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August 11th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Controversial New York Islamic center will not relocate to public land

CNN's Alona Rivord filed this report:

Developers of a Muslim community center near the site of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York Wednesday declined an offer by Gov. David Paterson to relocate the project.

Paterson had suggested Tuesday that state-owned property could provide an alternative building site for the controversial project.

"If the sponsors were looking for property anywhere at a distance that would be such that it would accommodate a better feeling among the people who are frustrated, I would look into trying to provide them with the state property they would need," Paterson told reporters.

Developers say the current location for the project - two blocks from ground zero - was selected intentionally to serve the Lower Manhattan community.

"We have a tremendous amount of respect for our governor, and we are always interested in hearing what our leaders have to say, and what their ideas and proposals are. But this has always been about serving Lower Manhattan," said developer Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties.

The proposed $100 million, 13-story facility, which is being built by the Cordoba Initiative, will include a mosque, performing arts center, gym, swimming pool and other public spaces. The Cordoba Initiative describes itself as a Muslim outreach group.

The project has drawn fierce opposition from many families of victims of the 9/11 attacks, as well as from several members of Congress and some religious groups. Some have argued that building a mosque near ground zero is disrespectful to the victims of the attacks.

"I don't have any objection to it being built there," Paterson said Tuesday. "But I am very sensitive to the desire of those who are adamant against it to see something else worked out."

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

"Those of us in public service are going to have to create a greater dialogue right now to try to make sure those feelings are heard to whatever extent we can," Paterson said.

- CNN Belief Blog

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

soundoff (859 Responses)
  1. Budda

    maybe we could build a butchershop at Jeff Dammer's previous location

    August 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  2. john

    The Muslim faith is a joke and would be eradicated from the face of the earth if they werent sitting on all the sweet/easy crude. I know of no other religion that punishes children and women. Shouldnt God have the final say in punishment for followers? This "religion" has no tolerance and has very few examples of forgiveness.It is even worse when used for a government. Most Muslim countries rule by the Koran. There are no more oppressive counttrie sin the world than the ones which use the Koran as its book of law!!

    August 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
    • boby

      well said john....
      u cant expect much from a religion that its prophet was a pedophie.....when he was in his late 60's, his wife was 9 years old....
      sick.

      August 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Sixoh

    This is nothing more than this muslim outfit wanting to shove the attacks in our face.

    Plain and simple and this cannot be argued. Anyone with any shred of decency would NOT build on or near the site. It is hallowed ground.

    I don't care who are "good" muslims or "bad" muslims who did that evil deed. It was muslims that attacked New York and now muslims are forcing a mosque on the same site. And it's to open when boys and girls? September 11, 2011. That's right, the 10th anniversary.

    Knock off the semantics and over openess. This is wrong, wrong, wrong and anyone with honor and decency would drop it. But they don't have that, do they?

    August 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  4. Obama08

    Why the hell do muslims act like nothing is wrong? No one knows what they preach with their jihad crap. I'm ok with building them in America, but ground zero?

    August 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
    • free2comment

      can it be because nothing Is wrong. well, maybe that we all are sitting around banging on our keyboards when we could be having this conversation across the table from friends and collegues or our favorite coffee clatch

      August 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  5. hobart

    It's completely irrelevant what a national poll thinks of the proposed location for this mosque, and pretty arrogant of CNN to conduct such a poll. It would have been more interesting to poll residents of New York City, but even then, polls don't supersede laws and due process.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  6. Cletus

    I'm sure it's tough enough to be Muslim anywhere in America after September eleventh, two thousand and one, but ESPECIALLY near ground zero. It would be like being a Japanese living next to Pearl Harbor (and then building a Shrine there)

    August 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  7. Bobby

    Most people in the US do not even know what the word respect means. If it were your family involved, I would say your attitudes might be a little different. If it were your families and you received the hate mail, the ones that bragged, and some that even predicted that the Mosque would be vuilt here it would be different. If the US Association of Confederates put a rebel flag right in a revered black American cemetary, you would be so outraged the other side of the world would hear you. All Confederates weren't bad. All muslims are not bad either, but if you lost precious family members at their hands I say you would think differently.....you probably would think about that flag. Shame on you that have no respect.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  8. Budda

    ok set aside the fact that islam is not a peaceful religion (see previous post) in all fairness please explain to us or convince us that this decision is a wise or smart one or why it should be allowed. Just the fact that you preach hatred and killing at the same site where you actually did this, I doubt you will get much suport. But like I said please lets hear your side.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
    • Momo

      There are churches outside of Auschwitz. But thats ok right? Hitler annihilates millions of jews based on his right wing christian beliefs and yet after all is said and done a church is built nearby, where men women and babies were gased and burned. No complaining there right? Idiot.

