August 2nd, 2010
06:27 PM ET

NY panel to vote on landmark status for ground zero mosque site

By Allan Chernoff, CNN Senior Correspondent

New York (CNN) - The building slated to house a proposed Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero leads Tuesday's agenda for a meeting of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The 11 commissioners will vote whether to grant landmark status to 45-47 Park Place. It and an adjoining building are owned by real estate developer Soho Properties which intends to build an Islamic center two blocks north of Ground Zero.

Watch the commission's vote now on CNN.com Live

While the public vote has been the focus of much debate about the planned Islamic center and mosque, the commission cannot prevent the developers from building such a community center. The commission, by designating the building a landmark, can only prevent Soho Properties from demolishing the building or significantly altering its exterior.

"We will continue going forward with the project. It's a project that will build bridges," said Oz Sultan, spokesperson for the Cordoba Initiative, the organization behind the planned center that says it is "committed to promoting positive interaction between the Muslim world and the West."

Cordoba opposes landmark status for the five-story building because it would like to build a taller, modern building. "It's not minarets," said Sultan, who described a mock-up of the proposed center as consistent with the latest architecture found in New York City.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and other city leaders support the Islamic center.

Opponents, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, have argued against a mosque being so close to the scene of the nation's worst terrorist attack.

"Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing," tweeted Palin last month on her Twitter account.

The Anti-Defamation League, an organization that battles anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, is asking for the Islamic center and mosque to be built further away from Ground Zero in consideration of families who lost loved ones during the September 11, 2001, attacks. "Building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain - unnecessarily - and that is not right," said the organization in a statement.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission points out its decision has nothing to do with the planned use of the structure.

"The purpose of tomorrow's vote is to decide whether the building has a special character or special historical or aesthetic interest or value as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of New York City, New York State or the nation," commission spokeswoman Elisabeth de Bourbon said Monday.

Most recently a Burlington Coat Factory retailer, 45-47 Park Place was completed in 1858. The Landmarks Commission describes it as "a prominent example of the store and loft structures that dominated the dry goods warehouse districts of Lower Manhattan" during the era.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Islam • New York • Politics • United States

soundoff (702 Responses)
  1. Imnotdeadyet16

    Putting a mosque near the site isn't such a big deal. The DEAD don't give a damn what happens on earth. Lucky them....

    August 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
    • ProudMuslim


      August 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
    • er

      Their families do care.

      August 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  2. buck

    let them build it....Then have every newyorker go inside when its time to worship....we are all invited right.....

    August 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
    • Kobe

      Oh yeah once they build the mosque all the infidels (us) are welcome with open arms! Come on in! This is a free country and everyone is welcome to practice religion – and then watch them slam the door in your face. Hahahaha. You ppl are so ignorant. You think they'll let us infidels into their precious mosque? Morons...

      August 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
    • ProudMuslim



      August 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      Kobe, I was stationed in Qatar for nearly 5 years.
      I was invited to visit a mosque quite a few times and they KNEW i was an "unbeliever", or as you'd call it, an "infidel".
      Actually, that is a private joke between my best friend, who is a Saudi and myself.
      He's the heathen and I'm the infidel.
      We laughed at the stupidity of people while we drank the haram late into the evening while his father just drank another round and shook his head chuckling.
      Oh, HE was also supporting our war effort.
      Don't let extremists fool you, either christian or islam. Extremists bad, literalists bad. Repeat that a few times as penance.

      August 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Rob

    Those of you (Robin Bray) who can somehow justify the murder of 3,000 Americans because America has blood on our hands are flat out nuts. You have no understanding of the world. In case you have not figured this out, sitting in a circle smoking a peace pipe is not the end goal for jihadists. They view that as weakness and only want to attack you more. Plain and simple – they want to kill you, me, and every other American.
    This whole project is the equivalent of poking the bear. They build a mosque next to ground zero. – did they have to do this? No. They called it the Cordoba mosque, which is named after the first mosque on conquered territory in Europe (Spain). Did they have to name this mosque after a mosque built on conquered territory? It could have been the Islamic peace and freedom center instead it is the conquerors mosque placed at the site of the attack. Finally, they add the final insult of opening it on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The bottom line is that this is a direct and deliberate insult.
    Given this fact, perhaps we can file a class action lawsuit against the Cordoba initiative for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Maybe we cannot stop them from building this insult through appropriate political channels, but we can take away their funds through litigation. Welcome to America – get yourself a lawyer….

