July 20th, 2010
06:17 PM ET

Ad opposing Ground Zero mosque stirs emotions

CNN's Allan Chernoff talks to the man behind an ad aimed at keeping a mosque from being built near Ground Zero.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Islam

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  1. enricorosan

    If innocent Muslims were killed in a particular place I wonder how would their fellow worshipers and family members would feel if we built a church to honor them or plant a gigantic cross in the same ground where the slaughter took place ? I feel that what is happening near ground zero will forever drive a wedge between Muslims and non Muslims. Let us hope that nobody will seek to do something crazy to this so called "community center and Mosque" but if it happens I wouldn't be surprised at all. There are a lot of nut cases in every religion..Bottom line : all religions are evil most especially Islam the most evil and divisive of them all.

    August 3, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
  2. pianoman

    I agree with sealchan.

    July 24, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  3. pianoman

    I think that we should treat all religions equally! Don't forget that the United States has gone into Iraq and has killed dozens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of innocent people just to overthrow Saddam Hussein. We are almost as bad as they are! So all of you anti-Islamic people, look at your own side first and see what they have done before you criticize another group.

    July 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  4. sealchan

    It is truly sad to see so many confuse the terrorists with Muslims. The placement of a mosque near Ground Zero is a test of the American character. If we truly live and die for freedom then we will welcome it. If we choose ignorance and hatred, then we will reject it.

    July 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  5. Madmax808

    Listen up: Remember 9/11 – Do the right thing! Vote OUT any Politician that helps to Desecrate ground zero. Vote 'em out in November 2010!

    It is more like a PUNCH in the face to put a mosque near the 9/11 site. Are we to allow islam to spread and subdue us like it does across the limp-wristed/butt-kissing Europe?

    Mayor Bloomberg needs to find his balls, or grow a pair. He is the Neville Chamberlain of our age... But this time it is islam that is being appeased. "Peace in our time" was a stupid sissy move then, and it still is now. Zealots want us dead or converted by the sword & we cower in a weakened society that is too scared to even show a caricature of Mohamed?

    Putting a Mosque near the site of 9/11 is as WRONG as putting a Swastika-shrine next to Auschwitz: Never Again!

    July 22, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  6. Nathan USAF SSgt

    Building a mosque near ground zero is a spit in the face to all the americans that died that day. Yes most of the muslims will say they are nice people. But if you really don't see the big picture than you are blind and will slowly watch america rot into nothing. Muslims are trying to take over america and kill christianity. They will start with moving in, being friendly and building there so called peaceful mosques. But soon there will be so many that you will be forced to join their religion or you will be killed. Christians will be brought to the surfice as the bad and hateful religion. Why will this happen, because amercia is an arogant country and we are pushing God out more and more of this country that we were brought up on. You think america being the way it is pure luck. No, america started on God, backed Isreal, and we have been blessed. But the morte we let these mulims push us around the worse it is going to get. Starts with a mosque, next we will be forced to teach muslims in schools. It is sad to say but america is going to crash. It has to happen for the end times to come. It's all in the bible. So a mosque not a big deal? You make the decsion, if you are a true american you will pray that this will never happen.

    July 22, 2010 at 1:08 am |
    • peace2all

      @Nathan USAF SSgt...... I am assuming by your name that you are in the U.S. military(Air Force), and as such, I want to say 'thank you' for your service to our country..!

      I also want to respectfully suggest from what you wrote in your post.... "It is sad to say, but America IS going to crash."

      ****You are stating is as if it is an absolute fact.... SSgt Nathan, I sincerely hope that you are wrong.

      You also stated..."It HAS TO happen for the end times to come. It's all in the bible."

      ****Again, I would assert that you have set up a catch-22 for yourself as a true christian. i.e.... the end times have to come(they absolutely will), I believe you are suggesting.....Which, as you know, I hope that you are 'open-minded' enough to be wrong on that...!

      Because, if you are a christian, as I understand it, fervent believers in the bible strictly interpret the bible literally, and there is no deviation from what is stated.

      So, no amount of 'prayers' will actually ever stop this from coming as it is foretold in the bible. Yet, you suggest that if one is really a 'true' american, you will pray that this will never happen."....What ....the end times...? the end times in our lifetime...?

      It seems that you are suggesting that a mosque= brining on the fall of america and end times...

      I may be wrong here...and again, with all due respect......but it seems that you are contradicting yourself.