      August 12, 2010 at 12:32 am |
  9. brian

    if they build it, they will come.... then blow it up

    August 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
    • Sixoh

      You better believe it, and it will be their fault.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  10. Guest

    the muslims will be sorry, if this gets built. they need to accept the fact that 9/11 was an act done in their name. Why must they remind us of the horror of these terrible acts? if this gets built, they will be sorry.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • Pink Hijab

      Is that a threat i hear? Hmm let me report you to HS...

      August 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
      • SickOfThem

        @Pink Hijab-I bet you have reported everyone here who does not agree with you.

        August 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm |
      • yourfriendorenemy

        You're wasting your time sister. These haters are the new 'American Taliban'. Ignore them. Keep on building. Time for an unapologetic Islam.

        August 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
        • Nathalie

          islam has ALWAYS been unapologetic. That's nothing new. CONVERT OR DIE...or even, LEAVE THE FAITH or DIE...that's been its motto for a long long time. I'd like to know what's "new" up your sleeve?

          As far as I'm concerned europe is slowly taking the right steps to show its muslim population that they will NOT tolerate the imposition of sharia law and islamic culture to taint beautiful european tradition.

          August 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
        • Scott from New Hampshire

          Convert or Die? Are you talking about the 400 years of Spanish Inquisition in which thousands of people were burned at the stake or tortured to deathfor not converting to Christianity?

          August 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
        • yourfriendorenemy

          Thank You. Jews and Muslims both during that time. That event was to Christianize Spain. Heck – great for Christians and no bad blood against current Spaniairds. But get real – know your history Nathalie.

          August 11, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
        • FrankinNJ

          For your information Scott many christians who were not catholic were killed also. I have an idea though, lets stick to the last 100 years. I am amused when people bring up things from 400 years ago. Or even abortion clinic bombings. But I am game, lets take the tally of deaths from clinic bombings from the last 20 years and compare them to Muslim extremist bombing in the last six months. I know which side I am betting on to have the lower body count. Heck I'll even let you throw in Timothy Mcveigh who even said himself he lost touch with any catholic roots he had, but what the heck, go ahead and throw him in.

          Oh wait Timur the lame slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people in 1360 and he 'proffessed' to being a great Muslim. See the argument is kind of silly isn't it?

          August 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
        • Scott NH

          Franklin, you want to stick to the last 10 years? Fine, the largest loss of life since WWII was the Iraqi holocaust, an illegal war, created by a Christian extremist (George W. Bush). It was an illegal war based entirely on lies about WMD that didn't exist. Over 1 million died and over 2 million were made refugees.

          August 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
        • FrankinNJ

          Fine Scott but nice of you to gloss over the fact that a governing quarum of soverign nations (UN) put sanctions on Iraq that they did not obey or fulfill. America was not the only country there in either war. WMD HAVE been found inside Iraq. MAny countires believed he had WMD based on the fact that he kept throwing out inspectors. Iraq attacked Iran without warning. Iraq invaded Kuwait. Wanna tally the Muslims killed in those two. Iraq used WMD to kill how many Kurds? Oh by the way the Iraq war wasn't illegal, it was legal the moment Saddam refused to comply with UN sanctions.

          And Bush as a Christian extremist? By what standard? He prayed to GOD, invoked GOD? Where are the mosques he stopped from being built in America. Where are the Jews, Muslims, Budhists he refused entry to.

          Man you really have some selective grammer, I do not think you use illegal nor extremists correctly and I am pretty sure you only read from the left side of any history books that might have crossed your path.

