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Americans seeking Barack Obama's impeachment display messages from an overpass.
The rapidly expanding grassroots effort to impeach President Obama is now turning its sights on the Million Muslim March planned for Sept. 11.
Although now, the march has undergone a public-relations makeover and the organizers, the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC), have changed its name to “Million American March Against Fear.”
Fear of what?
AMPAC claims,” Many non-Muslim Americans are terrified of Muslims, who are portrayed by Hollywood and the U.S. media as fanatical terrorists. Muslims, too, live in fear – of being dragged off in the night to Guantanamo and tortured, simply for the crime of being Muslim in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
What bothers James Neighbors, the founder of Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment, is AMPAC is choosing to make its statement on the very day fanatical Muslim terrorists did indeed kill some 3,000 Americans, on Sept. 11, twelve years ago.
“They could’ve picked any other day of the year. There’s 364 other days of the year they could’ve picked, but the fact they chose 9/11 just simply apppears to be a slap in the face to America and an insult to every American who died in attacks on those days (in 2001 and 2012.)”
“We simply could not tolerate 9/11 being hijacked like that. It seems like a lot of people like to hijack things in this country, like Obama tries to hijack the word patriot for his progressives,” he added.
Overpasses had begun to organize it’s own march on Washington on Sept. 9, dedicated to bring attention to its primary mission, removing President Obama from office.
But founder James Neighbors changed plans and called for a nationwide protest in the streets and on overpasses on Sept. 11. specifically to oppose the Muslim march, after he learned of it.
They won’t be the only protesters, as WND reported a Facebook page has been created dedicated to bringing “2 Million Bikers to DC” to counter the Muslim march.
What Overpass protesters do is simple but effective. They merely gather on highway overpasses and wave signs calling for the impeachment of Obama or urging drivers to “honk to impeach.
WND first reported on the booming movement in July, and now the group claims it has mushroomed to 40,000 members across America to become “the largest grassroots movement in the nation” in the few weeks since it was launched in June.
Neighbors says the main thing is just to stick to the issues because, “It doesn’t matter what race Barack Obama happens to be. What matters is if he’s performed criminal behavior and the precedent he has set for the future.”
He also notes, “As a movement we have no particluar issue with Islam, but the fact of the matter is 9/11 is the day, across America, people remember planes smashing into the World Trade Center, a planes smashing into the Pentagon, and men and women willing to give their lives in another plane, whose last words were ‘Let’s Roll’ before crashing into a field in Pennsylvania.”
Neighbors says, because the hijackers of those planes happened to be Muslim, it’s left a bad impression around the nation that Muslims chose this particular day for their march.
He says the fact four Americans were killed by Muslim terorists in attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11 last year makes it even worse.
“I just think their complete lack of tact to have a protest on 9/11 needs to be countered by partiotic Americans that remember that’s a day of remembrance and sorrow and it shouldn’t be tainted.”
WND asked Neighbors, since Overpasses is combining issues on Sept. 11, what is the message he wants America to hear?
“We are combining them, but the impeachment message will be a bit muted on that day,” Neighbors replied.
“The people who died in Benghazi, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Ty Woods and Sean never really had a proper day of memorial,” said Neighbors, blaming all the news that followed, and all the “distractions created by Obama right after the event,” including the (since discredited) claim the attack was caused by a video insulting Islam.
Neighbors noted the nation has never really stopped to remember the four people who died in Benghazi, partially because “the entire incident has been buried under a mountain of scandals.”
“It’s one year late, but it is the one-year anniversary. Those four deserve a day where they’re respected and remebered, when people can cheer them as patriots and cry for their loss. That hasn’t happened yet and that’s what the whole point of our protest.”
Neighbors says, even if people don’t go out to a highway or an overpass to protest on Sept. 11, they can still participate in a significant way.
“If they happen to be up at midnight on that day, I just ask them to step out on the porc with a candle and say a little prayer for those lost in Benghazi. They haven’t been on everyone’s mind here in America and its a tragedy that hasn’t happened and our president has allowed that. And we need to do that. I would just ask everybody is they are not with us on that day, if they would do this on their own.”