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August 3rd, 2010
07:16 AM ET

Weigh in on Ground Zero Mosque

From Executive Producer Jeni Cook:

A plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero in the 9/11 attacks - sacred ground for many Americans - is being met with outrage.

At issue: A 19th-century building and whether it can be designated a landmark. If it is designated a landmark, the original building will remain. If not, American Muslim groups will move ahead with plans to build an inter-faith community center and mosque.

A vote is slated for this morning on whether the building will be granted landmark status.

We want to hear from you on this issue. Where do you stand?

Leave us a comment. We’ll share some of them in the CNN Newsroom, 11am ET — 1pm ET.

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  1. el

    A mosque, like a Church is a place of worship. There would be outrage too if someone said you couldn't build a Church there too. Islam is a peaceful religion, unfortunately people assume it is full of terrorists. That's so wrong. Let them build it.

    August 3, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  2. crystal

    I am outraged. The site of the 9/11 attacks is a very sacred place for all Americans – even if you have never visited. It means something to each of us that nobody will ever be able to explain. I have nothing against Muslims, but I do not feel that what they are trying to do is in their or our (American's) best interest. I'm sure that a few of them have righteous intentions, but it will not be seen that way to all Muslims across the world. It will be seen as a victory for Al-Qaeda and our sacred place will become a mockary. It will lose it's true meaning and for the so many people who lost loved ones in those buildings, it's a slap in the face from the terrorists who did this.

    August 3, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The people have lost there voice if this Mosque is built this is another example to the majority of the people being voted out by the government the government is sworn to the people the people are not sworn to the government but if these elected officials want to keep there jobs then they had better remember that election time is coming .

    August 3, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  4. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    I would be concerned if any church or mosque of any single religious belief be built there. Having said that, I would be all for a religious center that would be 'blessed' by all religions to serve as a meeting place for all persons of faith to find commonality between beliefs and be inclusive of non-beliefs as well. Questions asked; answers given. Dialog with respect and understanding of where the others are coming from and within. We need open minds and not closed hearts.

    August 3, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  5. Tammie Kartz

    People... It's not ON the site of ground zero! It's 2 blocks away. Of course we all remember the horror of 9/11. But how far do we keep expanding the boundaries of ground zero? It won't stop at 2 blocks. Think about it.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  6. Dan

    El,
    A comment to you. Not all Muslims are terrorists; however, with the exception of McVeigh, all Terrorists are Muslims. Research it back 60 years, and ALL attacks, with the exception of McViegh, were Muslim.
    So, not only no for this Mosque but H___ no.
    Additionally, a place of worship is to give Praise to the one and only God, and when Mosques preach Jihad, that is not worship.

    August 3, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  7. Kayla

    It was not Islam that attacked the World Trade Center–yes the attackers were Muslim but extremists from any religion are an inaccurate and minority representation of that particular religion's beliefs. Hopefully this center will provide an opportunity to help heal wounds between our two worlds because it is not Muslims who are our enemies, but the extremists.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  8. Derek Myles

    This is proof that the very strength of Democracy will lead to its destruction. It will come from within, not without.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  9. army guy

    What a slap in the face!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  10. Jeffrey Deckelnick

    I think this whole mosque conversation is a bit hypocritical for a country that claims to have freedom form religious persecution.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  11. Kelle

    I think the best use of the space would be an interfaith center that included community resources as well as prayer space for Christians, Muslims, and Jews (etc). What better way to honor those who died in 9/11 and to combat the forces of intolerance on all sides that to serve the community in action and prayer.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  12. Ricardo

    Interesting that the so called loud minority thinks that religious intolerance is American. Isn't intolerance the very thing practiced by the terrorists? Aren't we better than them? Or is the difference only in our passports and color of skin?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  13. Jean

    I feel it is so wrong for them to build a mosque there. I am however not surprised by this, we do things to be politically correct, even when we know it is wrong. Shame on all of us. I will never forget 9/11 or who did it.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  14. Ron Mendelsohn

    It is not appropriate for ANY house of worship of ANY faith to be erected on this site. This is hallowed ground and it must not be usurped by one religion or another. To do so is just to embroil the house of worship in a political imbroglio, and the end result is the exact opposite of their stated objective of spreading peace and harmony.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  15. Andy

    Do muslims alow Church in there country?

    I Don't Think So...not even 1 church!

    Its time to say NO people!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  16. Ida

    I think we should, with some grace, welcome this mosque. We are a country of freedom of religion. We should honor this tradition. We should judge this as if it was a Christian Church. How would we think about it then?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  17. Gary

    When will the USA wake up to understand that 9/11 was merely the initial volley by the jihadists and that this Mosque will put a dagger into the heart of all people who love freedom and the Western way of life.

    Islam is not a religion: it is a political movement that resorts to violence and propaganda to recruit followers and to make sure that Islam remains a one-way cult in which there is no escape.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  18. Paul

    This is outrageous. If one is a true muslim, then they follow the koran, which teaches them to kill everyone of us infidels dead. If Americans don't start standing up for themselves. We are soon going to find ourselves in another country.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  19. Nona Guillemette

    I am, overall, open minded and don't believe the Muslim community as a whole should be blamed for the 9/11 tragedy. However, constructing a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center is just going too far. To me it would be like building a Nazi museum near Auschwitz! NYC is not huge, but I'm certain they could find another, more appropriate site for their mosque. It's just wrong!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  20. David

    To assume that anyone has the right to tell the building owners what they can or cannot do with their own property is insane. I can appreciate that the families of some 9/11 victims may be upset, but the people who want to use that building have done nothing wrong, and attempting to control what the owner can do with his own property based on religious beliefs is wildly un-American. It flies in the face of everything our country is supposed to stand for.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  21. Cannot say I am a soldier

    This is a slap in the face to all the soldiers that died during this war and to the Americans that lost their lives during 9/11.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  22. Jennifer

    I think that the building of a mosque near ground zero reminds the world that this is America, where everyone has the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  23. Thomas L.

    Zoning issues aside, government should not interfere where anyone chooses to build their church. If we are truly a country that respects and honors the ideal of religious freedom-for all faiths, then we must allow this community center to be built.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  24. Betty

    – It may have been the exremists who attacked the World Trade Center but it it is the Muslim Religion that is against & approves of murdering all who are not of this demonic Muslim religion. Yes there are some really nice Muslims – but will kill you when thier 'religion' says to – This is coming so beware!

    – It is the biggest slap in out face. And those who are building it are more interested in $$ than how the United States Citizens feel.

    – It may keep many from even visiting the World Trade Center site – not with that religion so close. Disgusting!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  25. Jeremy

    I think it's a good idea to build a mosque close to to Ground Zero. It shows that we are the "bigger man", that even 9/11 won't scare us or change how we treat others, as equals.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  26. Ann

    I think it is terrible to have the mosque located at ground zero where so many precious lives were taken because of terrorists. Think about it...all terrorists are Muslin. There are so many other sites for this other than ground zero. This would truly be a slap in our faces....What are they trying to prove??

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  27. Ben

    If nothing else, the heated debate over the plans to build this "mosque" at "Ground zero" shows just how much we must improve interfaith dialogue in America. With due respect to the emotional toll that any discussion of ground zero undoubtedly takes on families of 9/11 victims, this center would represent what is fundamentally great about America. To oppose it is to oppose the basic freedoms that we claim to hold so dear. Until we, as a country, learn to trust Muslims instead of being skeptical of their every move, these problems will continue to plague us.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  28. Michael Fitzgerald

    Islam has a tradition of building mosques on the site of a victory. Make no mistake, the builders of this mosque view 911 as a victory against the United States.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  29. Liberal4Obama

    Conservatives are trying to divide America along racial and religious lines for their own political benefit, it is shameless and despicable. This is the same level of intolerance as in the immigration debate.