    August 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
    • Doba

      This is a remarkable misrepresentation of the Cordoba Initiative – which is named because Cordoba was a place where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony (pretty amazing for the Medieval era). Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is not an extremist, but someone who vocally opposes extremists, and is very pro-American. He's building the mosque and cultural center to show that Muslims reject the 9/11 criminals and want to integrate into American society.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm |
    • er

      @ Doba:
      "Córdoba (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkorðoβa]; also Cordova; Qurṭuba قرطبة) is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. An Iberian and Roman city in ancient times, in the Middle Ages it was capital of an Islamic caliphate."

      August 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  4. db

    Think about this, who they going to get to build it? Do you think any NY construction worker will touch it? Some how I doubt it. So what do they get, a structure. Then it is time for the NYC code enforcement to go in and find everything that is wrong with it and not issue a certificate of occupancy until they choose to sell and move their shrine to the Terrorist Hijackers to the NYC dump where it belongs.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • Omar

      Actually, I'm pretty sure NYC construction workers would love to build it.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
    • Amanda

      Well said Omar. With the economy so bad and unemployment so high, I don't think they'll have a problem. I know you think that everyone will band together to boycott based on their principles. But when you get right down to it, it seems to me that principles in this country nowadays are like jobs – basically non-existent.

      August 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
    • Kurt

      yeah, it is a good thing no muslims know how to use a hammer....LOL

      August 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
    • nonreligousamerican

      i would rather be homeless and hungry on the street than have my hands tainted with muslim dirt

      August 3, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  5. Brett

    Perhaps if there had been a mosque inside the WTC, the extremist wackos would have decided to crash the planes elsewhere. Let the peaceful Muslims come. Who cares? Let the Arab world see what we think of peaceful Muslims. Let them see that we can distinguish. Or can we?

    August 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  6. Miner

    When you build Mosques or anything that gathers 50 muslims in 1 place, what you think the outcome will be, they will bring some Sheikh that will start brain washing ppl. and they will start planning terrorist attacks right here in NEW YORK

    August 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • FromChicago

      Well said. A Mosque is a place which promotes hate ... I have hundreds of Muslim friends who never seem to think that 9/11 was wrong. They believe that Jews was behind this attack.... They live in this country, send their kids to muslim schools, and always pray for bad things to happen to people with other religions and this country ...........

      August 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
  7. 101news

    While we are able, albeit time is against us, let us all be steadfast in preventing the fast islamization of North America and Europe. ISLAM IS THE TRUE COUNTERFEIT. It is a twisted, violent and blood thirsty ideology. The changing face of America from the the face of the lamb to the face of the beast is now becoming clear. Our business and politcal leaders have seered their conscience from doing what is morally right; instead they succombed themselves to greed and self-interest. Fellow Christians we may now be the remnant minority in this country, but let keep trying, while we are able, to share and remind our friends and families that the United States' founder fathers were devoted Christians, NOT ISLAMISTS whose sole desire is to make this country a beacon of light to the world though our Christian beliefs and western ideals. We welcome all ethnicities and all peoples of all backgound to make this country their home, but they must learn to assimilate and must not impose upon us their Asiatic, Middle eastern or African way of thinking.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • Genomecop

      Are you the mother in CARRIE?

      August 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm |
    • Kobe

      Good to hear some common sense! Not much of that going on here today!

