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Crowd Sings 'All You Need Is Love' & Drowns Out Man's Hate Speech (VIDEO)

by Maressa Brown on December 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM

terry jonesFreedom of speech can be a double-edged sword ... For better or worse, sometimes we have to listen to fellow Americans preach seriously twisted, even hateful ideas and values, and we have to respect that they have the right to do that. But we also have the right to respond to hate speech ... and even attempt to drown it out. That's exactly what a group of New Yorkers managed to do just before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Anti-Islam, Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones was there, spewing hateful words about Muslims, while wearing a T-shirt that read, "Everything I Ever Needed To Know About Islam I Learned On 9/11." Somehow, a group of onlookers managed to quash his toxic spewing ... in the most wonderful, peaceful way. The New York Times posted a video of that truly inspiring, touching moment, in which love clearly trumped hate. Check it out ...

So awesome. I gotta say I'm completely impressed that this was the response in NYC of all places. Sure, people here are notorious for being loud, ballsy, unafraid to speak their minds. But more often than not, you hear people being outspoken in a brash way to express their irritation with something. And ooooh yeah, these folks could have definitely gone that route in their response to Terry Jones. It could have gotten really nasty, really fast.

But instead, they rose above fighting fire with fire and used something totally unexpected and beautiful as their weapon: Love! And song! And smiles! How 'bout we settle all of our differences this way going forward?! Wow!

Would you have joined in with the singers?

Image via TheNewYorkTimes/YouTube

Filed Under: terrorism, protests, politics


  • Sarah...
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    Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

    December 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Absolutely I would have.

  • Torra...


    December 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM
  • Steph...
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    December 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM
    In a heartbeat.
  • Paula
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    December 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM
    that was totally awesome. I am so proud of that young man that started the song and of all the people, all nationalitys, that joined in singing.
  • Pinst...


    December 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM
    Without hesitation. A beautiful and quite appropriate song for the circumstances.
  • Tal0n


    December 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    GO NEW YORK!!!

  • bleed...


    December 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Yes I would have. Love should win out over hate! It's about time we try.

  • tronto
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    December 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM
    and in typical lying leftist fashion, they would not have done so if it was muslims shouting down christians
  • Danielle
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    December 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM
    Tronto, yours is exactly the kind of voice we need to be singing to drown out. This is not about politics, this is about hate and reacting to vitriol in a peaceful manner while still making it clear that we don't want to hear it!
  • Jessi...
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    December 19, 2012 at 6:43 AM
    If you had paid attention you would know that this video was put together by two wannabe film directors. This did not happen at all. The man said it is just before 10th aniversary. At beginning of film it said Dec 10, 2011. It wasn't posted until Dec 17, 2012. Do the math.
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