    If the GOP cares so much about 9/11 why did they DENY healthcare benefits to our 9/11 Heroes, the first responders who are dying because of the toxic fumes they ingested while rescuing people and clearing out rubble?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  30. El Griego

    The idea of building a Islamic religious structure so close to ground zero is a tremedous slap in the face of the American people. This insult to the American people should not be tolerated.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  31. tom danks

    i've always thought that muslims who perpetuated terror were a splinter group. now, with a mosque planned blocks from ground zero (a slap in our face), i have to wonder about the rest of them. obviosly they have no concern for us.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  32. Ina

    Religion is Religion our we as Americans going to complain if they build a Catholic church, Baptist Church, Seventh day Adventist or any of the 100 other beliefs. I think we are beginning to get a little like during the Japanese war where we put them in camps to so called keep them safe. Are we going backwards or forwards the people need to think about this. I always was taught to believe that we have are freedoms what happen to them.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  33. Miranda

    This is absolutely ridiculous! The problem with building a mosque 2 blocks away from ground zero is the effect it will have overseas. If Al-Qaeda gets a hold of this we might have a dangerous situation as far as recruiting for Al-Qaeda both overseas and within the countries. Other than that I don't really have a problem with it.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  34. Jon

    A Mosque is not the instrument that caused 9-11. By associating the two, it drives the racial bias that is misguided. The media should focus less on the sensation of news reporting over the value of news reporting.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  35. Deborah Zawacki

    I remember reading in some Black History literature that the original design for the Statue of Liberty was a Negro Slave breaking his chains. That design was scrapped because it was felt that it might upset the former confederates by reminding them of their defeat, and in the interest of unity and healing, a different design was planned.

    With that in mind, it seems like America has at least one incidence of not building a monument that would be divisive by reminding a significant part of the population of their loss and suffering. even if it might represent victory and a proud message to others.

    If that building becomes an Islamic Center, I hope that it keeps this in mind and does much to counter any negativity and reaches out to the larger community. Perhaps its own monument expressing sorrow and regret and empathy....

    August 3, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  36. Donald Sisco

    Last time I checked we still had freedom of religion in this country. Isn't that part of what our brave men and women have fought and died for during the history of our nation.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  37. Karam

    I just don't UNDERSTAND how the Islamic center got the Green light to go ahead and build. Thats a slap in the face for every American. I m a Canadian and think its wrong.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  38. Haroon

    Mosque shouldn't be build there. Those muslims who are trying to build it ask them do they allow churchs to build in their countries easily. For example, Saudi Arabia does not allow Churchs to be built at all. Pakistan rural areas difficult job to build Churchs and in lot of other muslim countries....Muslim go into other countries and ask for freedom. Do they practice the same exercise in their countries for other religions.....NOPE!. Infact immigration of Muslims should be stopped both in USA and Europe as no muslim country does not even give immigation visas to anybody not even their muslim fellows....they live here and come here, but inside they hate and are malicious people....majority of them

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  39. Raf

    I think it is so wrong to build a mosque so close to ground zero. I am not against muslims i think they have the right to have a mosque but not at 2 bloks from Ground zero, if they move it up that will be ok for everyome, it's just common sense. I think the radicals are the terrorists but if the muslim-american comunity want to improve their image build your mosque but not in there, buld it in central park or somewhere else but it's just common sense.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  40. Jon

    If Muslims want to build bridges of tolerance and improve community relations and all that, more power to them. This place is a community center and mosque. Strip out the mosque part and that would show a real intention to improve inter-community relations. If this group built a 9/11 memorial, funded and operated by Muslims, with no religious connections, just good old American patriotism, that would be a powerful message. Since that is so obvious and yet they chose not to do so and instead dedicated an entire floor just to Islam, it's impossible to not view their actions with a bit of suspicion.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  41. Nash

    This is America and as Americans they have the right to build a mosque where ever they want to. They are not building it in ground zero, its near ground zero. We stereotype everyone today in America if your not Christians or catholic. If they wanted to build another church near the site no one would say a word.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  42. Mr USA

    New York has always proved it's a great melting polt for all religions, race and people. However, in this case, I must disagree. The buck stops here. A center specifically for muslims this close to Ground Zero is not acceptable to the AMERICAN People. Don't believe me, take a vote.. Guarenteed it doesn't pass... Can't be more democratic then that..