      August 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
    • Amanda

      ..........so in other words, we should be a beacon of light – but only to those whom you see fit? I want to point out all the flaws and contradictions in that comment, but I don't even know where to begin.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
    • LRD

      If you do just a little bit of actual study you will find that the founding fathers were not devout christians in any way and in fact most were agnostics. Jefferson published a version of the New Testament with all the hocus pocus taken out with just the teachings of kindness, charity, etc. All of which we can learn and practice without the existence of gods, which was his point.
      Why don't you make better use of yourself by trying to get all the catholic churches torn down that are near a victim of priest molestation. Don't forget that people commit atrocities in the name of all idealogies out there. Once we stop indoctrinating our children and throw off the shackles of all religion then we can live in peace.

      August 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
    • 4thofJulybaby

      Hey Amanda – let's send you to the middle east and you can report back how well you are treated as a woman? What say you?

      August 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  8. Tommie

    One of the engines from the Northbound aircraft crashed through the roof of the Burlington Coat Factory building. Additionally the building was filled with debris from the collapse of the Towers. This means the building is in Ground Zero and that saying it is not is a ruse. Opening the building on 09/11/11 also shows motive. The aircraft engine sanctified the building for radical Islam.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • DanW

      Well said. They are very good at ruses. But then their god is the greatest of all lirs. Says so in the Qur'an. "Wa makaroo, wa makara Allahu, wa Allah khair al-makrina" (And the deceived and Allah deceived and Allah i steh greats of decievers.)" ~~ Surah 3:54

      August 3, 2010 at 4:05 am |
  9. me

    They are just asking for trouble.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
    • mick..

      I am sure trouble will come from this. We are not even asking them to not build it just build it farther away.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  10. mick..

    I have to agree with you. Ok so they want a building that's fine but I really want to know why do they want it near the 9/11 site?
    The u.s.a. is killing it self and lots of people trying to be politically correct, making EVERYONE happy. They need to find a solid ground and live by it, like it or not. EVERY other country does. I can almost bet if you enter another country you are not ask to press on for english. The u.s.a. need to find a solid ground we are slipping away.......

    August 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
    • William D

      Mick – If other countries are "Politically Incorrect" for whatever "incorrect" means, then its fine and dandy. But when the USA does it, somehow we are racist, bigots and oppressive. Fact is, I think we have done well enough for the world, both good and bad to finally say, "EFF YOU ALL! We are our own country, and if you dont like it, then break all ties with us, of course that means no more economy, no more protection and certainly deportation of your illegal peoples who are here" And of course when we do that, maybe the world will give us a friggen break and think how much worse it could be.... It could have been a Communist world in the 50's and it still can be if China has its way, and I guarantee China wont bail anyone out!

      August 3, 2010 at 1:35 am |
      • castmembersonly

        I'll just take the "eff you all" part. I'm willing start right there.............

        August 3, 2010 at 3:39 am |
        • DangerMouse

          I'm willing to be "effed". What's it like? Is it fun?

          August 3, 2010 at 3:50 am |
    • Edwin

      mick: my understanding is that this has been in the works for quite some time. They probably want that particular building because it is extremely hard to find buildings in New York that are available for renovation/demolition.

      If you want to donate another building site to them (that is in a comparable part of town), I imagine they'd jump at the chance. But I'm going to guess you have no other site in mind - you just want them to disappear...

      August 3, 2010 at 2:39 am |
    • mary

      Because, the "great melting" pot is a myth..I idealistic idea but never came to pass..What we have in the United States are little countries within the country..
      We are a country that is becoming divided by people who come here . Not to become American but to try to rebuild the country they left within the safety of ours..We have too many who never left their love or their loyalty behind..
      They do not come to be "Americans" anymore.

      August 3, 2010 at 2:41 am |
      • mary

        I am talking about the majority. It is absolutely true, their loyalty lies in their own country..If they could prosper there, they would have stayed.

        August 3, 2010 at 2:47 am |
        • Emma the Grey

          I'm sorry, what? Whose own country? What on earth are you talking about? You get that there are lots of American muslims, right?

          August 3, 2010 at 2:54 am |
        • castmembersonly

          A real contradiction in terms. American = lover of freedom for all. Muslim = believer in destruction of all who are not in the club!

          August 3, 2010 at 3:36 am |
        • Emma the Grey

          You have no idea what you are talking about.

