Thursday, August 19, 2010

East Village couple protest for mosque developers’ rights



At the Tribeca Tribune, Matt Dunning has the story of an East Village couple protesting in favor of the mosque plans near the World Trade Center site.

Per the article:

Julia Lundy, 28, and her boyfriend, Matt Sky, 26, were sitting in their East 5th Street apartment earlier this week, growing increasingly angry as they watched the exhaustive national debate over the proposed center—at 45-47 Park Place in Lower Manhattan—unfold before them. After talking it over, the couple decided to take to the street outside the former Burlington Coat Factory where the Cordoba Initiative hopes to carry out its plans for the project they call Park51.

On Tuesday and Wednesday they stood there, waving signs that read “America Supports All Faiths” and “Support Freedom of Religion.” The couple says they intend to be there for up to 10 hours a day for the next several days in an effort to rally support for the project.


[Photo by Matt Dunning / Tribeca Trib]

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

These yuppies are really doing a huge service... getting airtime for something that is getting way too much airtime already. Time could be better spent helping children of NYC or at a food bank or homeless shelter.. but alas, that won't get you blogged about.

It's already set that they have a constitutional right to build there, there is nothing to protest about... the developer's rights are already being protected and observed.

RyanAvenueA said...

I wish I had that kind of time. Maybe when this is over they can stand around the East Village and picket for bar owners' rights.

blue glass said...

will i be able to wear a cross or jewish star (or whatever other religious image) when i go to use the "community center" pool to swim?
the mosque folks demand freedoms americans are rapidly losing since 9/11 (privacy, illegal search & seizure, etc.). and Julia Lundy, defender of the mosque, would be punished for what she is not wearing were she to visit a moslem country.
let her put the mosque next to her apartment and let her pay for the additional security that will be required.

Anonymous said...

Must be nice to be in your 20s with an East Village apartment and no need for a job.

ifeelfat said...

Agree anon... and just curious... do these folks have jobs?

CK said...

What un-founded hostility! They saw something wrong and are trying to find a way to advocate for their beliefs. I too have watched the news with dismay at the anti-Islamic fervor, sometimes masquerading as "sensitivity to feelings" and sometimes just bald hatred. I am sorry to be out of town or I would stop by to support them. Thanks EV neighbors!

john penley said...

Good for them. Do all you people who asked if they have jobs, have jobs ? Everytime I am at a protest some dumbass makes this comment. What does having a job make you ,someone who is too dumb or brainwashed to protest ?

Anonymous said...

Must be some of that same unfounded hostility that I feel when I think about my friends that died in the North Tower.

Can't speak for these 2 little pukes.

Lon Ludwin said...

They also belong to Iron & Silk Fitness - which although an amazing gym, is far from cheap.

glamma said...

makes me proud to be an east villager.

chris flash said...

The "Ground Zero Mosque" is a non-news item being blown out of all proportion -- this, along with the dirt on steroid-ingesting millionaire baseball players and mindless "celebrity" gossip, is just the latest distraction from real and meaningful issues.

As for the protesting couple, they are just feeding into the bullshit being foisted on us by billionaire-owned media outlets. Their time could be much better spent doing something that is truly effective....

Anonymous said...

If your hostility is directed toward non-fundamentalist Muslims or protesters exercising their Constitutional rights, you are misdirected.

Neither the protesters nor the Muslim Americans supporting the mosque are responsible for 9/11.

And I can't see how speculating about the personal lives of the protesters, based on no knowledge except their presence at a protest, bears any relevance to an intelligent discussion.