Human rights activists of all stripes took to the streets on Sunday afternoon, March 6th, in a rally supporting the upcoming congressional hearings in which Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will discuss the increased radicalization of American Muslims and the potential for the implementation of Sharia law in the United States. Approximately 80 members of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam, the Liberty Alliance, the Coalition to Honor Ground Zero, Americans For a Safe Israel, Liberty Rocks, Blue Collar Corner, and Women United International gathered in the pouring rain near Times Square to make their voices heard. Rep. King is the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in Congress and has represented New York's 3rd congressional district since 1993. His district includes parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties in central Long Island.
According to its press release, the Liberty Alliance stated that the gathering comes as a "counter-protest in response to a rally being held by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, Imam Shamsi Ali and others in Times Square, entitled 'Today I am a Muslim, too.' Couching their rally in the language of "interfaith dialogue," Imam Rauf and his supporters plan to attack decent Americans as 'Islamophobic' for expressing their legitimate concerns about terrorism, Sharia law and jihad. The focus of their attack are Congressman Peter King's upcoming Homeland Security Hearings."