Published: Sep 11, 2010 8:20 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 11, 2010 5:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Several hundred activists are rallying to support an Islamic center proposed near ground zero after remembrances were held for nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
      
They are toting signs with such slogans as "The attack on Islam is racism" and "Tea Party Bigots."
      
They gathered near City Hall in the afternoon and planned to march closer to ground zero. Opponents planned to gather for a separate rally.
      
Fifty-one-year-old Elizabeth Meehan rode a bus to the rally from her home in Saratoga, N.Y., about 180 miles away.

She says she is a Christian and thinks it's important for Christians to encourage religious freedom.
      
Critics say it dishonors the dead to put a mosque near ground zero.