Mosque Towering Next to Ground Zero

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Babe_Ruth

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Just read this story and I was just wondering what your thoughts were.

Outraged family members and community groups are accusing a Muslim group of trying to rewrite history with its plans to build a 13-story mosque and cultural center just two blocks from Ground Zero, where Islamic extremists flew two planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

"This is a place which is 600 feet from where almost 3,000 people were torn to pieces by Islamic extremists," said Debra Burlingame, whose brother died in the attack on the Pentagon that day.

"I think that it is incredibly insensitive and audacious really for them to build a mosque, not only on that site, but to do it specifically so that they could be in proximity to where that atrocity happened," said Burlingame, who is co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America.

The 13-story mosque and cultural center will be built on the site of a four-story building that was a Burlington Coat Factory retail store until 9/11, when part of a plane's landing gear crashed through the roof. The building, which will be razed, currently houses a mosque.

The New York City Mayor's office says "It's private property, and the area is zoned for uses that include this one."
Pamela Gellar, executive director of Stop Islamization of America, blasted the organization behind the plans, Cordoba Initiative, and its leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, saying the project is "an insulting flag of conquest of Islamic supremacism."
FOXNews.com - Plan to Build Mosque Near Ground Zero Riles Families of 9/11 Victims
 

dDave

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I don't like the fact that it's right next to ground zero. It seems a bit strange to me, sort of an "in your face" statement.

I understand that it's been a mosque ever since right after 9/11, but really couldn't they find another place to build their mosque?
 

idisrsly

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Things like this shouldn't really bother people, yet I find myself thinking the same as the guy in the article - "I think that it is incredibly insensitive and audacious really..." Surely there is a space for them somewhere just a little bit further away?
 

CaptainObvious

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I agree with CG that they probably should have put this somewhere else but it really shouldn't bother people that much. 9/11 was committed by Islamic fanatics, it would be unfair to brand all Muslims or blame all of Islam for 9/11.
 

MAgnum9987

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I think its actually quite brilliant to have a cultural center/mosque next to Ground Zero. What I think the Islamic community is trying to say by building this is that "We all aren't bad guys. We want to honor those who died in 9/11, and we want to live in harmony as well." Sure, people may see it as audacious, rude, in your face, but that just shows they are profiling Muslims. I would have no problem with that. And alot of great people were Islamic. Off the top of my head, I can think of Muhammed Ali, and Malcom X. Why not accept this?
 

Wade8813

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It seems like it could be taken as a rather insensitive move on their part, or it could be like Mag said - a gesture towards reconciliation.

The fact that so many take it the first way means they either shouldn't have done it, or should increase their PR to explain their reasoning, IMO
 

MAgnum9987

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Again, I believe the dedication to the "Mega Mosque" is completely appropriate on that day. My problem is the quote from the developer.

He also expressed this view in an interview with 60 Minutes aired on Sept. 30, 2001 as well (27):
The attacks were “a reaction against the U.S. government politically, where we espouse principles of democracy and human rights, [yet] … ally ourselves with oppressive regimes in many of these countries. … [U.S.] policies were an accessory to the crime that happened."
The hypocrisy is so thick you could choke on it.
 

Tucker

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My first thought is that if I wanted my building to be safe from Islamic extremist bombing, I'd be very grateful for a nearby mosque. The second is that sleaze merchants like FOXNEWS and The New York Post are just too good at taking everyday occurrences and working people into a frenzy over them to make money. There's been a Muslim prayer space in the former abandoned building for months. My third thought is how much again I hate FOXNEWS for giving any amount of credibility and publicity to an organization called "Stop Islamization of America."

Apparently, the truth wasn't worth an inclusion in FOX's hate piece. But thanks to a real news organization, we get the real story:

The New York Times said:
The location was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims who bought the building in July. A presence so close to the World Trade Center, “where a piece of the wreckage fell,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric leading the project, “sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.”

“We want to push back against the extremists,” added Imam Feisal, 61.
 
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