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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' Becomes Another Election-Year Hurdle For Democrats

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Add another election-year hurdle for Democrats: President Barack Obama's forceful defense of the right of Muslims to build a mosque...

"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...

Bloomberg: 'Sad Day For America' If Mosque Plan Is Killed

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it would be "a sad day for America" if opponents successfully kill plans for a mosque proposed ...

Sam Stein

Muslim-American GOP Operatives Fight Their Party's Mosque Rhetoric

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Obama and That Damn Mosque: A Clarion Voice for Freedom

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

There remains an unfortunate and irrefutable perception in the Muslim world that Americans only pay lip service to their own ideals of freedom. Fortunately, President Obama's defense of the Cordoba House helps to change that.

The Potpourri Resolution for a Ground Zero Mosque

Zahra Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Zahra Khan

Adherents to Islam form a vulnerable racial minority before a prejudiced media that uses religious misnomers like "Islamic terrorist" to develop public support for attacking adherents to Islam, a word that literally means "Peace."

Fox Agrees With Obama's Defense Of Mosque: ‘He Has To Stand Up For Our Constitution'

Think Progress | Faiz Shakir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Reacting to President Obama's forceful defense of Muslims' rights to build a new Islamic community center near Ground Zero, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) -- ...