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Ground Zero Mosque

Republicans Attack the Peaceful Imam

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Rumors linking Imam Feisal to terrorism have fallen on their face. Every day since 9/11, Feisal has worked with US law enforcement agencies to "eradicate terrorism."

Anti-Muslim Bus Ad Set to Exploit "Ground Zero Mosque" Fear'

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Chen

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority just gave its blessing to a disturbing effort to tar the Cordoba Initiative by association with the 9/11 attacks, brought to you by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

Shame on you, Harry Reid

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tanya M. Acker

Good to know that in the United States of America we've drawn the line at burning down the places where people choose to pray. I think we would all agree that our standards should be a bit higher.

Newt Gingrich Would Be a Disastrous President in 2012

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rahim Kanani

Gingrich's comments are so despicable that it may be the only thing moderate Muslims and al-Qaeda extremists agree upon, and that's a divide we must continue to carve rather than bridge.

Get Garlic, Silver, and Wood: Gingrich is Back

Ellis Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellis Weiner

Ladies and Gentlemen, Prof. Newt Gingrich : You know, Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. We woul...

Ground Zero Mosque Opponents Have a Lot of Work to Do

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

If Newt, Sarah and Glenn were truly so driven to maintain the sacred purity of American "hallowed ground," they can start by campaigning for the removal of the General Robert E. Lee statue of Gettysburg.

Living in a 'Post-Racist' Society

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

The MSNBC documentary series Lock Up ran a story earlier this month about a Maricopa County Jail inmate charged with identity theft named Cecil Kunkel...

The "Mosque Affair," or, Far and Away the Country's Most Ridiculous Controversy

Ajay Singh Chaudhary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ajay Singh Chaudhary

There is simply no actual controversy here. The proposal for this Islamic community center is as American as apple pie, or at least as American as the First Amendment.

You've Got to Be Carefully Taught

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

As citizens of the nation continue through the summer, distracting themselves by howling at the moon and one another, I spent this past weekend in Manhattan seeing revivals of two classic period pieces of American theater.

Through Pain and Sacrifice, the American Promise Will Be Fulfilled

Donna Marsh O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Donna Marsh O'Connor

Why would we support a mosque at Ground Zero, particularly when there are many families who say it pains them? Our answer is the same as it has always been -- because it's American.

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Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

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Why the Shock Over Newt Gingrich's Nazi-Muslim Comparison?

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

When Newt painted a billion Muslims the world over with the swastika, it sparked outrage even among his fellow conservatives. And, sure, it's a deeply insulting, wholly absurd comparison. But why in the world is anyone shocked over Newt Gingrich using it?

Ground Zero Mosque: Paterson Tries To Broker Deal For Alternate Location

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY and BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. David Paterson, who last week suggested that developers of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero might want ...

Mosque Moaning: The GOP Diversion Tactic From Unfavorable Polls Gives Terrorists the Win They Want

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.

Ground Zero Mosque Sensitivity and Terrorism: Mosque Opponents Good For Terrorism, Bad for America

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rob Kall

The game the right and their corporate media enablers are playing goes like this. "We support religious freedom but these nasty Muslims are not being sensitive to the feelings of the 911 survivors.

What's Truly at Stake in the Ground Zero Mosque Debate

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

We live in a nation of laws and we live by the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. We don't govern in some ad hoc, knee-jerk, arbitrary manner based on the prejudices, sensitivities or whims of a select few.

Majority Rules, Minority Rights

Elizabeth Bisbee Silber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bisbee Silber

Once again, subjects that merit measured, thoughtful discussion by grown up leaders instead become fodder for juvenile shouting matches, jingoistic tirades, and paranoid rants.

Whose "Sacred Ground"?

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

The next time one's blood starts to boil over about the ground zero mosque plans, he or she should try and ponder how the Glenn Beck MLK Day rally will insult so many who revere the struggle over civil rights.

Russell Simmons Is Wrong about the Ground Zero Mosque

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

There are bigots in America, but Americans are not bigots. The average American is souring on Islam not based on any intrinsic prejudice, but based on the violence he or she constantly reads in the newspapers.

As the Debate Over "Ground Zero Mosque" Grows More Shrill, I Wonder: Isn't This What the Terrorists Wanted?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

A mosque within sight of the former World Trade Center site, especially if it is dedicated to peace, would be a pointed punch in the face to those who bet on Americans' worst instincts.

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 ...