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Islamophobia: Targeting an American Community

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Singling out Muslim Americans, much as with prejudice against Jewish Americans and Catholic Americans before them, will prove to be wrong. The question is how much damage will be done before the fear subsides.

Keep Looking Up

August J. Pollak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
August J. Pollak


Maybe the Terrorists Did Win on 9/11

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

We have been constantly told that al Qaeda hates us because of our "freedom." But that's not totally true. Some of them hate us because they think we are hypocrites. Why are so many striving to prove them right?

A Mosque at Ground Zero: Desperately Seeking George Washington's Wisdom

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Let's face the fact: What does it mean to assert that a mosque "desecrates" hallowed ground? It means that the desecrating being done is by people who are evil, unclean. And that is wrong, wrong, wrong.

WATCH Olbermann: There Is No 'Ground Zero Mosque'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The "Ground Zero Mosque" is many things, but it is neither at ground zero nor is it really a mosque. So argued Keith Olbermann during Monday night's ...

Obama Reframes Mosque Debate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama showed that the "Ground Zero mosque" argument is not a simple one, and in fact has two major segments. The first is whether or not the mosque "should be allowed" to be built. The second is whether it "should" be built.

The Proposed Lower Manhattan Islamic Center Deserves Nuanced Discussion, Not GOP Fear Mongering

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

When you throw religion, politics and a seminal tragic event in modern American history into a pot, it's going to get sticky, messy and potentially unpleasant. Such a cocktail requires a thoughtful discussion.

"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...

Newt and Nazis: Aiding and Abetting bin Laden

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

When Americans vilify Muslims en masse by considering them as enemies or potential enemies, al Qaeda's recruiting efforts are made easy.

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.

Reflections on President Obama's Remarks Supporting the Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

As an eighth-generation rabbi whose father came to this country in 1938 to escape religious persecution, I applaud and am inspired by President Obama's remarks in support of the Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan.

"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.

President George Washington's Letter to the Jews of Rhode Island Applies to the Muslims of New York

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Koch

Obama was right to express his views on constructing a mosque near Ground Zero. His position will be remembered with the same regard as George Washington's letter to the Jews who built the Touro Synagogue.

Lessons from Both Sides of the Atlantic on Tackling Islamic Radicalization

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Scholars have built up an impressive array of research into how radicalization works in practice on the streets; it normally happens in four distinct stages and often results from lack of Islamic education.

Mosque Madness: Islam Is Not the Enemy

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Margolis

President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg did exactly the right thing by reminding their misled countrymen of our basic right of religious freedom and tolerance.

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...

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Muslim-American GOP Operatives Fight Their Party's Mosque Rhetoric | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Concerned about the increasingly hostile tone of the Ground Zero mosque debate, top Muslim and Arab-American Republicans are working behind the scenes...

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.

Howard Fineman: Why The GOP's New Culture War Issues May Burn Them

Newsweek | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If we had any sense, the fall elections would be about just one thing: the economy. But we do not have any sense. We are facing what Wall Street would...

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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.

America In The Twilight Zone: I Can't Believe We Are Even Discussing This

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

As the right continues to preach that they are the ones who are on god's side, with the "Ground Zero Mosque," they're behaving in quite the opposite manner.

A Mosque Perhaps, but a Swimming Pool?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Raymond J. Learsy

Whether a mosque should be built so near the site is debatable, but to build a swimming pool -- where one is meant to come play and frolic -- smacks of gross insensitivity or worse yet, triumphalism.

Sarah Palin's 'Ground Zero' Mosque Tweets Demand Answers From Obama

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin took to Twitter and Facebook Saturday and demanded that President Obama explain whether or not he supports the decision by a Muslim Center...

Obama Supports 'The Right' To Build Ground Zero Mosque

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New Y...