          August 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
        • FrankinNJ

          You know I just can't resist stating the obvious stupididty and ignorance of Scott from NH. Here is the quote from his post, ...Fine, the largest loss of life since WWII was the Iraqi holocaust,...'

          Okay we are going to list some wars and leaders and lets see how Scotts statements hold up to the truth. Ready everyone...

          Joseph Stalin after WWII – low estimate 5-20 million. High estimate 40-60 million. Depends if you include the Georgian famine as bing engineered by him.

          Khmer Rouge circa 1975 – 1.7 – 3 million killed.

          Mao Ze-Dong (*China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) estimates of deaths from 20 million to 60 million.

          Wanna guess why you didn't know them? Cause they were caused by Communists and not Americans.

          Good night eveyone, I am tired of arguing with idiots who don't know history and yet think themselves smart because they read something on Democratic Underground or Daily Kos. Facts, gotta love them....

          August 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
        • yourfriendorenemy

          Bombing countries left and right and then chalking it up to democracy...what's 'new' with that. You American Taliban were racist then as you are now. Nothing 'new' with the way you destroy people's lives all over the world, impose sanctions, destroy the hopes of children, and to top it off never bother to explain to your people what you have done.
          Take the Iranian revolution. You don't even know that Iranians voted themselves a democratic leader who was against the Anglo-Iranian British (now BP, as in Gulf of MX BP) company taking Iranian oil and leaving the Iranians with nothing. So CIA/MI6 put him in house arrest and engineer a coup where the horrible Shah rules as a despot for more than 2 decades. Iranians takeover the US Embassy (for a right reason – FREEDOM) and you blame the people of Iran to this day for messing w/ a few foreigners when you dictated their country and stole their future of a democratic chance. You stole Iran's right to be a democracy. Instead it became a democracy, despotic monarchy, and then a hardline theocracy for good reason.

          Nothing 'new' w/ your lack of knowledge.

          August 11, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
        • eaglesays

          You are a missinformed. Iran in the 50's did not comply with its international obligations and responsibilities. Mossadegh was a socialist poppet, taht was ripe to be taken by the USSR. He was weak. The iranian communist party was behind his election. And also during the 1979 revolution. The ayatollah executed thousands of helpful communist idiots after he gained power. Know your history. We in the west are informed.

          August 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
        • Scott NH

          So Eagle, if America and Britain take Iran's oil keeping most of the profit, we are "protecting our interests" but if Mosaddegh nationalizes it he's a socialist who needs to be defeated because he might possibly be taken over by the USSR in the future? And if we don't comply with international obligations and responsibilities its because "America doesn't need a permission slip" but if they don't it is the right of the CIA and MI6 to overthrow a democratically elected government???

          August 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
        • FrankinNJ

          Hey how did that revolution work out for ya? Stoned any women lately? Killed any protesters lately. You know them I-phones can be a dangerous weapon. Yep Iran is sooooo much better off than it was. Whew Can't wit till the Supreme leader makes his world victory tour.

          August 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
        • AmericaNA

          FRANKLIN

          WHAT about the AMERICAN CITIZENS that was BULLDOZED by the ISRAELI ARMY...
          OR
          What about the AMERICAN CITIZEN who got shot at close range by the ISRAELI COMMANDO point blank in the FLOTTILLLLA in International waters

          What about the AMERICAN sailors got killed by the ISRAELI ARMY sank down their ship in 1967 and until NOW THE ISRAELI ARMY WON'T APOLOGIZE NOR
          PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO OUR DEAD HERO.....

          August 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
        • Guest

          Those are just Muslim extremists, like how the KKK kill people as well. There's a high population of Christians in Muslim countries, and they're not dead no?

          August 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
        • Steve

          If they build at that cite, i can just about garantee it's just a matter of time before it's attacked. To imagine that New Yorkers will just suck it up after 3000+ of their loved ones hit the pavement on 911 is naieve to say the least.

          August 12, 2010 at 4:11 am |
    • Guest

      The guest who posted this is NOT the same Guest who posted earlier, please take note.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • white

      That sounds like a threat to the Muslims.I respect all muslims....I have been around them and they are the most generous and loving people you can come accross.ZBy the way you will be reported and held responsible for your threat.COWARD.

