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August 11th, 2010
03:11 PM ET

CNN poll: Most oppose mosque near Ground Zero

A proposed mosque to be built two blocks from the World Trade Center has little support nationwide, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll suggests.

According to the new survey out Wednesday, nearly 70 percent of all Americans oppose the controversial plan to build the mosque just blocks away from the solemn site in lower Manhattan while just 29 percent favor the construction.

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  1. Jemes

    Wherever Islam conquer, they have a minaret or symbol that signifies the event. The mosque near the former WTC is just another attempt in that direction using a policy of Taqiya. The problem with Islam it is not a religion. It is a quasi-religious political movement that dream of world dominance, as the so called prophet dreamed of revelations under some narcotic influence, I guess. Who knows? The prophet himself was a desert robber, married an under-aged girl, and killed thousands of people for their faith. His hatred for Jews, Christians and infidels made me think him as a monster. His principle of Taqiya (Fool the infidels if the infidels are large in number) is one of his main holy war ideology. I don't believe such a monster should be called a prophet. or messenger of peace. I think he was a dangerous robber and would have been hanged or shot by firing squad, had he been alive today. What liberty for a race, that consider half of its population like animals? Why should any body should think about liberty of a cult that practice dogmatism, racism(Kafir), and inhuman treatment to women and children? If the mosque is really a healing touch, then why the messengers of peace insist on having it near the WTC, when thousands of relatives of victims oppose it and call it a slap on their face?

    August 11, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  2. FrankinNJ

    Build the Mosque, but build it somewhere else. I really haven't seen a poll that says NO mosque building. So please before you get all in a hissy fit, look at what people are asking. Move the site a simple 2 miles away. Thats is still the same community.

    If you can show me any sane person who is saying never another mosque built in NYC, I'll take back what I said. If the Mosque builders move their site to a respectful distance away, my respect for Muslims will go way up and I will apologize about questioning their motives. Becuae they will have shown the same respect they are asking for.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Kent Hanz

    Have you ever visited the middle east or any of the arab/muslim countries? Look at Egyt, kuwait and other arab countries... they too have churches...

    August 11, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
    • rodel

      @kent, have you ever been to Saudi arabia? i guess not .... church services here are done in the underground ... christian worshippers are arrested and detained whenever a church is found

      August 12, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  4. slobodan

    I think the ground zero mosque can only be build once churches can be built in arab world, or the construction of churches in various areas with moslem population have not been hindered by the moslems.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  5. carina lobel-west

    .... if you build it they will come .... the destruction will continue. America wake up !!!!! it's not about the masses needing a home, it's about the take over of this beloved land of ours !!!!! Who owns The Chrysler building now ? how about The Empire State Building? and so on .... sad. But I guarantee that if in fact this does get built, it won't stand long, the people of NYC won't allow it. It is a slap in the face of all that died and their families and friends !!!! How dare they?

    August 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  6. Tamashi Shinto

    Firstly i am agnostic now on this issue, wha bugs me is the lies that they are spouting abt building this center. Build it , but pls dont lie abt the intentions and sugar oat it with BS. Just ask urselves this question, its been 9 years since 9/11, in these 9 years why havent they built any such "multi million dollar building bridges" anywhere in the USA? If this center was uilt in i dunno LA, Chicago, Detroit , nobody would have blinked an eyelid. If building bridges were ur true intention, why would anyone choose a site that u know would cause heartburn and controversy. Money aint a problem after all they have 100 million in their bank, there's plenty of land they own, but they never thought to build one anywhere in the USA, but thought it fit to build close to WTC, knowing full well the controversy it would create? That calls into question ther motiv behind this. I am all for building whateva u pls, but dont lie and give BS abt builing bridges etc, ur actions dont lie.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  7. MS

    What if a different group of people object to the mosque anywhere in manhattan and yet another one to ny city....this can go on and on...where is the freedom of religion going and why always people compare this country with middle eastern countries where there is no democracy or limited democracy. the moment america is declared a christian nation then other religions will stop building their religious places.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
  8. Kris

    It is ridiculous that Muslim nations get the green card so quick when compared with other nations like China, India and other nations unlike Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh, Saudi, Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, OMAN and UAE. These guys get the permanent residency in a few years like 3 or 4 years. These nations are the hub for terrorism. If you ask any liberal politician, he will not give straight answer to a stright question. He bullies around and comes up with some stuipd answer justifying the quick permanent residency for these nations...lol

    August 11, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  9. joab

    I think it's an unwise idea to wanting to built a mosque anywhere near the ground zero. While there are a lot of moderate muslims, the perpetrators of 9/11 claimed proudly that they did it in the name of islam. Instead of putting a fight to have the mosque being built across the street, even if it's within 2,4 blocks, muslims should put a fight to condemn violence all over the world in the name of their religion, preach some crusades to talk about peace.
    Those who decide to built the mosque at any cost, are displaying the same pattern of insensitivity used by radical violent muslims. They don't care about the victims of 9/11's feelings, they don't care about what anybody says. Perhaps they think that's the will of Allah, and MUST be done regardless. But the burden of proof is, this is The United States of America. Here we take care of our own. Americans Do Notwant the mosque to be built there. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever...
    9/11 is alive in our memory for ever...we will Never forget. Nonetheless we don't hate. We are better than that. But please have some respect for our families, friends, who were murdered, distroyed, senselessly in the name of islam.
    Peace on earth!

