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August 22nd, 2010
03:06 PM ET

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  1. US Army Vet

    May I recommend that next time you are out, stop somewhere and purchase a clue. McVeigh and Jones were individual psychopaths. Muslims ubiquitously kill innocent people on a daily basis. As far as the interview ... The analogy of a Catholic Church being constructed in a gay community is as stupid and as foolish as you! Let me clarify the difference for you. The Catholics didn't murder 3,000 innocent homosexuals! Duh! That's the difference. Muslims have freedom of religion in our country. Although we have the 1st amendment ... You can't scream fire in a crowded theater. With freedom comes responsibility. The arrogance and provocativeness displayed by this Imam is entirely unacceptable.

    August 22, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  2. US Army Vet

    Ms Bodhi2b ... May I recommend that next time you are out, stop somewhere and purchase a clue. McVeigh and Jones were individual psychopaths. Muslims ubiquitously kill innocent people on a daily basis.
    As far as the interview ... The analogy of a Catholic Church being constructed in a gay community is as stupid and foolish as you! Let me clarify the difference for you. The Catholics didn't murder 3,000 innocent homosexuals! Duh! That's the difference. Muslims have freedom of religion in our country. Although we have the 1st amendment ... You can't scream fire in a crowed theater. With freedom comes responsibility. The arrogance and provocativeness displayed by this Imam is entirely unacceptable.

    August 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  3. Bodhi2b

    I am a young, white Irish woman, in case that means anything to how people view my comment, since it seems it does most times.

    But to classify all Muslim's as terrorists and extremists or murderers is no different that classifying all Christian's as Timothy McVeigh's and Jim Jones' or to say all Catholics are child molesting perverts. But I can't understand how it is possible that so many people are this close minded and can't see that they are being ignorant in this belief. Let's not forget that if you are a Caucasian that your ancestors were most likely murderers and oppressors too since they had to rid the land of the natives...not to mention the fact that most of your not so distant relatives "owned" slaves. So WHOSOEVER IS WITHOUT SIN, CAST THE FIRST STONE!!!. What is wrong with people? What is wrong with my America, "land of the FREE"?

    By the way, my opinion here is entirely non biased since I am neither Christian nor Muslim.

    August 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Bodhi2b

    Does anyone recall Timothy McVeigh and Jim Jones? Wouldn't these people be considered "Christian Extremists" or even "Christian Terrorists"? I don't see anyone complaining about churches being built near any of the victims or families of victims of these guys. That is exactly what people are saying about the Mosque. Because the Muslim versions of Christians "Tim" and "Jim" blew up the WTC it doesn't mean we should stop the ordinary Muslims from building their Mosques, just as it would be ridiculous to stop the building of Christian churches near the families of the victims of "Tim" and "Jim". Not to mention the victims of the many Catholic priests who molested children all around the world. No one has complained about Catholic Churches near the families of these victims. What is the difference? And because I am neither Muslim nor Christian my opinion is completely unbiased. When the reply from most that "it is disrespectful" for them to build, it still implies that you are considering the Muslims who are building the Mosque as the same as the extremists who blew up the towers. It's like classifying all Christians as "Tim's", "Jim's", and perverted priests. "DAMNANT QUOD NON INTELLIGUNT" = "THEY CONDEMN WHAT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND" (this comment is a rewording of the earlier comment above in an attempt to make this clear to everyone, just in case the first version was too difficult for some to understand.)

    August 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Reality

    The global debate about the need for religion in the 21st century has begun. It is about time as it is obvious that the time of flying, wingie, thingies and chariots, resurrecting, ascending and assuming bodies, virgin births, heavenly virgins, monkey gods, revered cows, gold tablets, atonement theology, wine and water conversion to blood and three headed/horned gods is fast coming to an end. Unfortunately, the topic debate did not delve in this needed, more important review.

    August 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • Kate

      You have a habit of making comments about other people's religions just as "religiously" (pun intended) as the extremists have been doing in the other threads.

      You might not think of it as a religion, but you have a belief system too – you believe in the lack of those things you cite above.

      The question is, are you and the others who post here just as extremist as those that follow a God? For example – would you burn all the holy books and works, as the group in Florida plans to do to the Qur'an and Torah?

      Just sayin'

      August 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Bodhi2b

      For one to say that building a Mosque near ground zero is wrong is no different than someone saying they don’t want a Christian church being built somewhere because someone close to them died in a Christian cult bombing or suicide like Jim Jones or Timothy McVeigh, or to say they don’t want a Catholic church to be built because they or someone they care about was molested by a priest. The effects of these things stretch across the country as well as abroad so are we to stop building all Christian churches everywhere? It’s ridiculous that people cannot separate or even recognize the difference between the extremists and genuinely compassionate, religious people when it comes to a religion that Christian American’s don’t understand, but when it comes to your own religion you have no problem separating the crazies from the ordinary members of your sect. “DAMNANT QUOD NON INTELLIGUNT” (Latin for “they condemn what they do not understand”.) And just in case anyone is wondering, this comment of mine is completely non biased since, while I am still religious and even though I was born a Christian, I am now neither Christian nor Muslim…I am Buddhist…we American’s need to learn tolerance and begin to understand that to learn about other people’s views can help us better understand our own. Open your eyes. I am ashamed at the amount of ignorance in my country.

      August 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
    • Reality

      Kate,

      As previously noted:

      Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god. Tis the great angelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

      And ditto when we the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on us, we too will burn our bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fiction section of my reference library.

      August 23, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  6. Saladin

    Those who wouldn't want the Park 51 project to proceed, I can understand. However, because WANT isn't the same as CAN'T, the construction will proceed. Frankly, it's time to move along. The local commissions had a chance to stop it but didn't. There's no legal reason not to. Everything else is a matter of opinion, to which we're all entitled, but which doesn't constitute a legal barrier to the first amendment.

    August 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
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