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9/11 Bike Controversy

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On September 11, 2013 a group of Muslims planned a march called “One Million Muslim March Against Fear” set to take place in Washington D.C.

Controversy arose when 9/11 first responders organized a bike ride through the Facebook page called the “2 Million Bikers to DC” to protest the Muslim March. The Bike Ride organization is a memorial to the victims of 9/11 and their goal is to “honor armed forces who fought those who precipitated the attack”.

The "One Million Muslim March Against Fear" was able to receive a permit, meanwhile, the first responders bike ride were unable to attain one. However, that didn’t stop the active and retired first responders from protesting.

Hanshi, who is a member of the Rolling Badges Club, was in charge of organizing other first responders in Paulsboro, New Jersey to start their ride down to D.C.   He said, “We’re not about anything other than honoring the victims of Ghazi last year, and those who served in some capacity or died in 9/11.”

Although both groups might have the same intent, honoring those who suffered from this devastation, there are still people who are passionate about their beliefs, which could easily cause the opposite of unity.

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