      And... I do sincerely hope that you are wrong about the bible and end of times.. and any fall of america.

      Spoken as a 'true american'...

      Peace to you SSgt Nathan....

      July 22, 2010 at 2:00 am |
  7. Toby

    Islam (not unlike Christianity) is a death cult. It seeks the destruction or subjugation of the non-believer and looks forward to the end of this world, where their deities of choice will supposedly administer divine justice, separating the "sheep from the goats" and condemning the infidel to eternal punishment. Civilization would be wise to wake up to these forces of monsterous barbarity and oppose them at every opportunity. Otherwise, religion may well be the undoing of our planet.

    July 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  8. Reality is what's wrong with the world

    Reality is always the first to comment on blogs about Islam because all he does is wait around for another opportunity to spread lies and hate. Don't trust him. He is so uneducated it is laughable, almost as laughable as the possibility that some people will believe his innacurracies.

    July 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
    • Reality

      Inaccuracies? Not if you read the latest koranic-atrocity that occurs 24/7 in the latest attempt of Muslims to dominate the globe e.g. KABUL, Afghanistan – Insurgents beheaded six policemen after attacking their checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, NATO said Wednesday.

      A summary: . Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the massacre in Mumbai, the assassinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      July 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  9. Enoch

    Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Erdogan who, on Jun 17, 2008 said, "Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers."

    The true test of religious tolerance and whether Islam supports freedom of religion is summed up in one question: Are Muslims free to leave Islam?

    If Muslims do not have the freedom to leave Islam and convert to Christianity, then Islam is not compatible with democracy. Period.

    The law of apostasy in Islam is crystal clear proof that Islam is not compatible with democracy. There are virtually no Muslim leaders anywhere in the world who have disavowed the Islamic law of apostasy. Including Muslim leaders in America.

    There are thousands of former Muslims in America who have become followers of Jesus Christ. Many of these have been threatened with death simply for exercising what truly is freedom of religion.

    If there is ever a place in the entire world and if there is ever a time in the history of Islam for Muslim leaders to do away with the law of apostasy, that place is America and the time is now.

    Yes, this is America, not Saudi Arabia, as many would say, so, until satanic phenomenons like apostacy are not settled, no single mosque should be allowed to be built anywhere in America. In fact, this is every man's obligation in any healthy and democratic state.

    July 21, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • Humble Muslim

      I am not a scholar but I have heard someone response to this argument and that is when a person leave Islam to practice other religion that's his right but when he or she goes and uses this to denounce Islam that's against his rights because he or she is not a traitor. What would US Govt. do to a CIA agent who is caught selling US secrets to Russia, what is his punishment death right that how in Islam when a person is not only leaving the religion but going to media and claim that he or she was Muslim and now following another religion and comes up with stories of his past to denounce the religious beliefs of billions of Muslims that’s when according to Islamic law his punishment is death. God knows best. I am sure if you dig in Torah and Bible you will find similar laws unless humans decided to change them.

      July 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Humble Muslim.. So, basically if one leaves the religion of Islam, and speaks out about it.... that warrants the punishment of the big D.......?

      Really...? And that is o.k with you...?


      July 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  10. Eric G

    If the center to be built is supposed to be one of peace, why can't the leaders of Islam, Christianity and Judaism get together to create a place where all can worship together? I think that would be a nice "olive branch" from local Islamic leaders and might change the views of some who oppose the current plans.

    July 21, 2010 at 9:05 am |
    • Reality

      Eric G, Why can't the leaders of Islam, Christianity and Judaism get together? Because each believes that they have the only gateway to heaven and follow their operating manuals to make their case. Unfortunately, said manuals contain passages like an eye for an eye and Islamic world domination by any means is approved by Allah.

      July 21, 2010 at 9:12 am |
    • Serita

      I agree with you. If it is a peace center, there should be a mosque, church, and temple next to eachother. In America we have freedom of Religion, and it is unconstitutional to bar someone from worshipping peacefully.

      July 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  11. Sheryl

    We ALL should research and know the history of these people. Get a backbone America because the government appears to have sold out. Khaled. If you can... be honest and admit that Islam is a political system as well and mind poison. Yes.. I am using my freedom of speech. I don't care who you pray to. However, a system that kills/tortures the members that leave their "faith" is purely barbaric. I won't forget the slaughtered 3000 people of 9/11. I won't forget the tears and anguish of Americans on that day. While Muslims were laughing and shouting "Death to Americans!" I surely will never stand for a slap in the face from Muslims that want to infect the world with their venom. The people of England are already aware of how "peaceful" Islam is to outsiders. No No No....It is time for you to be tollerant and practice some patience.

