On Sunday, March 13th members from the NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia joined with many residents of Sheepshead Bay in a counter-protest in front of the construction site of the new Voorhies Avenue Mosque and Islamic Cultural Center. About sixty people from the local Muslim community, who organized this gathering, were joined by those who stood in solidarity and support of their right to build which has been hotly contested since it’s proposal last year.
On the other side of the street gathered people who have been fighting this construction since the planning begun. There were some members of the community, however, they were joined by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, both of whom have been earning quite a few million dollars by preaching fearmongering and hatred of all Muslims. Also in attendance was the usual “Bob the construction worker” who wears his same hard-hat with the American flag since he began on his hate mission against the Park51 Center in downtown Manhattan.
It is great the the Muslim community came out in force to denounce their persecution and yell to those who would bully them “shame on you!”
Photos from Rich Marini from Sunday, March 13th rally in Sheepshead Bay: