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July 14th, 2010
12:10 PM ET

The case for and against the Ground Zero mosque

A day after activists for and against a proposed mosque near Ground Zero squared off at a three-hour hearing of New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission, leaders from opposing sides debated the issue on CNN's American Morning.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • New York

soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Alvin

    To me, the issue is pretty clear-cut. It's not about religious freedom/right; or religious tolerance. It's about religious SENSITIVITIES and SENSIBILITIES. If my people did something and leaves a bad taste to other people living in this area, I would be extra careful not to give room for misunderstandings and misgivings. Sensibilities dictates that one proceeds with caution. If one profess a religion of peace – why insists on pursuing something that stir up not just bad feelings but ripping barely healed wounds again? A religion of peace would go the extra mile to forge peace - even giving up one's right in order to win others over. I'm not seeing this being practice. This is sorely missed and overlooked in the heated debate.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  2. Lee

    This should not be there. Does everyone see the point that by building it there is pretty much a slap in the face? What is our country coming to!

    September 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Larry

    Other than he is factually incorrect about everything he is saying...yards away?/Mosque being built on Ground Zero (unless all of NY is now GroundZero)?/Also, the President stated that by the rule of law, they have every right in this country to build the structure. As a 24 year military vet, I really find it upsetting that we are willing to deny anyone or group the right for religous freedom in this country. I am a GW1/Afgan/Iraq vet and this is one of the cornerstone of our belief in this country and what every soldier has sacrificed to protect. I truly find it replusive that these law makers are using this as a political tool...WE ALL SHOULD BE!!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  4. Peter

    Mr. Obama and Mr. Harper-Get your heads out of your ass an do something about immigration. Take a stand and stick to it! Have the resolve to do it-welcome the criticism that will follow and, deal with it. North America can stand on it's own credentials-Our original credentials were fine, and still can be. We don't need outside influence to enhance it-We just need to get back to our roots. Can you two manage to do that? A lot of people are counting on it. It would be a miracle but, miracles do happen-every day!

    August 15, 2010 at 1:36 am |
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