    August 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  10. Dave Solis

    The insistence of building a mosque near ground zero is a clear sign of arrogance and ignorance of muslims. I'm atheist btw. How is somebody build a gay bar next to the mosque??

    August 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  11. dileep

    why are they so adamant not to move from that place and build at some other place if their plan cultural
    and interfaith diologues and such things . i dont think that their real intentions are what they say

    August 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  12. Andrew in NYC

    It's a good thing we have a constitution to protect us from the tyranny of the majority. Oops! Sorry conservatives, looks like your precious constitution is being used against you! Darn that first amendment freedom.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  13. C

    Jim- I think you need to check your assumptions. You are in danger of appearing ignorant...Roughly speaking, there are over 1.57 Billion people in the word follow various branches of Islam. Are they all assumed to be terrorists?

    August 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
    • matrim couthon

      before you get all bleary eyed, ask yourself two questions
      will a muslim country allow construction of churches or temples ? no. middle eastern countries and pakistan will not allow churches or temples to be constructed any where. non muslims have no rights in those countries.
      secondly, where is the one hundred million dollars coming from?. probably saudi arabia – which will fund the construction of a mosque any where in the world but will then insist that the imam be from their hard line wahabbi faith.

      August 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      "will a muslim country allow construction of churches or temples ?"

      So–what you're saying is what we do as a country is entirely dependent upon what other countries do? I feel like I'm watching my kids–"Mom! He hit me back!"

      August 12, 2010 at 12:03 am |
    • Grant

      That argument is pathetic. No, Saudi Arabia will not build churches. But why are you trying to be like Saudi Arabia? I bet you're the kind of person that whines about getting America back to its fundamentals, except you also don't know America was founded on a principle of freedom of religion. Ignorant, small-minded fool.

      August 12, 2010 at 7:59 am |
    • hungryhippos

      @ matrim couthon

      What are you talking about? There are churches in Pakistan. There are over 200,000 Christians there! In Lebanon (middle east, if you didn't know) there are 39% Christians and Churches all over. The only Muslim nation that does not have any other place of worship except mosques in Saudi Arabia.

      August 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  14. sllabymkcussmilsum

    I know where they can build their "Monument" Rec center –
    Where the sun doesn't shine.
    It's time to blow up that big concrete block in sand land.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  15. David Mitchell

    Interesting Article on this Topic

    August 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  16. C

    Go mayor Bloomberg! He has the right idea! This should not even be an issue...

    August 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
    • Sam

      I dont understand how this is at all controversial. This is America, land of the free. We built this country to escape religious persecution and here we are debating whether or not to allow a place of worship to be built.

      That is so hypocritical of us. I do not agree with the Islam faith but that does not give me the right to say that someone cant build a mosque. They are not trying to build it on ground zero but near it.

      This should not be an issue, if someone want to build a building they should be able to. ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION we have the right to worship freely.

      The truth of the Islam faith is hidden from most muslims so they are not rying to be terroirists or "slap anybody in the face". They simply want to build another mosque like they do all over the country.

      It really doesnt matter if other middle eastern countries persecute Christians, because we are better than that, we are a free country. If this mosque is not built becasue America says no, then we are the biggest hypocrites in the world.

      August 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  17. Jim

    If we approve of the mosque then Why not erect a billboard in Oklahoma City next to the site of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building "April 19, 1995 Timothy McVeigh was here" This would show our tolerance of that act of terror?

    August 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      If you'd like to compare the two–it would be more like building church two blocks from the Murray building.

      Who would object to that?

      Tim McVeigh was no more a run of the mill Christian than the 9/11 bombers were run of the mill Muslims.

      August 12, 2010 at 12:01 am |
    • K

      Muslims did not hurt America, terrorists did, get it straight people

      August 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • Robservation

      Timothy McVeigh was Christian. Would you object to a Christian Church being built in Oklahoma City?

      August 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  18. Americano

    Look how misleading the question WAS???:

    "A group of MUSLIMS want to build a mosque..."

    CNN... A GROUP OF MUSLIMS????

