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News Mosque at Ground Zero?

  1. Aug 1, 2010 #1


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    There will be no mosque built at Ground Zero in New York City. Two blocks away from where the World Trade Center stood is The Cordoba Center, a multicultural activity center. What is being proposed there is a “prayer room” for Moslems wishing to pray. A prayer room is similar to a Christian “chapel”, which is not a church. A Mosque has a dome, minaret towers, and a muzzein who calls the faithful to prayers five times a day. Recently there was a Jewish event held there and no one is calling it a Synagogue.

    The following two news items are the references used for the above. I urge those interested in this controversy to read them.



    As an American citizen I am proud of my country, and am especially proud of our Constitution and its Bill of Rights. I have defended these my entire life both here and abroad. Here is one quotation that seems relevant now:
    Amendment I.: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...”
    That means to me that anyone, of any faith, has the right to exercise his/her religious beliefs here in our free country. Who out there is afraid of this?
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    Not that I disagree with the idea of a prayer center near Ground Zero if that is what is planned ( I really have no interest in the argument either way ), "but Congress making no law.... etc etc..." is different from a city saying something can't be placed in a certain area.
  4. Aug 1, 2010 #3
    Ground Zero !

    What a despicable description. In my opinion, a load of media sensationalism.
  5. Aug 1, 2010 #4
    The 14th amendment expands the 1st to apply to states, and by extension, cities. If NYC prevented a Muslim prayer room from being built in a certain area, but allowed a Christian chapel at the same or similar place, that would be in violation of the establishment clause.

    I'm no zoning lawyer (or any type of lawyer for that matter), but if the land is currently zoned to allow a church or mosque or whatever, I don't see how the city is allowed to say "no."
  6. Aug 1, 2010 #5
    This is typical a non-issue. Moslims like any other believers are allowed to pray. Even near ground zero.
  7. Aug 1, 2010 #6
    If it's on private property they can do anything they want.
  8. Aug 2, 2010 #7
    To me it means that we're allowed, by the Constitution, to be as foolish in our beliefs as we like -- and no one is allowed to persecute us for that. A silly amendment imho. But then, there were, and are, lots of religious folks to appease.

    Anyway, I'm generally afraid of the 'faithful'. Of any faith. I think they, in all their guises, represent a genuine threat to humanity.

    What's eventually built on that site 'ground zero' will be, hopefully, just about business. I don't know who owns it, but I'm sure that they'll most likely develop it in accordance with some model that promises to make them a significant amount of money. A 'mosque' is probably not going to cut it. Or a 'church' or a 'temple'. A McDonald's? Maybe. A gigantic 3D cinema? Better.
  9. Aug 3, 2010 #8

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    God damn, conservatives will hate everything Muslim, won't they? From the Obamuslim "controversy" that our President followed Islam (somehow, to them a bad thing), to the "why are there mosques in my community" thing, call it Mosquegate, to this!

    I want to see what would happen if Christianity were declared as evil as they make Islam out to be. There's precedent: the Crusades, the Inquisition, etc.
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    1) Hating Muslims has nothing to do with being conservative.

    2) Republicans hate more than just Muslims - they also hate Mexicans.

    3) Being conservative has little to do with being Republican nowadays.

    This is a party gone adrift in an even worse way than Democrats less than a decade ago.
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    Granted, I should have said Republicans instead of conservatives... I'm just getting tired of this kind of news.
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    The community center is more than 2 blocks away from "ground zero" and is sponsored by very moderate muslims. Get a clue, people!

    Unless you are a Palinite that demands that peace-loving people "refudiate" the construction of such a center, you probably should learn a bit about the project, from normal news (not FOX faux news) and approach the project as something that can be a positive project supporting peace for all.
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    It's a non-issue.

    Landmarks Commission Vote Clears Path for Islamic Prayer Center

    http://www.tribecatrib.com/news/2010/august/688_landmarks-commission-vote-paves-the-way-for-mosque-community-center-.html [Broken]
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    Interesting, Evo... seems to contradict the OP's claim.
  15. Aug 3, 2010 #14
    I live NEAR a church, does that mean there is a relation? I shared an office with a muslim and took courses with a jew. No one made any fuss over it. Many things are near each other.

    This might have been interesting if it had been ON the site. But it's not.
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    HAHAHAAAAAAAAAaaai... Are you blind?! :biggrin:
  17. Aug 4, 2010 #16
    I don't support building new religious structures anywhere... but that doesn't mean I'm going to try and prevent it.

    Let people believe their fables...
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    Here is a fair and balanced story about the imam behind the community center, and his wife.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100804/us_time/08599200843200;_ylt=AjoHwV2JEMeSkYae1JmBOBCs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFpMXQ1aXJrBHBvcwMzNgRzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX21vc3RfcG9wdWxhcgRzbGsDZmVpc2FsYWJkdWxy [Broken]
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  19. Aug 4, 2010 #18
    Mosque or prayer room? Lets not split hairs. In the eyes of the American public, in the eyes of the world it is a Mosque. It has nothing to do with religious freedom. By the choice of the location it is a POLITICAL ACT.

    Muslims are acutely sensitive when it comes to portrayals of themselves and incredibly insensitive when it comes to portrayals of others. We are expected not to offend Muslims in our movies, tv and cartoons. Remember the scenes of the Vatican and the statue in Rio demolished in "The Day the Earth Stood Still"? No such shots of the Dome of the Rock or Mecca being destroyed. But these moderate muslims are going to build a mosque at Ground Zero. I have heard (but not been able to confirm) that the grand opening is scheduled for September 11th 2011. Does anyone know if that is true?

    Who is paying for the 100 million dollar project. Manhattan Muslims? Yeah, all the cab drivers and bodega owners passed the hat. Follow the money. Why won't they release this information?

    The silence of our leaders is their willingness to sacrifice the memory of 2976 Americans on the altar of political correctness. The silence of moderate muslims is evidence of either their sympathy or fear of the jihadists.

    This is not about freedom of religion, this is a political act. If it comes about there will be dancing in the streets of Cairo and Tehran.

  20. Aug 4, 2010 #19
    There is a lot in this post. First of all, I'm with you on the intolerance on the part of Muslims, and on the insensitivity of the location. However, I strictly follow the constitution, which carries more weight than those who perished on 9/11. You don't trade constitutional values based on body count. You say this is not about religious freedom, while denying a religious group the basic freedom of assembly at their place of establishment approved by the city. Furthermore, it's really none of your damn business where they get their financial backing from, any more than its where any other Christian Chruch get's its money from.

    Overall, it's quite sad that it's been almost 10 years and there is still no memorial on the grounds of the WTC because of legal debates on if they were 1 or 2 buildings to collect insurance money on; but now, all of a sudden, people are mad about a Mosque while disregarding the constitution in the process.... Quite pathetic, indeed.
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