical terrorists. Muslims, too, live in fear – of being dragged off in the night to Guantanamo and tortured, simply for the crime of being Muslim in the wrong place at the wrong time.
After discussing the matter with both Muslim and non-Muslim leaders last week, the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) has decided to abandon the “scary” Million Muslim March. Instead, it will launch a Million American March Against Fear. The march will still target the White House in Washington, DC. And it will still be held on September 11th, 2013.
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