Capitol Hill invites many protestors in all shapes and forms. One such protest under the banner of American Muslim Political Action Committee has been receiving some publicity lately, except it just got overtaken by the Two Million Riders March. AMPAC was ready with its speeches and grievances against America and had planned a big event on 9/11 right in the heart of the capital. Unfortunately, they failed to account for the fact that their action could trigger an avalanche of protests, albeit roars from Bikers (who of course come with their own peculiar following and patriotism as well.) Something about the One Million Muslim March pricked the nature of Bikers; and so to counter this baseless protest, Two Million Riders decided to head to Washington D.C., complete with the flutter of Stars and Stripes and thousands to cheer them on. Unbeknown to AMPAC, most Americans view 9/11 as a day of mourning and sadness for America. It is, for most, a sacred day. This is why the American Muslim’s Political Action Committee‘s planned Million Muslim March in Washington, DC on 9/11 was seen as ill-conceived, distasteful, and (quite frankly) insulting to many.
Every year, Bikers and Riders head to Washington D.C. for any reason big enough to make a noise. However, today’s ride to Washington DC on 9/11 holds a dual significance. It is being done to honor the victims of 9/11 and our armed forces, ones who died defending the country’s freedom. Incidentally, this is the same freedom that billions around the world desire and are willing to cross plenty of oceans and mountains to get it. Supposedly, Two Million Bikers will ride to the capital to counter the effects of AMPAC and its One Million Muslim March. Apparently, the Muslim march was organized to voice Muslim grievances against bigotry and persecution in America. “What persecution?” is the legitimate question. What are American Muslims protesting about? Free speech, free expression, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, freedom of thought, protection of minorities, and generally all kinds of freedoms not seen or felt or practiced in Muslim lands?
The head of AMPAC, Mohd. Rabbi Alam, is a 9/11 Truther and anti-Semite. Alam has long denied the 9/11 attack but is still using the day’s significance to promote action in favor of Muslims. It sounds a little preposterous. If Muslims enjoy the full thrust of freedom anywhere, it is here in America. Even 9/11 could not rile the country against an all out war against Muslims (something that is routinely seen against Americans or Minorities or Christians in Muslim lands, with or without reason.) So far, the one million Muslim march seems to have received negative publicity so much so that AMPAC has been forced to change its name from the “March Against Muslim Bigotry” to the “March against Fear.” Fear of what?
The only fear now is that none of the AMPAC speakers will actually be heard simply because of the deafening roars from thousands of bikers who will be rumbling through Capitol Hill about the same time that anti-American rhetoric will be espoused by the American Muslim Political Action Committee. Permit or no permit, millions of Bikers are planning to fill D.C.’s streets with the window-shaking, headache-inducing rumble of two million motorcycles. For a sleeping giant that is slow to arouse, the counter-ride of two million Bikers with their thunderous roar is the last thing the American Muslim Political Action Commitee could have expected. Nonetheless, the freedom to act and ride is still very much present in this land, the same land that makes more than a reasonable effort at giving its people plenty of freedoms and choices.
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