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August 15th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

New York lawmakers debate Islamic center near ground zero

Two days after President Obama declared his support for a controversial proposal to build an Islamic center and mosque near the site of Ground Zero in Manhattan, two New York lawmakers sounded off on the merits of the project.

Republican Rep. Peter King represents a portion of western Long Island less than 20 miles from New York City; Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler represents part of Brooklyn and a slice of Manhattan that includes ground zero. In an interview Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, the congressmen differed on how they characterized the sensitivity of building a mosque near such hallowed ground.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • New York • Politics • United States

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Ritchie

    Interesting mantras now miankg the rounds in Britain.1. The majority of Moslems are not terrorists but the majority of terrorists are Moslem.2. The majority of Black people are not criminals, but the majority of criminals are black.Hopefull this is a sign of change from this governments's PC approach and enforcement using anti-terrorist legislation.

    May 19, 2012 at 5:06 am |
  2. literati

    Unless their is a very substantial population of Muslims near ground zero, why would they want to build an islamic center there? If the only reason is to incite people against Islam, why would they do it, or is it just a celebration and continuation of the events of 9/11? An Islam that traesures peace would not proceed with such a blatent affront. Would you have a facist party headquarters built adjacent to a contentration camp?

    August 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
    • Luke

      There are plenty who work here and it is open to the public. I, for one, look forward to going so I can use their pool after work.

      August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  3. Ferdinand of Castile

    Obama has turned himself into an expert in Islam. He has on so many occassions distringuish "Radical Islam" from "Peaceful Mainstream Islam" which is wrong. This is an arbitrary political classification and is totally misleading. Obama will lead America into captivity for his receptiveness to alien cultures which have so many inconsistencies with the American constitution. Poor America! Too much political correctness is harmful too. Watch out!!

    August 17, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  4. Reality

    Actually, there should be no mosques anywhere on the face of the globe. Why?

    Muslim convert journalist Stephen Schwartz, American Jewish Committee terrorism expert Yehudit Barsky, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer have all separately testified to a growing radical Islamist Wahhabi influence in U.S. mosques, financed by extremist groups. According to Barsky, 80% of U.S. mosques are so radicalized.

    August 9, 2010 Germany shuts 9/11 plotters' mosque in Hamburg

    Police raided the mosque on Monday and hunted for evidence of jihadist activities German police have shut down the Hamburg mosque where the 9/11 hijackers met before their suicide attacks on the US in 2001.

    Police said they believed the Taiba mosque was again being used as a meeting point for extremists.

    The cultural association that runs the mosque has also been banned.

    A German intelligence report last year said radical Muslims had travelled to military training camps in Uzbekistan after associating at the mosque.

    August 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
    • Rev. Schaeffer

      Taliban – "So, who are we going to blow up today?"
      Al Qaeda – "I dunno, let's go to the mosque and talk about it."
      Taliban – "But there are no more mosques!"
      Al Qaeda – "Oh well, forget it then."
      Taliban – "Yeah, that's too bad. Wanna get some hummus?"

      August 16, 2010 at 3:34 am |
  5. Kerbelai

    There is nothing to debate. The law is the law.
    If insensitivity were illegal, things would be very different all over the world.
    Governments make a religion of red tape and politics. What can mere people do?

    August 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  6. One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

    Thank you Rep. Nadler! Also, thank you for reminding people of the Pentagon. My brother was there that morning. Nobody says a peep about the mosque there–and it hasn't been any problem.

    August 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
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