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Islamic Cultural Center May Get Public Financing: Group Seeks $70 Million

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The mosque's backers hope to raise a total of $70 million in tax-exempt debt to build the center, according to the New York Times. Tax laws allow such...

Islam And Human Rights: Why It's Up To The Muslim Community To Prove Itself

Asma Uddin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Asma Uddin

A burden of proof has been placed on the Muslim community to prove that its religious tenets stand up to the scrutiny of international human rights standards.

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!

Mr. Obama... Are You Out There?

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

We need our President to take a stand. Silent for much of the summer, Obama finally entered the mosque fray earlier this month. Well, kind of.

The Spirit Speaks to a Texas Minister About Building Mosques in America

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

My friend Islam invited me, a rabbi, and a comparative religion professor to his Muslim community center for a strategy session around the national mosque controversies.

Dear America, Dear Muslim World

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

Recent data revealed that over 50,000 people were killed by terrorist attacks worldwide in 2008. Over 50 percent of those killed were Muslim.

A Mosque at Ground Zero and the Source of American Greatness

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

The debate over the proposed building of an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from "Ground Zero" has resulted in off the charts displays of demag...

From Nine to Ten and the Commemoration of 9/11

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Sunday, September 11, 2011 will be the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The politicization of the events a...

Are We Moving Toward a Clan Society?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

The "culture wars" touted by O'Reilly, Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter, and others on the right seem eerily similar to what Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes as the clan culture of her native Somalia.

America, Home of the Free -- Except for Muslims?

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Religious faith is too important to become a political punching bag. One does not have to like or even respect Islam to believe its practitioners have the right to build a worship center wherever they wish.

If You Are Against the Mosque, You Are Anti-American

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

If Ground Zero is a hallowed site, then we must allow all religions to pay their respects there. Can the Republicans and the Tea Party members really be saying that Ground Zero is a hallowed Christian site?

Obama: 'No Regrets' Over Ground Zero Mosque Comments

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite criticism from Republicans and others, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he has "no regrets" over the comments he made ...

Arizona's New 'Free Exercise Of Religion' Bill Limits Zoning Rules On Placement Of Religious Facilities

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the debate rages over a New York City Islamic cultural center and mosque being constructed two blocks from Ground Zero, Arizona -- a state recently...

GOP Calls Obama Insensitive Over Stand On Ground Zero Mosque

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican candidates around the country seized on President Barack Obama's support for the right of Muslims to build a mosque near...

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.

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...

Rob Sherman, Chicago-Area Atheist, Sues Illinois Over Grant For Cross

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS — An atheist is suing to force the administrators of a towering cross in southern Illinois to return a $20,000 state grant toward its ...

The World Is Full of Ground Zeroes

William Spear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
William Spear

After 9/11 and in the years since, I've watched the anti-Muslim drumbeat intensify in ways that impact multitudes of innocent people.

The Shameful Mosque Controversy

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

A longstanding effort to build a Muslim center that ended up being near what became "Ground Zero" has become Exhibit A in the contest between popular passion and constitutional principle.

Illinois Town Wants 10 Commandments Monument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A southern Illinois town is pushing to have a Ten Commandments monument erected in the city's square--and the town's mayor says he will do anything he...

Who Wins When the U.S. Restricts Religious Freedom?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

If terrorists are able to not only attack us physically but get us to judge our neighbors by labels rather than the content of their character, turn our back on the Constitution and then restrict the religious freedom of other Americans, we all lose.

Religious Freedom Wins in NYC

Isaac Luria | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Isaac Luria

On Tuesday, J Street NYC supporters delivered over 10,000 signatures in support of the Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan to a critical hearing of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Defending Religious Tolerance: Remarks on the Mosque Near Ground Zero

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael R. Bloomberg

The World Trade Center Site will forever hold a special place in our City, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves if we said 'no' to a mosque in Lower Manhattan.

Debate Over Ground Zero Mosque Is About American Values

Matthew Duss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Duss

If Gingrich, Palin, Kristol and Cheney think that George Washington was wrong about American tolerance and religious freedom, let them say so.

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.