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Today's Front Pages: August 23

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

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The Real Threat Posed by the Cordoba Mosque

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

It's easy to say that the people behind the Park51 mosque and community center should have simply placed their center farther away to avoid giving offense, but it's hard to guess how far away would be safe.

What Would Our Founding Fathers Say About The 'Ground Zero Mosque'?

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Our founding fathers anticipated this conundrum and laid out clear markers that we should use to guide our views.

America, Home of the Free -- Except for Muslims?

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Religious faith is too important to become a political punching bag. One does not have to like or even respect Islam to believe its practitioners have the right to build a worship center wherever they wish.

The 'Ground Zero Mosque' and the Politics of Manipulation

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Shireman

How many of our political views are genuine? How many are simply instinctive? Do we really have political freedom-of-thought, or is it largely an illusion?

5 Questions Swirling Around the 'Ground Zero Mosque' Debate

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

The questions raised by opponents of the cultural center deserve clear, unambiguous answers about Islam in America. That's the least we as Muslim Americans can do for our fellow citizens.

Frank Rich: The Right's Criticism Of The Islamic Cultural Center Destroys Their Case For Afghanistan

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The prime movers in the campaign against the "ground zero mosque" just happen to be among the last cheerleaders for America's nine-year war in Afghani...

Opponents, Supporters Of Islamic Cultural Center Square Off Near Ground Zero

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The proposed mosque near ground zero drew hundreds of fever-pitch demonstrators Sunday, with opponents carrying signs associating Isl...

Feigning Patriotism in Order to Spew Un-American Rhetoric

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

I refer to those who oppose building the mosque at Ground Zero as holding an un-American position because the First Amendment stands in their way, yet they still seek the path of the emotional short cut.

The Controversy Over the NYC Mosque Shows We Really Don't Know Each Other Well Enough

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

As I followed the issue, I was struck by how the word mosque became the dominant conflict driven media frame of the story and how interfaith bridge building and creating a space for moderate Islam receded into the background.

A Lousy April We Can Avoid

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

I hope we won't have to ask ourselves why we were so lazy, complacent, or disorganized this Fall, and, by failing to do our best, made a tough midterm election avoidably worse.

Mosquerade Party

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

There is only one halfway decent reason why a Mosque should be built 2 blocks away from Ground Zero in New York. It's called the 1st Amendment. Maybe you've heard of it? That's the deal with Democracy. It's not a Chinese menu.

For Shame! Fear Is Back, With a Vengeance

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

The hysteria about the Muslim community center being planned near Ground Zero is not just a protest against a building and a place. It is rather the latest chapter in this evolving campaign that exploits fear by preying on uncertainty and insecurity.

Daisy Khan: 'When Will Muslims Be Accepted?'

The Washington Post | Sally Quinn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Daisy Khan is shocked. In a phone conversation with her minutes ago she said she couldn't believe that what had started out as "a community center for...

Ground Zero Mosque: American Intolerance on Full Display for Muslim World

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

The American public's oppugnancy to the erection of the "ground zero mosque" only serves to reinforce the worst fears of Muslims around the globe -- which is a shame because obstructing such an endeavor couldn't be more un-American.

It's New York, Not Jerusalem! How About Ending This Crazy Religious War

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The American government has no right to attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion.

Friday Talking Points [135] -- The Sky Is Falling!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...

The Free Exercise of Stupidity: Dr. Laura, the 'Ground Zero Mosque,' and the First Amendment

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shermer

Last week's two biggest media story brouhahas were Dr. Laura's n-word gaff and the Ground Zero mosque, both of which commentators insist are First Ame...

Obama Is Muslim, the Sun Orbits the Earth, and Other Things 1 in 5 Americans Believes

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nicole Neroulias Gupte

To give this some much-needed context and a bit of levity, here are some more things that a quick Google search reveals about 1 in 5 Americans.

Censoring Moderates Fuels Radicals

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

Gingrich and others are trying to figure out how to brand their inevitable defeat, and they seem to have settled on the idea that the very existence of the mosque is enough to discredit its proponents.

Getting to Know My (Br)other: U.S. Exchanges Build Trust

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Smucker

Chicagoans this week embraced a group of disabled Egyptians. They expressed their fascination with Egypt as a nation. In turn, the Egyptians made friends and embraced American culture and business know-how.

NYC Imam's Goodwill Tour Comes Amid Mosque Furor

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK — The furor over the planned mosque and Islamic center near ground zero has put Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in a curious position: At the sa...

'Ground Zero Mosque' Debate Officially Ridiculous: New Protest Song Hits The Web (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

The debate over the proposed "Ground Zero" mosque has officially jumped the shark. From YouTube user TradeMartin comes this music video for an origina...

Freedom from Religion? Public Opposition to Mosques

Jennifer Merolla Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Merolla Ph.D.

Is there any way around the pattern in which individuals become less supportive of democratic values and rights in times of threat?

Muslim Miss USA: Mosque Too Close To WTC Site

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Rima Fakih, the first Muslim Miss USA, has come out against the location of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque." Fakih, whose faith caused a bit of ...