    The questions should be: a group of "AMERICAN MUSLIMS" and then we would have a better idea

    CNN biased reporting if anything happens to the mosque CNN should be the first one to be sued for "INFLAMING AND ENCOURAGING RACISM AND ACT OF VIOLENCE".

    SHAME ON YOU CNN....

    August 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  19. Rev. Schaeffer

    The Quinnipiac University poll only has 52% of NYC residents opposed, 31% in favor.

    It also has 46% of Manhattanites in favor, 36% opposed.

    It seems that the farther you get from ground zero, the more they object.

    I <3 NY!

    August 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
    • judy

      appears our intelligent Muslim President has slapped our troops in the face, plus all the christains in this country.

      August 14, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  20. Grant

    How large was the sample population?

    August 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
    • Grant

      Found it: 1009 people. I wonder how many in that population were Muslim?

      August 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
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      August 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
    • Lora M

      controversy re 9-11 and mosque aug 2010

      This is from the Canadian side. You might be interested
      in reading it:

      http://www.pointdebasculecanada.ca/breve/2279-muslim-canadian-congress-urges-new-yorks-ground-zero-mosque-imam-to-abandon-project.php

      "Proposal for a mosque at site of 9/11 tragedy is nothing short of creating a 'fitna' or making mischief"

      TORONTO – The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) is urging the Cordoba House Initiative to abandon its proposed Ground-Zero Mosque in New York in the face of outrage expressed by large segments of the American population calling the proposal an act of 'fitna' or mischief.

      In a letter to Imam Faisal Rauf that will be delivered on Tuesday, August 10 by MCC's board member Raheel Raza, the MCC says, "Many Muslims suspect that the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation, to thumb our noses at the 'infidel.' We believe the proposal has been made in bad faith and, in Islamic parlance, is creating 'fitna,' meaning 'mischief-making,' an act clearly forbidden in the Qur'an.

      "The Qur'an commands us Muslims to, 'be considerate when you debate with the People of the Book' - i.e., Jews and Christians [chapter 29, verse 46]. Building an exclusive place of worship for Muslims at the place where Muslims killed thousands of New Yorkers, is not being considerate or sensitive, it is undoubtedly an act of fitna," the letter added.

      [contd]

      August 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
    • goldie08

      This is from the Canadian side. You might be interested
      in reading this comment regarding the controversy:

      http://www.pointdebasculecanada.ca/breve/2279-muslim-canadian-congress-urges-new-yorks-ground-zero-mosque-imam-to-abandon-project.php

      "Proposal for a mosque at site of 9/11 tragedy is nothing short of creating a 'fitna' or making mischief"

      TORONTO – The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) is urging the Cordoba House Initiative to abandon its proposed Ground-Zero Mosque in New York in the face of outrage expressed by large segments of the American population calling the proposal an act of 'fitna' or mischief.

      In a letter to Imam Faisal Rauf that will be delivered on Tuesday, August 10 by MCC's board member Raheel Raza, the MCC says, "Many Muslims suspect that the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation, to thumb our noses at the 'infidel.' We believe the proposal has been made in bad faith and, in Islamic parlance, is creating 'fitna,' meaning 'mischief-making,' an act clearly forbidden in the Qur'an.

      "The Qur'an commands us Muslims to, 'be considerate when you debate with the People of the Book' - i.e., Jews and Christians [chapter 29, verse 46]. Building an exclusive place of worship for Muslims at the place where Muslims killed thousands of New Yorkers, is not being considerate or sensitive, it is undoubtedly an act of fitna," the letter added.

      [contd]

      August 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
    • goldie08

      This is from the Canadian side. You might be interested
      in reading this comment regarding the controversy:

      "Proposal for a mosque at site of 9/11 tragedy is nothing short of creating a 'fitna' or making mischief"

      TORONTO – The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) is urging the Cordoba House Initiative to abandon its proposed Ground-Zero Mosque in New York in the face of outrage expressed by large segments of the American population calling the proposal an act of 'fitna' or mischief.

      In a letter to Imam Faisal Rauf that will be delivered on Tuesday, August 10 by MCC's board member Raheel Raza, the MCC says, "Many Muslims suspect that the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation, to thumb our noses at the 'infidel.' We believe the proposal has been made in bad faith and, in Islamic parlance, is creating 'fitna,' meaning 'mischief-making,' an act clearly forbidden in the Qur'an.

      "The Qur'an commands us Muslims to, 'be considerate when you debate with the People of the Book' - i.e., Jews and Christians [chapter 29, verse 46]. Building an exclusive place of worship for Muslims at the place where Muslims killed thousands of New Yorkers, is not being considerate or sensitive, it is undoubtedly an act of fitna," the letter added.

      [contd]

      August 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
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