Mosque Supporters Rally at Ground Zero

Quiet rally on eve of September 11
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2010 7:14 AM CDT
Mosque Supporters Rally at Ground Zero
People hold candles during a peace rally in support of the purposed mosque near ground zero on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 in New York.   (AP Photo/Jin Lee)

Candlelight, songs, and prayers drifted near Ground Zero last night, reports the Washington Post, as hundreds rallied not to remember those lost nine years ago today, but in support of the proposed mosque two blocks away. Organizers said they staged the event on September 10 so as not to detract from the actual anniversary, when memorials as well as mosque protests are planned. Said one supporter, who'd taken a class from Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, "I just had to put my body someplace with other people and stand up with my presence for tolerance." (More Ground Zero mosque stories.)

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