An organization called Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) hosted a rally in lower Manhattan on June 6 to protest the planned construction of a large mosque overlooking Ground Zero in New York City.
SIOA estimates that between 5,000 to 10,000 people showed up for the event hosted by the organization’s executive director Pamela Geller, a blogger and columnist who publishes the AtlasShrugs.com blog, and SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the director of JihadWatch.org.
Participants arrived from across the United States to protest what the organization called "an insult to the Americans who were murdered there." According to SIOA, the main reason why the mosque should not rise near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is that it symbolizes "a radically intolerant belief system that is incompatible with the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution."
Rally organizers have also promised to hold another event in the same place in September, when the construction is supposed to begin. The also said they would be filing suit against the Federal government, asking that the site where the "mega-mosque" is going to be built be designated as a war memorial, similar to Pearl Harbor or Gettysburg, because a part of one of the 9/11 airplanes crashed into the roof of the building that used to stand there.