      August 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
      • Mike Speakman

        Muslims are devious and unworthy of trust. I consider Islam a cult and not worthy of protections as a religion, besides Mohamad was no better than a used car salesman and saw an opportunity to take control of a lucrative city due to it's appeal as a spiritual center. He created Islam which is evil to the core to help him achieve his goal. Building a mosque near this sight is sacriligious to American ideals. I'm an athiest by the way not a Christian.

        August 12, 2010 at 12:26 am |
        • peace2all

          @Mike Speakman

          I don't know if you actually know of any muslims or have any friendships with them, but to just flat out 'over generalize' and call them" 'all' devious and unworthy of trust"

          I know of some very kind, generous, peaceful muslims.

          I don't know you, but your post seems to me to be just flat out.... bigotry and hate. Which, will not make things better for everyone involved.

          Peace.....

          August 12, 2010 at 1:51 am |
        • Tim

          peace2all, It is strange to hear someone defend Muslims and argue against bigotry and hate. I suggest you reread the Koran.

          August 12, 2010 at 2:40 am |
        • Abudu Mukarram

          Thanks Al for your posting of common sense. The over fed preacher on the FOX post is also a liar. There's a documentary piece on the history channel this month about Cordova and the co-existence of the 3 main religions of the people who lived there in peace.

          August 12, 2010 at 2:56 am |
        • Tim

          Al, It is logically impossible for both religions to be correct. At least one is wrong. Our Christian Bible has written history before it happened. What validates the Koran?

          August 12, 2010 at 3:26 am |
        • James

          Tim: if you wnat to keep your Christian faith, the last thing you want to do is start examining it through a critical and unbiased historical eye. If your pastor fed you some nonsense that "Christianity is historically validated" and you accepted this because it happened to fit your pre-desired conclusion, then at least deep down accept that that's what it is. Christianity is certainly no more historically verified than Islam (and perhaps less so, in the sense that it is fairly indisputable that somebody named Mohammed actually lived and did many of the things described, evidences for Christianity are far fewer and problematically problematic. There are no contemporary eyewitness accounts and the supposed 'external' verifications, like Flavius Josephus', range from the highly suspect to known fraud. In short, if you want to remain a Christian, don't look at actual history too closely. On the other hand, if you want to be an actual adult with critical thinking skills, do.

          August 12, 2010 at 5:44 am |
        • Methusalem

          No, Mohammed was created by some heretical Jews or Christians in the same manner Osama bin Laden was created.

          August 12, 2010 at 7:19 am |
        • jpeay

          Wow, really? You really believe that Christiantiy isn't historically accurate? No eyewitness accounts? Josephus didn't mention Jesus and Christians? I am just shocked. And what about Mohammed? Are you telling me that it is actually believable the the Angel Gabriel, the same angel that announced the birth of Jesus, would come to Mohammed and speak to him the Quran, a book that is antithetical to all the Bible teaches. Yeah that makes sense. What is true is there is a spiritual battle going on and you are either with Christ or against him. Mohammed followed the Devil b/c he couldn't test the spirits. He was an illiterate pedophile and Islam is a cult of deception. Time to get back into the Bible my friend. Truth awaits.

          August 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
        • Bob

          BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

          gasp pant weeze

          HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

          August 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
        • Bob

          That was directed at TIM and his laughable "the bible has made predictions about the future".

          August 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
        • ninarad

          Amen

          August 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
        • peace2all

          @Tim

          I would assert that they are *both* (Islam AND christianity) wrong, within the context of your argument.

          Peace....

          August 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
        • peace2all

          @Tim

          You stated....."It is strange to hear someone defend muslims and argue against bigotry and hate. I suggest that you re-read the koran."

          Again, I am defending peace loving humans....some of which I happen to know are muslims. They are good and kind people. The message/point.... not ALL muslims are hate filled people that are untrustworthy. And, I don't know you..... but, I think you probably know that, don't you....? Do you know any muslims that you call friends, that you wouldn't defend...?

          People are people...... you find the bad apples in all religions, cultures. The people that flew planes into the WTC on 9/11 looked at the Qu'ran and saw only hate...that was *their* interpretation. But, most, the vast majority look at the Qu'ran and see beauty and love....

