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Ground Zero Islamic Center

The N.Y. Islamic Center Controversy: How People of the Same Faith Can Disagree

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

The Gallup numbers suggest that there is greater diversity of opinion than is often presumed and clearly demonstrate that no one view, even with any given faith community, holds sway.

The "Ground Zero Mosque" and the War on Terror

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

How many protestors have made the slightest effort to find out that Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind Park 51, was a first-responder on 9/11, running to the site so that he could pull victims from the rubble?

To Bill O'Reilly and Those of a Similar Mind

Andy Schupak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andy Schupak

It seems wrong that, in a society that supposedly prides itself on being open, democratic and accepting of many different cultural groups, so many people are blatantly associating Muslims with terrorism.

At Home in Manhattan: Park51 as Global Architecture

Guy Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Guy Horton

2010-10-11-park51slim.jpgThe most recent conceptual images of Park51 compellingly show a building that, if built, could be positioned amongst some of the finest examples of global architecture.

Amanda Terkel

Poll: More Republicans Support A Strip Club Over A Mosque Near Ground Zero | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new survey from the Democratic-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling finds that more Republicans support constructing a strip club than a mosque nea...

Amanda Terkel

Poll: North Carolina Voters Say No To Exploiting NYC Islamic Cultural Center In 2010 Elections | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new survey from the Democratic-affiliated firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) finds that candidates arguing over the proposed Islamic Cultural Center i...

Ignoring YouTube: Imam Feisal's Flawed Approach to 21st Century "Media"

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Rosen

Interestingly, the Imam and YouTube Diplomacy have something in common: they have both been valuable inroads for the Obama Administration's engagement with the Muslim World.

I Said I Wouldn't Write About the Mosque

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

When people like Terry Jones use our freedoms to provoke and anger and instill hatred, he abuses his right. Don't ever again politicize our day of unity, Terry Jones. It only comes once a year.

Reconciliation in the War of Symbols: Ground Zero, the Islamic Center and the Florida Church

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

This war of symbols reveals ugly stereotyping and prejudice on nearly all sides, including those on the left who spewed hateful rhetoric to those opposing the Islamic Center.

Why I Oppose the New York Park51 Initiative

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Would all those funds and energies not be of better benefit elsewhere? Is the building of an Islamic center in New York a priority for the Muslim ummah (community)?

How Dare You Use My Cousin's Murder on 9/11 to Justify Bigotry and Hatred

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Nine years ago my cousin was murdered when the airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center. It makes my blood boil when Fox News and right-wing politicians invoke the names of those who died on 9/11 for political gain.

9/11/10 -- Unfinished Business Take #9

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's 9/11 again... do you know where Osama Bin Laden is? Nine years later Al Qaeda is still plotting attacks in the name of a global jihad. The mission against Al Qaeda is being drowned out, and that strengthens our enemies. Americans deserve better.

Patriotism at Park51: Join the Liberty Walk

Frank Fredericks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

This is really about how we as Americans answer the question we have yet to pose in the post-9/11 era. Does religious freedom also apply to Muslim Americans, as well as all Americans of faith? Our answer must be yes.

The "Ground Zero Mosque": The Perfect Republican Talking Point

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

It's always the same: their side throws out a bogus-but-intense talking point, and our side argues the facts. The facts don't matter with these things. All that matters are emotion and repetition.

The Importance of Building Shared Cultural and Spiritual Spaces: Lessons in the 'Mosque' Debates

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

As an American Muslim and a mother about to send my child to a high school located just blocks from Ground Zero, I add to the list of a mom's first day of school worries: how safe will my son be?

Ground Zero Mosque Imam Has Long History of NJ Real Estate Woes

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

Imam Feisal Rauf, the Muslim cleric behind the contentious mosque/Islamic Center project near Ground Zero is no stranger to real estate woes. Two hard...

Maddow: Islamic Center Opponents Could Be Stoking Anti-Muslim Attacks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rachel Maddow said that the opposition to the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero could be the reason behind a wave of anti-Muslim incidents arou...

Mr. Obama... Are You Out There?

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

We need our President to take a stand. Silent for much of the summer, Obama finally entered the mosque fray earlier this month. Well, kind of.

Cordoba House and Religious Freedom

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

It has been said that liberty is a political good that's easier to win than to maintain; easier to unlearn than to learn. To judge by events of the last three months, we have gone a long way toward unlearning the habits of religious freedom.

Exploiting the Mosque Controversy

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Abraham H. Foxman

The controversy surrounding the proposed Islamic center at Ground Zero is being exploited by some to demonize Muslims and Islam.

An Ideological Construct: Out of Control and Veering Lethal

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Levine

"Moderate" is one of those words, like "terrorist," that can be used precisely and informatively or loosely and ideologically. The difference is that...

Republican Hypocrisy and the Proposed Islamic Center

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It appears that, for the far right, the import of local opinion and the ability for local communities to make decisions for themselves only applies in communities that agree with the values of the far right.

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Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

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Yellow Cab Will Stop Running Anti-Islam Ads From 'Queen Of Muslim Bashers'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Earlier this summer, the leader of the group "Stop the Islamization of America" took out ads on 25 Chicago taxi cabs--and as of Tuesday, all of them w...

Anti-Mosque Activist Brings Fight Against Islam To Chicago Cabs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The entire country seems to be embroiled in a heated argument over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York--and Chicago cab drivers a...