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Ground Zero Mosque

Opposition to "Ground Zero Mosque" Is Offensive and Wrong

Isaac Luria | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Isaac Luria

This is a moment of truth for the American Jewish community and our friends. Will we line up on the side of freedom of religion and respect for all -- or give in to fear and prejudice?

GOP Candidates' Viral Fear Mongering

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John L. Esposito

In recent weeks, Republican candidates have appealed to racist attitudes towards Muslims as a political wedge to gain electoral votes. Political leaders must do more to counter hate speech.

The ADL Defames its Jewish Heritage

Kamran Pasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

In light of its recent statements against the Cordoba House, the ADL appears to have moved from a knee-jerk defense of Israel to an aggressive stance attacking American Muslims even when there is no criticism of Israel involved.

Anti-Mosque Sentiment in America: Lessons from Europe?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

Efforts to prohibit the construction of Islamic centers and mosques undermine American principles and move us closer to a Europe where restrictions on religious liberty are the most common means of "dealing" with Islam.

An Evangelical Response to the 'Ground Zero Mosque'

Skye Jethani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Skye Jethani

Fear, not doubt, is the great enemy of faith. So when I see leaders, both political and religious, stoking the fears of Christians regarding the Cordoba House project, it strikes me as profoundly un-Christ-like.

Memorials, "Mosques" and Burning Convents

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

The fear and loathing of faiths that supposedly threaten America's existence is nothing new. For centuries, Catholics, Jews, Mormons and other "foreign" religions have encountered disdain, discrimination and worse.

The Right Manipulates Muslims -- and Boy Scouts

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

This is the pattern: find a bright, shining lie, an often trivial issue, reshape it to your agenda of attack and fear, distort and dissemble, and bang it like a drum to rouse the media circus and distract the public.

Hurting Our Security

James Lamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Lamond

Isolating and vilifying Muslim Americans, while we should be creating ties and increasing cooperation, is simply counterproductive.

Newt Gingrich Rejects Religious Freedom and the Golden Rule

Burns Strider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Burns Strider

It's fear and helplessness that Gingrich embraces in his belief that America should shred the constitution and begin denying the religious freedom for which our fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers sacrificed.

Anti-Defamation League Comes Out Against Ground Zero Mosque

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

So much for religious tolerance. The Anti-Defamation League has joined the likes of Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rick Lazio, and a slew of other Conse...

Tim Brown Interview: Not All Ground Zero Mosques Are Created Equal(ly Objectionable)

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nicole Neroulias Gupte

Given the vitriol spewing forth these days against mosque proposals elsewhere, the opposition to the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" mostly smacks of general Islamophobia -- just with a more prominent address.

Just How Far Is the "Ground Zero Mosque" From Ground Zero?

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Matt Sledge

The "Ground Zero Mosque" that we have been and will be hearing so much about is not exactly a mosque, nor is it at Ground Zero. Here's why.

Anti-Muslim Is Anti-American

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

The vitriol from anti-Muslim groups in the U.S. plays right into the hands of Al-Qaeda, a group that works tirelessly to prove that America is at war with Islam.

Quietly, Another Mosque Operates In Shadow Of Ground Zero

Religion News Service | By Nicole Neroulias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) Barely visible among the high-rise apartment buildings and cocktail lounges, a battered stee...

'Ground Zero Mosque' and Religious Freedom in America

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

These protests, diatribes, and campaigns against Park51, the proposed Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, violate the ideals of religious freedom to which our country has long aspired.

Paranoid Politics: The Denial of Islamophobia

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jillian York

Concerned communities should engage in dialogue with Muslims and their organizations, and learn more about them, rather than rely on the types of prejudices and paranoia being hawked by Islamophobes.

Ground Zero Mosque: Extremist 'Pilgrimage' Destination? An Interview With Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Joseph Ward III | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

Imam Rauf spoke of using the model of the YMCA, which, decades ago, helped improve relationships between different Protestant Christians. Cordoba House will use the same community-building premise.

Why Newt Gingrich Is Wrong on Ground Zero Mosque

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Hirschfield

Newt Gingrich may be right that building any Islamic structure that close to Ground Zero is bad idea, at least for now. But his arguments for that position are at least as bad as the worst ones which favor its construction.

Justice as Tolerance: 9/11, Islam and New York City

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rahim Kanani

Breaking the barriers of intolerance requires one to internalize the fact that the majority of Muslims around the world -- 1.2 billion of them and increasing -- do not engage in violent extremism.

Newt Gingrich Joins Muslim-Baiting Movement

Walid Zafar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Walid Zafar

It seems that Newt Gingrich's affinity for religious freedom and his belief in God-given rights doesn't extend to Americans who are Muslim.

Say Yes to a Mosque at Ground Zero

Kelly Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelly Caldwell

Sarah Palin heated up a local zoning debate over the weekend with one tweet. She was writing about a plan to build a mosque in lower Manhattan, a few blocks from Ground Zero.

Lazio: Cuomo 'Incompetent', Should Investigate WTC Mosque

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — One of the Republican candidates for governor of New York says Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, i...

Ground Zero Mosque: A Muslim's Perspective

Harris Zafar | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Harris Zafar

Muslim groups sponsoring each mosque construction project to reach out to its neighbors and understand their concerns so that any erroneous fears can be addressed with peace and respect.

Palin's Bigoted Twitter Calls on Muslims to "Refudiate"

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey Dunn

2010-07-18-refudiate.jpgSarah Palin has sent the world of Twitter on fire on Sunday with a series of Tweets about the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.

When Will Scott Brown Divorce the Muslim Haters?

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

2010-07-15-mosque.jpg The National Republican Trust, which conflated the radical jihadists of al-Qaeda with mainstream Islam in a TV ad, donated $96,192 to Scott Brown's 2010 Senate campaign.