          Yes, I find it not only strange, but indefensible that anyone would argue *for* bigotry and hate.

          Some could very, very easily turn your question/pondering around and say....." I find it strange to hear someone defend 'christians' and argue against bigotry and hate. "I" suggest you re-read the bible, which is chock full of murders, killings, rapes, mysogyny, slavery, torture, etc.....nice god...!

          I think that you get the point.... Hatred and bigotry should virtually never be acceptable, and as you can see from the posting going on here.... there is way too much of that.

          Hatred and bigotry will only spiral into more hatred and bigotry and possibly an all out world war..... Peace and tolerance will only bring more peace and tolerance......

          Peace and Respect to you.......

          August 12, 2010 at 4:33 am |
        • Methusalem

          Al, why are you quoting the Christian Bible that you don't understand? The Bible must be read and comprehended as a whole. Besides, doesn't Islam say that it came to correct the Jewish and Christian Bible? So, why is it no single word about "LOVE" in the quran?

          August 12, 2010 at 7:16 am |
  11. RMS

    If they really wanted to build bridges to peace and understanding – they would show consideration for the families whose loved ones lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. This is not about building bridges – this is about propaganda and promoting their beliefs before those of anyone else. It just is not the right thing to do – whether it is legal is not the issue.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • Momo

      But the muslims who are building this mosque have absolutely nothing to do with 911. So why stop them from their right to worship where they want to woship? the entire muslim population isnt responsible for what happened that day and frankly were sick of being associated with it. We dont associate your dumbass with Hitler or the KKK do we? or I dunno, maybe you do have some affiliation.

      August 12, 2010 at 12:27 am |
  12. Guester

    Let's build churches in the middle of Kabul and Baghdad. Whatever happens to them we do the same to the Mosque in New York.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • Pigeon

      I second that.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
    • Pigeon

      Actually, let me say that I second the sentiment. I don't condone violence.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Lulu

      Um...there ARE churches in Baghdad. There are a lot of Christians there. If there were a significant Christian population in Kabul, which there is not, there would likely be churches there too. Of course the Taliban, which abuses Islam to have control over Afghanistan, would not allow it as long as they are in charge, but the Taliban does not represent real Islam no matter how the media will try to portray that to the world.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • Lulu

      *as long as they are in charge

      August 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
    • Dave

      Guester you fool, there are tons of churches in Iraq, especially Baghdad! I don't know about Kabul, I'd suspect there used to be but the Taliban probably destroyed them in the 90's like they did the buddhas.

      August 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
    • Dennis

      You are right Lulu, there are Christians in Iraq and they trying there hardest to escape because they are persecuted. It is far from tolerated!

      August 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Hemdog the Doggy Hunter

    Hmm, it's not hard to see the "destruction" caused by 13 men....just listen to the controversy surrounding this mosque. Islam's image has been severely damaged, and yet Muslins act like nothing is wrong. Boy, talk about being blind....Don't build this mosque here. I wouldn't even want one in my neighborhood. I actually would be scared for my kids. No lie or exaggeration.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • Momo

      much like Catholicisms image was damaged by HItler right? I didnt see the Christians walking on pins and needles on that one.. idiot.

      August 12, 2010 at 12:20 am |
  14. ConcernedAmerican

    Muslims are like parasite......do something before it's too late.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • free2comment

      this parasitic Muslim pays over $30,000 in monthly rents to her Jewish landlords whom she's known for nearly 30 years and one of them she did not even want to move into his space, but couldn't stand to see him lose everything while he went through a bad divorce and depression...she could be just retired by now and she is not rich and has to actually generate that type of income to keep herself and all their families that rely on her going.

      August 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
    • Momo

      Your mother is the parasite.

      August 12, 2010 at 12:23 am |
  15. Mad as hell

    It's such a disgrace to allow this Terrorist Training Center to be built right next door to where so many US citizens lost their lives on 9/11 due to the hands of this religion. If in fact they do get their way I am sure the government will keep a watchful eye on the place. I am just amazed that the people of NYC would actually support this project better yet any of the dumb ass government officials that reside there. Yes you Bloomcock....