    July 21, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  12. Tommie

    New Yorkers should wonder how the mosque got approved in the first place. With so little fanfare. Did Bloomberg or others sneak it through? Plus why they picked Ground Zero. Besides to gloat. Can also figure a lot of muslims will visit to oogle and fantasize. But certainly those folks will be in the minority. Plus New Yorkers are not completely helpless to help the muslims also learn to avoid going postal over the various provocations people might dream up and to learn tolerance instead. Which could on for years and years and years. Since have to be patient.

    July 21, 2010 at 6:03 am |
  13. Khaled

    I am a proud observant Muslim American and I love my country because of what it has done for me. I went to school here and have close American friends. Don't you dare associate me with the heinous crimes of 911. You have no right to connect me to those murderous cowards. Don't deny me my right to practice my religion because of what some terrorists did. I don't practice their philosophy. Don't tell me my religion espouses violence. I know what my religion says, and it is definitely not condone violence. Don't you dare deny me my constitutional right as an American citizen to practice my religion as I see fit, in a Mosque I saved up to build, whether its two block from ground zero or anywhere else. Don't you dare walk on my rights. Who's rights are you going to limit next?

    July 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
    • Eric G

      "I know what my religion says, and it is definitely not condone violence." Well, the terrorists claim that they "knew" what their religion said too. You are treading on their rights to practice their religion the way they see fit. If you read the book and see peace and harmony, they read the same book and see hatred and violence. The point is, neither of you can prove that your belief is the right one because it is all about your own interpretation. This divide exists within all religions. This is why I feel that all religions are a threat to our safety.

      July 21, 2010 at 9:13 am |
    • temitayo

      the brother of my friend was a muslim firefighter who tried to dig those poor people out of the rubble on 9/11. But I guess by your standards his superiors should not have put him in the field of action that day, because eventhough he had a stellar feild record, he could be trusted just because he was a muslim. Now thankfully his commanding officers were smarter than that, but if they were not, more 9/11 victims would have died as a result of their stupidity. you put to much faith in labels. I'm a Christian, but you could still study all the categories of Christian faith for decades, and still know nothing about me or the countless numbers of christians in America. My next door neighbors are muslim, can you tell what types of people they are and what they do? Since your smart enough to pass judgment on billions of people without meeting a singlr one of them.

      July 21, 2010 at 11:06 am |
    • Reality

      Muslims pass judgement on themselves as they continue the 24/7 koranic terror and horror campaign against non-believers in the Muslim myths of talking angels aka pretty, wingie thingies and Mohammed who "heard" those words of world domination by any means.

      July 22, 2010 at 3:19 am |
    • temitayo

      can you tell me where this 24 hour campaign of terror is happening reality? I live in a town with a signifigant muslim population, and as far as I can tell no mass killings or beheadings have happened. I have also been to several countries in the middle east and in Africa (Nigeria, turkey, Eygpt, and Syria) and I never saw any government funded mass killings of non-muslims.
      The 24 hour campaign of terror your talking about mostly occur in countries that are war torn and impoverished. the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo currently are experiencing the world's deadliest war since War World 2, but the conflict in the Congo is neigher Islam related or religion related.

      July 22, 2010 at 9:30 am |
    • Reality

      And why are our troops still in Iraq? The 24/7 blood-letting, "refugee making" civil war between the Muslim Sunnis supported by the Saudi Arabia "Wannabees" and the Muslim Shiites supported by the terror theocracy of Iran whose significantly stupid ancient koranic feud continues over whose "spiritual leader" is the direct descendent of one hallucinating, womanizing, warmongering Arab named Mohammed!!! And "liberal" Muslims like temitayo
      question our concern about Muslim violence ????????????????????????????

      More Islamic "niceties":

      "Al-Sistani was apparently referring to Abdullah bin Jabrain, a key member of Saudi Arabia's clerical establishment, who last month joined a chorus of other senior figures from the hardline Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam that regards Shiites as infidels.

      Bin Jabrain described Shiites as "the most vicious enemy of Muslims."

