WASHINGTON – It was originally billed as "The Million Muslim March," though organizers later revised it to the "Million American March Against Fear."
But at noon Wednesday in the nation's capital, there weren't a million Muslims or Americans to be found anywhere – not even close.
In fact, a WND-TV news crew on the scene, preparing to provide live coverage of the event in a webcast, was unable to locate any of the marchers who were supposed to go from the National Mall to the Supreme Court and the White House.
The Weekly Standard had reported Tuesday that police were expecting "the size of the March will be somewhere in the hundreds, not thousands, of participants."
Mark Segraves of the NBC affiliate in Washington reported that only "about 25 people," including activist Cornel West, were at the Muslim march as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a group of Christians about the same size nearby.
In a video interview with MRCTV today, the Muslim march organizers would not fault Muslims for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks:
However, the counter-protest by bikers was in evidence everywhere.
Driving in from Canada and from all over the United States, the bikers, who were denied a permit for their demonstration, were flooding the capital.
At approximately 1 p.m., "2 Million Bikers to DC" Facebook page co-founder Belinda Bee posted that police have counted nearly 1 million bikers are on the streets of Washington.
The name of the "Million Muslim March" was changed to the "Million American March Against Fear" because organizers said the original name proved too "scary."
In fact, The American Muslim Political Action Committee was criticized for scheduling the march on the anniversary of 9/11.
But organizers insist the name was changed because, "Many non-Muslim Americans are terrified of Muslims, who are portrayed by Hollywood and the US media as fanatical terrorists."
AMPAC also claims, "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."
Organizers refused to change the date of the march, which marked 12 years since the attack by 19 Muslims on New York City and Washington.
"September 11th, 2001 was the beginning of a new era of fear," the organizers insisted. "Since 9/11, Americans have been terrorized by the media."
Claims AMPAC: "They have been taught to fear their neighbors. They have been inculcated with fear of other religions. They have been brainwashed into fearing people with brown skins, turbans, and foreign accents."
The Huffington Post reported: "Organizers at the group American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) didn't exactly do a lot to engender sympathy for an event held on one of the most emotionally charged days of the year. The group is led by M.D. Rabbi Alam, a professed 9/11 truther who has pushed controversial anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the attacks. AMPAC's plans outraged conservative outlets earlier this year, though many cited the religion of the organizing group, rather than the fringe beliefs behind the event."
The bikers, meanwhile, have stated their opposition to President Obama's push to "fundamentally transform" the U.S.
Radio giant Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday the American public as a whole did not understand what Obama was intending to do when he campaigned in 2008 with that remark.
"They had no idea that fundamentally transforming the United States of America meant turning the Constitution of the United States on its head," Limbaugh said.
"They had no idea that transforming the United States of America meant getting rid of capitalism and replacing it with socialism. They had no idea that it meant co-opting one-sixth of the U.S. economy by the government, the health-care business. They had no idea what Obama was promising. They thought they knew, but they didn't. Some of them may now not even know, but the bikers in D.C. know – and knew."
There is a major difference in the Facebook pages for the two 9/11 events.
The Million American March Against Fear page has a paltry 295 Facebook likes and had not posted any photos of their rally as of 2 p.m.
But on the 2 Million Bikers to DC Facebook page, there were 196,000 likes, and many photos of the bikers rolling into the nation's capital.