    August 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  16. FreeInUSA

    This is only about the insensitivity towards the families of the 9/11 attack on the twin towers and neighboring buildings. The opinion of everyone else (including myself) should be secondary.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Guester

    Is that smoke I smell?

    August 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
    • wzrd1

      Why? Are you trying to think again?

      August 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • Pink Hijab

      @wzrd... LOL nice one

      August 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • Guester

      wzrd and Pink- Assuming you're Muslim would you have a problem with a church being built in Mecca?

      August 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
    • Pink Hijab

      Ok , let me explain this slowly.... Mecca happens to be a HOLY city, where every year the Hajj takes place... Does NYC seem like a Holy city to you? No!... Now tell me, are there any mosques inside the Vatican? It's funny how many people dont get it and keep quotin the same over and over.....

      August 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
    • Budda

      yes lets fly some armed drones into mecca then put up a mormon church or church of satin, how would that work?

      August 11, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
    • Pink Hijab

      Well Mr Budda, then you wouldn't be any better that the same terrorists you are denouncing.... I'll pray that Allah softens your heart... Ameen.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
    • Guester

      So the answer of my question is no. How about anywhere else in Saudi Arabia?

      August 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
    • Budda

      So you do agree that your religion preaches terrorism

      August 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
    • Pink Hijab

      @ Guester, i would personally support it , yes, i believe in freedom of religion and worship. Unfortunately, i dont have any sayin on it, i do not live in Saudi, but i do live in USA , so i can speak only for this country.

      @Budda, Islam doesnt teach or encourage terrorism, it actually tells us that killing one person is like killing all mankind, i encourage you to read from the real source in depth, not only what suits you.
      I can't tell that Christianity teaches pedophilia can I? Based on all the priests that have done such? Dont let hatred and biased media brainwash you.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
    • Lulu

      Guester, what would be the point of building a church there anyway? For the...Christian community? There isn't one. It's totally irrelevant. Makkah is a sacred city where virtually only Muslims live, so I don't see how that has anything to do with building a mosque in NYC where there is an immense diversity of people. In predominantly Muslim countries that have Christian, Jewish, etc populations, there are churches and synagogues there. There isn't a real Islamic reason for a Muslim to oppose to that, no one is hurting anyone.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
    • Budda

      well tell you what, lets quote for quote on violent actions that each others god commands and see who's is more violent, shall we?

      August 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
    • Guester

      Pink – You don't speak for the country only yourself... which is your right. The plans for a mosque are really indefensible. if shows a callousness to the memory of the victims, and will do more to cause disunity and resentment than reconciliation.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
    • free2comment

      @Budda
      If you really want to know what my religion preaches start at Apageinthelife blogspot and go from there. The problem is not the Religion but the Bunch o' illiterates

      August 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  18. Keith Long

    The fact that they are not willing to build their mosque further away from the world trade center site tells us a lot about their desire to build it there. They want it to serve as a symbol of what happened, not strictly as a place of worship.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
    • Pink Hijab

      Read again.... it's to serve the people of lower Manhattan... stop hallucinating please.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • Art

      Pink Hijab.. Well Duh! Of course they aren't going to admit the real reason they are building it so close to ground zero. Do you actually think they will admit the real reason they want to build it so close to that site? So tell us, why can't they build it nearby but not so close? Why doesn't the imam condemn Hamas and Hezbollah? Why did he blame the US for 9/11? Please tell us.

      August 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  19. Becca

    They are free to build where ever they choose, that is one of the great things about this country. However, that particular location seems to me to be , well, a little in bad taste.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  20. E

    Popeye, I'm not sure if it would be cost efficient to fly in arabic construction workers for the project. I imagine they'll hire New Yorkers. Which will definitely create jobs... I thought the Daily Show covering the mosque issue last night was hilarious.

    August 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
    • Momo

      "Arabs" and "build" just dont go together. Ever been to the middle east? Ever seen an Arab "build" anything? (Im talking about the richer nations like Saudi, UAE, Bahrain etc). THey hire cheap labor from india, pakistan and srilanka for their construction projects.

      August 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
    • Chafic

      Momo: you mean like we hire cheap Mexican labor here?

      August 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
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