          August 3, 2010 at 3:39 am |
        • John

          I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess your a Democrat...or am I wrong and have no idea what I'm talking about? You sure like to tell everyone how wrong they are but at the same time you offer no solutions or ideas of your own...typical Democrat

          August 3, 2010 at 7:52 am |
        • ymalik11

          Might I ask? What sources is your comment based on? Your ignorance and narrow minded view of Islam?

          August 3, 2010 at 4:20 am |
        • ymalik11

          Might I ask? What sources is your comment based on? Your narrow minded view of Islam?

          August 3, 2010 at 4:21 am |
        • Zainab

          quite wrong you are, dear. Islam is actually the only faith (when practiced genuinely) that is accepting of other religions. Go open a Qur'an and look at Surah #2 - it states plainly that it is accepting of Jews and Christians - what other religion says this in its holy book??????? By the way, I converted to Islam AFTER 9/11 and one of the reasons I converted was because of this OPENNESS. So take that.

          August 3, 2010 at 7:55 am |
        • jean

          Sure this is why when you go to Saudi Arabia you cannot bring a bible or any other things related to other religions. Cut the crap . I have been there and Islam has nothing peaceful.

          August 3, 2010 at 8:14 am |
        • DangerMouse

          I definitely agree with mary. She is pointing out the very negative side effects of having a "melting pot" of immigrants. We have no common culture, no common values, no common religion, and no common sense of things.
          It is why so many facets of American culture are so messed up in so many ways.
          Add all the psychological response mechanisms of any and all cult members, and you have this mess. This totally ridiculous mess.
          People have got to stop acting like the world will Fit in the Procrustean bed of their religious delusions. Geez.

          August 3, 2010 at 3:21 am |
        • Emma the Grey

          You could not be more wrong. That is all.

          August 3, 2010 at 3:29 am |
  11. black_label

    Brad I totally agree with you. There are lots of muslims on this blog with fake names pretending to be Chrisitian. No mosque should be built in US period. Send them all back to Medina.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
    • Emma the Grey

      Umm, why?

      August 3, 2010 at 1:00 am |
  12. black_label

    Well said. Totally agree with you.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  13. JP

    i agree with the ADL, the islamist center SHOULD be built in NYC because it most definately will promote peace and the proper way to study islam....should it ever be found that it doesn't it should be destroyed

    however it should not be built so close to the WTC because that's just irresponsible and irrational, it will be a center for provocation instead of a center for healing and you will see it become a battleground of ideology

    the owners should realize that building a mosque/islamist center so close to the old WTC is not in their best interests nor is it in the best interest of NYC, i have no problems with mosques and people who want to be able to worship their religion in our country, i do have a problem when a radical portion of their religion goes and destroys two buildings and 11 years later a monument/building that is to honor and preserve the same religion is built on the graves of those who died at the hand of the extremists of that specific religion....it's uncalled for and the owners should have more consideration for the families and loved ones of those who died and sell the property they bought and find someplace else to build their sanctuary.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
    • Omar

      What do you mean "Islamist center"? There's no evidence at all that this place will promote terrorism. It's a mosque and a community center, that's it. You're saying it shouldn't be built because a some knuckleheads are prejudiced against Muslims. Have you even been to downtown Manhattan? It's a crowded place – two blocks is a lot of real estate. I'd like your non-Muslim zone to be more defined. What's too close? 4 blocks? 5 blocks? I like how some people complain that moderate Muslims won't speak out, but when they do they're treated like 2nd class citizens.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • Tamashi Shinto

      Omar: How eaxctly are you being treated as 2nd class citizens? Are moslems being denied to build any places of worship anywhere in america? As for this place, are you so blind to the sensitivities that you just want to play the victim card instead of seeing what it is? You say i am being discriminated against because i cant build a mosque over here, whereas achurch/synagogue/temple wouldnt have raised an issue, i ask you who is to blame for that? If after 9/11 there was a global islamic movekmt to repudiate and tarnish the islamists and ake them persona non grata (and the picture of muslims celbrating on TV, not xtremists didnt help either) , people would hav ebeen more receptive. A person like Pat Robertson (who is a loud mouthed bigot but hasnt killed anyone by terror) is treated as a parih in th mainstream by his fellow christians. If the 1+ billion moderates had done the same FORCEFULLY after 9/11 this would have been a different world.

