September 9th, 2010
10:01 PM ET

Trump offers to buy site of controversial center

Real estate mogul Donald Trump has offered to buy the lower Manhattan site where a Muslim group plans to build an Islamic community center for 25 percent more than the current owners paid for it.

Trump made the offer Thursday in a letter to Hisham Elzanaty, an investor in the Islamic center site.

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  1. Stevo87

    It's funny, Christians have vigils and want peace. Muslims pray and then burn flags and plot terror attacks. I hope these events clearly show the heart of Islam. The Imam, if he cared at all for Peace(which he doesn't) would take Donald Trumps offer. He is a not a good man. The bible said Ishmael's(The arabic nations) hand will be against every man, and when those people created a religion, it's no wonder it cant get along with anyone else. Islam is not the seed of the promise, it's Christianity. To be a Christian you don't have to learn. Our GOD is bigger than just knowledge, which gives people a big head.(Talk to any Muslim or Jehovah Witness, they know it all) Anyone can become a Christian and have a new life, simply believing on Jesus, whom the Muslims don't know. God knows your heart, you can't study your way to him, like the Muslims try. I feel sad for every moslem, they work so hard and have no clue why. Very sad.

    September 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  2. Frogist


    If you are in the tri-state area and like to attend, the vigil starts @ 7:15pm.

    September 10, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  3. Frogist

    Anyone else thinking "thirty pieces of silver" right now?

    September 10, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  4. Kate

    He heard there was a str|p club nearby after all, I guess 🙂

    Just clothin'

    September 10, 2010 at 3:38 am |
    • CatholicMom

      He must have thought it out before making the offer. Now if everyone else involved would think, and pray for the peace that only God can give, the world could get down to business....helping our neighbor...that is, loving our neighbor. After all, winter is upon us....

      September 10, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  5. Mood

    I am African, not Muslim but almost. And I want to say "If the 20 guys who bombed your country 10yrs ago , and tried every 2 years after that were from my country or religion, ...I can understand that you don t trust anymore, and you actually hate us". This is human, and I would do the same if Americans had bombed my African country, even once. And I guess Iraqis will do the same in 10 or 20 years. Muslims of America, pray at home or move to a country where praying outside is made convenient. U.S. Government, the result of your action in Middle East and Afghan/Pakistan will be very heavy in 10 or 20 years. One advice: Go home, leave these countries, and protect your embassy and businesses in Europe, Asia and Africa. And Watch carefully who does what inland, and who is trying to get to your contra. Good luck.

    September 10, 2010 at 1:29 am |
    • Reality

      A summary of our contemporary War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

      – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      – And of course the bloody terror brought about the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      September 10, 2010 at 7:43 am |
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