A “Million Muslim March” is being planned, on all days, on September 11. The mass demonstration on Washington, meant to highlight complaints of religious profiling, is now making news because of the criticism the group is receiving for their choice of date, says opposingviews.com on Aug. 19.
The demonstration, originally dubbed the “Million Muslim March,” was changed to a more politically correct title of “Million American March Against Fear” in order to quay concerns over the intent of the group sponsoring it, the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC).
The name has since been changed back.
AMCAP contends that in the years after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Muslims around the globe, but especially in the U.S., have been victimized by racial profiling and hate crimes.
“On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day,” the group said in a statement. “Muslim and Non Muslim alike were traumatized but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains.”
AMCAP places blame not only on the anti-Islamic movements but on the media.
“Every media outlet and anti Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam,” the statement says.
Nevertheless, critics say the chosen date of Sept. 11 – clearly not simply a coincidence – does little to restore relations between Americans and our Muslim neighbors. Marching on our nation’s capitol on the anniversary of the most heinous terror attack – carried out by Islamist extremists – would clearly seem insensitive to the victims and their family members.
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