August 31st, 2010
02:54 PM ET

New details emerge about proposed Islamic Center

Men attend Friday prayers in a prayer room in the building that is the proposed site of the Park51 mosque and cultural center.

New details emerged Tuesday about the controversial "Park51" project, involving the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque in New York City.

A source familiar with the project told CNN's Allan Chernoff the structure is being planned as an 11-story building. It will cover 120,000 square feet. Within that space, the source said, 10,000 square feet - just more than 8 percent - would be designated for the Muslim prayer space. The developer is considering the possibility of an interfaith education/meditation/prayer space as well, the source said.

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

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Jeem

    I salute you, sir!

    September 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
    • Jeem

      that salute was for mat

      September 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  2. mat

    Intresting....the sensitivy issue seems to be a card player. BUT... consider this, and I speak as a Veteran of the US Armed Forces. I went foward to defend these Muslims from extreemists, who would kill their own kind, I can claim that. seeing how human beings were treated...my answer is YES!! build the Mosque!! Build it in DEFIANCE of those who would pervert religion to their ends. Their ends are FEAR and OPPRESSION. Regardless of my wounds, I would GLADLY go into harms way again to defend good an decent people, if asked. Would you?!

    September 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  3. Sensitivities

    This is not about the government (or anyone) attempting to block the construction. It's interesting how so many lemmings continue to repeat this – of *course* it's within the legal right to build there, that's not the question. What is the question is the sensitivity over building the thing two blocks away from the Trade Center site.

    We are constantly bombarded by a never ending stream of sensitivity awareness messages, issues, news stories and policies. Taken to the extreme, Operation Enduring Freedom was at first to be called Operation Infinite Justice – but - owing to Muslim sensitivities, the name was changed. The dramatic made for TV movie about Charlie Manson featuring an 'X' on his forehead as opposed to the swastika - changed to avoid sensitivities. Bikini clad women pitching beer in commercials – yanked. Tongue in cheek references to a teachers buns in a hamburger chain blurb – pulled. Everywhere you go, everything you do, you must always take good old sensitivities into account.

    Except when it's our turn.

    Now, we're bombarded by a constant argument about the legal rights of an which has never been the point. The mighty mouthpieces are still trying to steer this into a nice little legal issue and attempt to defend it from there.

    It's not about legalities – it's about sensitivities. And a healthy dose of common sense sure would help here too.

    September 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
    • Jeem

      I get what you're saying. That argument has been made multiple times already.
      Sensitivities are not guaranteed by the U.S. Const!tution, equality under the law IS.
      Oh, is somebody being rude to you?
      Too bad.
      You can't have it both ways. Not even when you try and make a big screaming deal about it. Try being realistic for once.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
    • Kate


      When I see the same sort of coverage about the Westboro Baptist Church and Christians start to condemn them, and block mourners from having to see or hear them when they're out celebrating the deaths of our fallen heroes as we do in PGR, then you have grounds to talk about sensitivities.

      Just sayin'

      September 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
    • Jeem


      Respect is not guaranteed either. Funerals for defenders of freedom should respect those freedoms if they can reason that far.

      September 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
    • Kate


      It isn't, and the hypocrisy of those who use the very rights our fallen heroes died defending to dishonor their memory as they do isn't lost on anyone. I think it is another one of the perverse ways those crazies get their jollies.

      But the other hypocrisy is the crazies get very little coverage, there is no uproar over their "protected" speech, whilst at the same time Park51 has garnered so much attention.

      People are more concerned about a community center replacing prayer space than they are this bunch of creeps running around the country celebrating the death of our troops. So until Christians start denouncing these Baptists, as far as I'm concerned their silence is condoning WBC.

      Just sayin'

      September 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  4. ODIrony

    Doesn't it strike anyone as interesting how proponents of the Islamic Center keep harping on the small percentage of the space that will be "devoted" (no pun) to an actual mosque? Why is this considered relevant? Do they really think the opposition is because opponents don't want Moslems to pray?

    Prayer is not the issue here.

    September 1, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  5. Jochebed

    I would certainly prefer to live in a nation without any Muslims, but as long as I also want to live in a country where the government cannot dictate where a church can be built, I think the developers of this mosque should have the right to build this mosque as well. I can't stand hearing "chrisitan" leaders (who usually are just Mormons like Beck or papists like Hannity) rant and rave about this. The mosque isn't at "Ground Zero" for one thing – it's several blocks away. And these "good Christians" would FLIP.THEIR.LID. if the government was trying to block the building of a church instead. Where was this outrage over every other mosque built in this supposed Christian nation?

    September 1, 2010 at 5:51 am |
  6. Infidel

    Dear AGA,
    Is there anything about the prophet's favorite wife Aisha ? Why did your phrophet marry her when she was 6 ( he was 55+)and consumated the marriage when she was 9. Do you know what that is called in the western world?

    Why was she his favorite wife?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Good grief infidel , what is your point and what do you hope to accomplish?

      Maybe you shoul take your rants else where. There is point to when enough is really enough.

      August 31, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
    • AGA

      @ infidel
      let's get one thing straight: the customs 1400 years ago were different from the customs of today. As far as I know the wife of the prophet didn't move to the prophets house until she became a grown woman. And the prophet married her before the law of marriage was introduced in the Quran.
      Bear in mind: the Quran was brought down to man in a period of 23 years.

      If you want more info I suggest you visit http://www.whyislam.org or you can call 1-877-WHY-ISLAM

      peace be upon you

      September 2, 2010 at 1:51 am |
  7. AGA


    I urge everyone to visit this site to clear their misconceptions about Islam.

    Cheers! πŸ™‚

    August 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Why don't you take this chance and tell us what Islam means for you rather than have us take anothers word for it. If it is true for you and you consider yourself a pretty good and honorable Muslim then it should not be such an issue.

      August 31, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
    • AGA

      @ mark
      there's no harm for me to post a link. Thing is that this link has extra info and I'm no scholar.
      Anyway Islam for me means submission to the will of God and that leads to peace. πŸ™‚

      September 2, 2010 at 1:42 am |
    • Gary Poppins


      Then you have answered his question and there is no need to spam these boards with your ubiquitous linkage

      September 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
    • AGA

      @ gary

      ill do my thing, you do yours

      September 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  8. Keith

    Park 51? What happend to the "Cordova project"?

    August 31, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
    • Saladin

      The Cordoba Initiative was renamed to the Park 51 Community Center to more accurately reflect its goals and location.

      September 1, 2010 at 2:03 am |
  9. Reality

    One more time, what should be done asap:

    Recognize the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired. Ditto for houses and classes of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues

    August 31, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      β€œone more time”

      After seeing the same cut and paste jobs over and over ….. I will quote what the senator from south Carolina said …….

      β€œYou Lie!!!”

      August 31, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Some reiterate the bible or the koran, some reiterate common sense and rational thinking!!!!

      August 31, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
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