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Cordoba House

The "Mosque"

Lucia Brawley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lucia Brawley

It shocks me that so many Americans are ready and willing to ditch their commitment to the Constitution, demanding the prohibition of the Cordoba House, an Islamic cultural center.

"Ground Zero" Mosque To Move?

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

**SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE** Have Muslim leaders behind the misnomered "Ground Zero" mosque backed down? Yes, according to Israel's Haaretz. The pape...

Christian Extremism Is a Matter of U.S. National Security

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rahim Kanani

In just under seven minutes on AC360, Rev. Benham managed to deeply offend, disgrace and degrade the religion of Islam and all its 1.4 billion adherents -- many millions of whom live here in the United States, and of whom I am one.

"Ground Zero Mosque" Is the New "Death Panels"

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

While Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama have their hearts in the right place, the very idea that the Cordoba House hysteria is about "religion" is not really accurate. This the latest right-wing wedge issue.

Newt Gingrich Calls 'Ground Zero Mosque' Organizers 'Radical Islamists' Seeking 'Supremacy,' Compares Them To Nazis (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich minced no words Monday morning when he called organizers of the "Ground Zero Mosque" "radical Islamists" seeking "s...

Obama and the Mosque -- Cool Logic Spawns Heated Inanity

Victoria Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victoria Jones

Moving Cordoba House makes 19 dead losers larger than life, it says we're still impacted by them. This is New York we're talking about. The city stands up for itself.

Why Building the Mosque is Good for America!

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dean Obeidallah

Where can the Muslim community center be built in NYC? I say you can build it here or there, by a house or a mouse, in Tribeca by Robert DeNiro or further down by Ground Zero. It's that simple.

Sam Stein

N.Y. Congressman Accuses Obama Of 'Trying To Have It Both Ways' On Ground Zero Mosque | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's clarification on Saturday of his endorsement of the Ground Zero mosque (the president stressed he had not been commenting on the "wi...

'Ground Zero Mosque' Will Be First LEED Certified Mosque In US

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Amid the uproar over the Cordoba House project, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin reveals that it will be the country's first certified "green mosque," named Park51...

Trusting in the Humanity of All the World's People

Gina Gershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gina Gershon

The Cordoba Initiative mosque should be built because it represents an opportunity to educate uninformed Americans, and to send a strong signal that the United States' true enemy is ignorance.

Eric Cantor Offers South Park Defense of Mosque Opposition

Matt Finkelstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Finkelstein

Cantor asks "what type of system" would allow the construction of an Islamic community center in the vicinity of Ground Zero, but then answers his own question: a system "built on the rights of free expression" and "the rights to practice your faith."

The Shameful Mosque Controversy

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

A longstanding effort to build a Muslim center that ended up being near what became "Ground Zero" has become Exhibit A in the contest between popular passion and constitutional principle.

Jason Linkins

David Paterson's Mosque Compromise: Bizarre, Unnecessary, Unconstitutional | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, New York Governor David Paterson injected himself into the strange debate over the Cordoba House community center (a.k.a. the "Ground Zero mosque") with a novel proposal. If the people behind the community center agree to move their facility somewhere else in New York City, the state would be happy to pay for it. My first reaction to this plan -- besides how deeply cowardly it is -- was basically: "Wow! That sure sounds like it would be crazy unconstitutional!"

Top American Rabbis Rally Behind the 'Ground Zero Mosque'

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Even as newspapers continue to flurry with the headline that the Anti-Defamation League has opposed Park 51, the leaders of American Jewry have come out disproportionately in support of the community center.

Any Common Ground in the 'Ground Zero Mosque' Debate?

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Some will never be convinced of the moral legitimacy of Muslims seeking a place of worship close to Ground Zero. Yet many may change. Giving that moderate center a fair chance rests partly with the organizers of the Cordoba Center.

Why Build The "Ground Zero Mosque"?

Ian Gurvitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Gurvitz

At some point, it's less a matter of religious freedom than of common sense. You won't teach Americans about Islam by building a community center/mosque. Particularly on that spot in lower Manhattan.

Jewish Vigil for Cordoba House

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On August 5, the Shalom Center brought Jewish leaders from around New York in a vigil at the site of the proposed Muslim cultural center and prayer space in Lower Manhattan, supporting the plan for Cordoba House there.

The Faithful Search: A Civics Primer for Real Patriots

Rev. Chloe Breyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chloe Breyer

The proliferating nature of these anti-mosque demonstrations and their shifting tenor to panicked claims about the imminent threats of "Islamization" and "Shariazation" begs a moment of national introspection.

ADL Betrays Mission to Fight Bigotry, Discredits Itself Yet Again

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Islam is not responsible for 9/11, extremism is. Just like the two planes that crashed into the Twin Towers, Islam was also hijacked and used to justi...

Embodying The Values We Cherish Most

Religion News Service | By Rabbi David Saperstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Rabbi David Saperstein Religion News Service (RNS) The most effective response America can give to the 9/11 terrorist attacks is to affirm our nat...

Jason Linkins

Ground Zero Mosque Opponents Must Not Have Heard About Muslims At The Pentagon | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the best ways of demonstrating that the frantic slavering over "Ground Zero mosques" is nothing but a ridiculous display of pearl-clutchery is ...

Hiroshima, 9/11, and the Proposed NYC Mosque

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

For moderate Muslims worldwide, and especially for American Muslims, the enemy of America is and always has been the enemy of Islam.

ADL vs. Mosque at Ground Zero? That's Bullsh*t

Sam Seder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Seder


Why Muslims Want the Muslim Community Centre in Lower Manhattan

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Naazish YarKhan

It's a space that will honor Islam and inter-faith learning. It will help us get to know each other better. Can we please give it a chance?

Mr. President: Don't Join the Dhimmicrats

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ken Blackwell

The White House calls the Ground Zero Islamic center "a local matter." But Hamas and Fatah in the West Bank did not consider the World Trade Center attacks a local matter.