      August 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • DangerMouse

      JP, you're asking for consideration from people who are just in it for the money? In America? The owners and builders will do what money tells them to do.
      What if someone paid you a million dollars to go away and stop railing against this mosque? Would you take the money?

      August 3, 2010 at 1:58 am |
  14. mike

    @amanda. Fantastic reply.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  15. Kobe

    Don't muslims kill those who convert to Christianity in their countries? Aren't bibles banned in some Muslim countries? Would they ever let us build a church somewhere near their sacred places? Muslims are a bunch of hypocrites and are frankly not welcome here – period. Go back to your stone age countries with your sharia laws and your loud speaker mosques and your brain washing.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
    • nick

      Gee i hope your Not Kobe Bryant because I like him and you are just too stupid to be him so why dont you do your homework before you make a comment and remember that this is a SUPPOSED free country. So technically they can build it. To not do so makes us just as bad. DOESNT IT???????? And by the way those countries that may do what your doing ...they are religious states, we are not so you cant compare us to them.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
    • Kobe

      Yeah wait till they come in droves and then demand sharia law. Have you heard of what's going on over in UK already? Sorry you're so ignorant oh well. BTW I have no issues with any other religion. I haven't seen any buddhists, jews, hindus or anyone else attack our homeland. But go ahead and be ignorant is suites you.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
    • Stop Islam

      Kobe.... Well said. No mosque should be allowed in USA. Stop islamazition of USA.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
    • UTJoey

      @nick how please tell me what other groups are killing ppl in the name of religion? Muslims get away with as much as they can in other countries to spread their hate and THEIR bigotry. When it comes to their home countries they wouldn't tolerate any other religion than their own; for Christ sake they stone woman for adultery

      August 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
    • Rebecca

      Kobe, you're right. As a Muslim, I should go back to my country.

      Except... I was born and raised in The United States of America. So unless you want to force me to go back to the state of Georgia, where I was born, I think I'll continue to live in my current state.

      Oh, and by the way, the Muslim country my mom came from, Indonesia, allows Christians, as well as other religions, to practice freely.

      August 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
    • Tom

      Rebecca wrote: "the Muslim country my mom came from, Indonesia, allows Christians, as well as other religions, to practice freely."
      At a federal level perhaps – not so at a local level in the following case:

      Jakarta (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Police demolished a residential building in Bogor (West Java) that regularly hosted a house church. Police also detained, interrogated and released ten people, Compass Direct News (CDN) reported.

      Last Monday, police raided a house used for worship by Narogong Pentecostal Church in the village of Limusnunggal, Cileungsi sub-district. The action was followed by clashes between agents and worshippers. The building was eventually torn down and ten people arrested.

      “Local residents, including non-Christians, had accepted the presence of the church,” said local Block Captain Junaedi Syamsudin, “but a group called the Forum of the Muslim Brotherhood of Limusnunggal has worked since 2008 to have the church eliminated.”

      August 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
    • Tom

      Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A group of 500 Islamic extremists blocked Christians from the Huria Protestant Church (Hkbp) in a field where the Sunday service was taking place. The incident occurred last July 18 in the city of Pondok Timur in Mustika Jaya subdistrict, district of Bekasi (West Java).

      Muslims blocked all routes to prevent Christians leaving the field and began to insult them, terrorizing them. The group of Protestant believers pray outdoors because their hall for religious functions was closed on the grounds that it was illegal.

      August 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
    • Mandel

      I'm on Kobe's side. They still going to stone that woman to death in Iran?