      July 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
    • temitayo

      the fact remains that people have killed each other for alot of reasons in history. hundreds died in Sierra leone over fighting for the country's mineral resources. In the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge killed thousands in Cambodia trying to find fictional CIA agents in the country's villages. just as many cillvilians have died trying to bring democracy to a region, as the number of cillvilians who died trying to bring communism to a region. hundreds of Armenians were killed just because they were suspected of being spies in World War 1. People killing each other over religion is over the tip of the iceberge, Stalin was an atheist but he still managed to find a reason to send millions of people to their doom durring his dictatorship

      July 22, 2010 at 11:02 am |
    • Mar

      Eric, we are not treading on their rights "as they see fit." Your rights end where my personal safety begins.
      Building a mosque won't kill you. Bombing a building will.

      His interpretation rejects violence. As 99.99999% of Muslim Americans' does.
      He is therefore welcome to practice his religion as he sees fit.

      July 22, 2010 at 11:04 am |
    • Reality

      temitayo, Hmmm, so Stalin killed millions gives Islam the right to follow in his footsteps?

      Once again:

      Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

      Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

      Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

      Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

      Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.- from the Secrets of the Koran

      July 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  14. Paul F

    Ground Zero should be a memorial to all of the men and women who perished in the 911 attack, period. If certain factions of Islam wish to participate in a healing process (and they all most certainly do NOT), they should be encouraged to do so.

    These "non-extremist" factions have not earned the right to be honored at a Ground Zero memorial site. Given the fact that Islamic extremist factions were behind the 911 attacks, placing a mosque at the site of ground zero is inappropriate and obscene. Mayor Michael Bloomberg should be ashamed of his poor judgment and lack of leadership in supporting this.

    Let the healing process continue. It will take time. A non-denominational center for faith-based dialog would make much more sense for this memorial. Placing a mosque on this burial site will only serve to polarize New York City and the nation further.

    We need to nurture understanding among Muslims, Jews, Christians and other religious groups. There will be many opportunities to achieve this. Ground Zero should remain a memorial to the victims and a celebration of their lives. That should be the single focus for this site.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  15. Concerned

    May we instead build a faith center that welcomes all faiths to worship in the same location and promote inter-religious cooperation? I believe all true Americans, those who value freedom of expression over intolerance, would welcome such a gester and idea. The idea that these attacks brought us together, not further apart. We must not welcome one faith there, but all.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  16. artcohn

    A Moslem is not just person of the Islamic "pursuasion", but a person committed to the goal of Islam's victoriy over all other religions and ways of living. Locating the giant Mosque near ground zero is a marker of a victory towards that goal.

    July 20, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
    • Humble Muslim

      This is only in the spirit of what's good for me is good for fellow brothers and sisters in humanity. Its about conveying the message and that's all. Remember there are no more Prophets to come Jesus Peace and blessings of God be upon him will come back on earth as a enforcer of the last message. Islam is not a new religion it's the last message from God which He himself promised to protect. We humans tend to differ in everything we don't like to do. Do not look at non practicing Muslims who are after their desires and who have forgotten that their job is not to enforce the message it's only to deliver it. Guidance comes from God not from human beings. Buildings or Scholars don't guide people it's God's Will who ever He wants to guide He guides them. If we don't show the utmost love and respect to other beliefs we Muslims will never be able to deliver the real message of God. May God help us purify our hearts so we can look beyond our desires. God is one and He is the most Meciful. Show mercy to his creation if you want HIm to be merciful on the day of judgement. I wish the terrorist and the rest of us who are throwing stones at each other ponder upon this. No one is getting anywhere by killing innocent people nor the terrorist not the armies. Lets spread love and suppress hatred that's the of God.

      July 21, 2010 at 11:14 am |
    • Reality

      Apparently Humble Muslim was also visited by the mythical Gabriel. And I believe the Mormons have cornered the prophet market so where does that put Mohammed and Jesus these days?

      July 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
    • pianoman

      Most Muslims are peaceful people, who are not dedicated to destroy all other religions. Islam is a peaceful religion, and the name of Islam is being smeared by political extremists, who really aren't true Muslims in my opinion. I support the building of the mosque near Ground Zero, as long as it's not right where the World Trade Center was.

      July 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Reality

    Why there should be no mosques anywhere on the face of the planet:

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the massacre in Mumbai, the assassinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    July 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
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