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Mosque Near Ground Zero

Why The Mosque Melee Actually Signals A New Era Of Religious Tolerance

Jim Kenney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Kenney

for those closest to the ongoing interreligious movement, tolerance just won't suffice. Real intercultural harmony demands exposure, as well as respect, mutuality, and, ultimately, engagement.

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...

Auschwitz And The Mosque Near Ground Zero: The Problems With This Analogy

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

If there is a lesson to be learned from John Paul's actions regarding the Carmelite convent at Aushwitz, it is exactly the opposite of what Cordoba House opponents are now claiming.

The Mosque, the Nazis and Martin Luther King

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The dispute over the mosque is a lot like a hypothetical German-American march. Just as it would be wrong to treat all German-Americans as if they are Nazis, so too is it wrong to treat all Muslims as if they support terrorism.

Mosque Hysteria: Brining Us Closer to Another 9/11?

Yitz Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Yitz Jordan

Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich may have brought us closer to "another 9/11" than any Cordoba House ever could.

Swastikas, Islamaphobia and Basketball

Etan Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Etan Thomas

Unfortunately, discrimination turns out to be what brings about the non-partisanship that President Obama has been so desperately trying to achieve.

Remembering The Sacred Acts Of 9/12/01

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

With so much anti-Muslim hate being spewed in the name of 9/11 right now, we must remember the sacred things that happened on September 12, 2001.

Fighting Islamophobia: Come, Let Us Reason Together

Religion News Service | John Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By John Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani Religion News Service (RNS) Tolerance is one of the hallmarks of democracy, particularly American democracy. I...

Not New Rules but New Questions

Etan Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Etan Thomas

Do the majority of Americans feel that the Bill of Rights only applies in relation to their religion? Or that the document can be ignored whenever it is politically or militarily expedient?

Creationism, Burning The Quran And The Mosque Near Ground Zero: What Do They Have In Common?

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Faith is the way to peace. Fear is the way to mistrust, division, and, well, you draw your own conclusions.

Park51 -- The Center/Mosque at Ground Zero Is an American Issue

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

I see myself evolving into a new kind of Muslim, helping to shape an American Islam imbued with democratic values, constitutional rights, women's rights and religious tolerance, a role model for the world.

The Meaning Of 'Cordoba': Can It Really Symbolize Religious Tolerance?

Mark R. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark R. Cohen

Can Córdoba serve as a symbol for tolerance and mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims today? Yes.

The Math And Aftermath Of Ground Zero

Yoav Sivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Yoav Sivan

This is where the ADL and I differ. They recommend a distance, while I'm so naive to believe that the healing process rather requires bringing two points together.

Mosque'd in Controversy

Vaishali | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

As prominent as religious hypocrisy is in this debate, there is a deeper issue.

'Ground Zero Mosque': What Team Do You Want to Play On?

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The signs are out. The protesters are screaming. The foam forms around the mouths: "You can't worship like that here!" Wait: am I talking about the NYC mosque protests or Westboro Baptist Church protests?

Hindsight: Burying The Ghost Of Ground Zero

Grant Brooke, M.Div. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Grant Brooke, M.Div.

Until we rebuild the World Trade Center and properly memorialize the the victims of 9/11, the tragedies of that day will continue to linger on through irrational, unfettered, inconvenient, and hateful ruptures of the past into the present.

America's Promise Is Meant For Everyone

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

One day, I promise you, we will be as ashamed of the way American Muslims are viewed and treated in 2010 as we are of Japanese internment and Jim Crow. America's promise is meant for everyone or we are not America.

Park51 Controversy Requires Less Heat, More Light

Omid Safi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Omid Safi

The way that this whole issue has been framed is that "those" Muslims are coming here to build a mosque on "our" Ground Zero, our hallowed grounds. How to break it to these critics? Those Muslims are the US!

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.

Tea Party Reveals Real Reason Behind Mosque Opposition Frenzy

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ahmed Rehab

Check out this uber-creepy Tea Party email, released by no less than In it, the Tea Party folks argue that America is exclusively "Judeo-Christian" and that Islam should be "expelled from our shores." And that's just for starters.

For The Hate-Filled Right, Muslims Are The New 'Japs'

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

In our hysteria, we are mistaking loyal Muslim Americans and at least a billion peaceful Muslims overseas for a few thousand ruthless thugs who constitute the fascist wing of Islam.

Islamophobia And Religious Pluralism: America's Real History

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

A brief glance at our country's religious past reveals the difficulty confronting religious pluralism. Our history is replete with exclusions and an ugliness that defy tidy stories.

Ground Zero Mosque Divides Generations

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The Muslim community center being built in New York has sparked debate around the world, including within my own home.

'Ground Zero Mosque' Controversy: America's Dreyfus Affair?

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

The limits of my comparison between the Dreyfus case and the mosque controversy are obvious. But the similarities must also be taken seriously.

Park51 Should Not Be Complicated For Jews

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

We Jews have too much at stake to risk siding with those who would prefer some and despise others. Our history tells us such people are not our allies. Our hope tells us that they will ultimately not prevail.