      August 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
    • Kobe


      Sorry you were born into such a crappy religion. There are lots of buddhists, jews, hindus, mormons that were born here. I still haven't seen them saw heads off people, stone women to death for nothing more than looking at a man wrong, kill for converting to anything but islam, fly planes into buildings, attack christians in their own countries, develope nukes in order to wipe out the infidel or christian, blow up women and children, hide behind women and children and use them as human shields, I could go on and on and on – all day. If muslims could just shut the eff up and practice their religion like everyone else we wouldn't be talking about this right now. There's lots of very nice muslims that do – but unfortunately lots of other muslims are screwing it up for you. You want me to be on your side? I suggest you rise up and protest your own kind. Take to the streets like they do all over the mideast when something doesn't go their way.

      When 9/11 happened you all sat on your hands. You know what I saw? Images of muslims all over the world celebrating in the streets after my fellow americans were slaughtered in those towers.


      August 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
    • castmembersonly

      If you wear your religion like a costume, and you swear to die while bringing down those who don't subscribe to your philosophy, and you are blind to your own faults and hypocrisies but feed a fire of hatred for other cultures and points of view... you have no place in this beautiful country. No way, not ever! All this stupid comparison to McVeigh is assinine. One man on crack...or millions on a mission of death and the annihilation of life and freedom .

      August 3, 2010 at 3:15 am |
  16. nick


    August 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  17. nick

    Amanda. You are so right.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  18. Amanda

    And you've read the Koran? Or are you just regurgitating what someone else has told you?

    August 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
    • Highlander97

      To Amanda,
      Yes, I've read the stupid Koran. It was required reading for me at the time. So regurgitate on that. Maybe you need to learn how to read. LOL.

      August 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
      • Alaiq

        I can see that you are very stupid, that is why you did not understand the value of the Holly Quran. Quran is not for every silly person.

        August 3, 2010 at 12:08 am |
        • DangerMouse

          Alaiq, you are in danger of being thought a fool. What does your Quran say about fools who speak without knowledge?

          August 3, 2010 at 12:23 am |
    • Steve

      I admit I haven't. I prefer the al qaeda training manual. It's just faboo!

      August 3, 2010 at 2:01 am |
    • Vinny Randy

      I wish I can read Korean like you.

      August 3, 2010 at 2:54 am |
  19. Mary

    Well, why not a synagogue, a church and a mosque. Or an internation house of worship? I think this should make everyone happy.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
    • Genomecop

      How about an International House Of Pancakes?

      August 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
    • Margaret

      @ GenomeCop. LOL!

      August 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
    • JP

      why hasn't anyone ever thought to just save some land and build chruches, synaggouges and mosques all in one building, of course seperate them appropriately but why not have one big structure for all 3 faiths....since they are all people of the cloth and they are all worshipping the same god (the koran recognizes the jews and the christians and their god as being the same god, only difference is who his prophet was)

      August 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
    • Margaret

      @ JP You're idea of having the religions together is a cool one and can be seen in action in Silver Spring, MD along New Hampshire Ave. There must be at least 20 -25 different religious buildings over the course of about 7 or 8 miles. Among them: a classical red brick Methodist church, a copper domed mosque with minarets, a Buddhist temple right out of Cambodia, and a Ukrainian Orthodox Church with onion domes. Somehow everyone seems to worship in peace, even if the traffic does get a bit much on the weekends.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
    • ProudMuslim



      August 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
    • nonreligousamerican

      You know instead of building bombs and spreading the radical muslim ways you could get a real job and buy a new keyboard...

      August 3, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  20. Bobin Ray

    The people building this might gain more from building a place devoted to promoting diversity among people. The focus could commemorate the lives of those lost in the cowardly acts on 9-11. The place could be Islamic in principal yet direct its use to the idea that not all Muslims are terrorists. Personally I think the current idea is an activist stunt, and a slap in the face. The world knows the sensitivity of this issue.. it's a no brainer that it would spark anger and opposition. What peace lies in that?

    August 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
    • nick

      Why dont you just go there and find out for yourself. Mosques are open to all. And they dont even charge.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
    • Bobin Ray

      If it were up to me I'd build a homeless shelter. Over the door would be a sign that says " The New Colossus "

      Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

      With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

      Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

      A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

      Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

      Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

      Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

      The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

      "Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

      With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

      August 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.