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  43. Charlie

    I'd like to think that the United States is exactly the type of country that would embrace the placement of a mosque in such a symbolic location. To me it would epitomize understanding and compassion, and would be a serious blow to the rhetoric that Al Qaeda and other Islamist groups have employed to recruit new members: that the United States is at war with Islam. That is not the case, and it saddens me to hear that so many Americans don't seem to understand this.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  44. Claudia

    Where is the Cordoba Group's funding coming from? This question has never been adequately posed by media sources and continually fobbed off by elected officials scapegoating a very legitimate question about national security as racist. Also why is it that opponents of this plan are called racist when it's illegal to even convert to another religion or erect a non-Muslim place of worship in the UAE and Dubai where the Cordoba Group is headquartered? Bloomberg and his cronies are simply looking to get rich(er) from this project despite the discomfort level of many around the U.S. with this high-priced plan.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  45. Betty

    Personally, I am sworry the United States has allowed so many of the Islamic faith into the U.S. – And then they have babies & more babies.
    – The government is bending over backward to 'help' those of Muslim faith – yet – bend over backward to Go Against Christians!
    Where is the Fairness is this!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  46. John

    I have very strong feelings about this slap in th face of the American people. Try burnning a quoran and a bible at ground zero or any other place and watch the reaction. Americans and the world are afraid of these radical Muslums. All Muslums are radical at some point and we allow a shrine to the purpatraors at ground zero. Only in Americaa can this travisty happen.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  47. Cal

    This country was founded on freedom of religion. Not all Muslims are terrorists. No one should be against this Mosque, i understand it's an emotional place to put one, but it makes no difference.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  48. Walid

    Building this mosque will shows the Muslim world That America is not against Islam.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  49. AJ

    The attacks on 9/11 were an attack on American's freedom and its principles. Religious freedom and practice is an American principle, and it would be un-American to protest the construction of the Mosque. Islam isn't an enemy of the US, but rather, radical terrorist who have hijacked the name of Islam. If this mosque is built it may help bridge gaps and promote tolerance.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  50. Alicia

    People originally came to this country for religious freedom, if we have people outraged about a Mosque or a community center it seems to be a bit contradictory. Not all Muslim people preach Jihad, those are the extremists! In this country we have had many extremist Christians, does that mean that all Christians are bad...throughout history there have been many people who hide behind their religion to further their agenda. We all believe in one God (all religions)! I think just once people should look at Islam as a child would, with an open mind before they make their generalizations.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  51. darren

    well perhaps one of cnn's member should go to a Mosque and participate in a prayer and then one can differentiate if Islam is a peaceful religion or not.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  52. Perwez

    If rule of land is not stopping to built any structure then why so big hue and cry. Media is spreading this information in very wrong way so that people should get to this issue in very wrong thinking...

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  53. Anna Horsfield

    America is build on it openness, the fact that as a country all races and faiths are welcomed. To object to the building of the mosque goes against the pillars upon which America stands. However whatever you view you take, it should be said that the fact there is a fight over this proposed building, it represents what NY is defined by – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, politics, assembly, beliefs, and freedom to be an individual.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  54. WJ

    This is an insult to New Yorkers and Americans as a whole. It is despicable that this is being allowed to happen. Clearly freedom of speech and religion should be in force but if lets use some common sense and not insult the country you are in.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  55. Mel from MO

    To those offended, you must know that an Islamic Center is not necessarily disrespectful. To say that including a Mosque in the new plans is a bad thing , is sort of saying that all of Islam is bad? People must realize the men that committed those horrific crimes in our country (9/11) are of an extremist nature and do not represent the vast majority of Muslims. Freedom of religion?
    On the other hand, I can understand the feelings of some of those outraged to an extent.They have lost loved ones 9/11 and don't want anything that THEY feel is associated with that in the vicinity. It's unfortunate that they can't see that its nothing personal.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  56. zeik sobh

    a place of worship near ground zero and not on ground zero is a symbol of peace. a mosque is known to be a place of refuge a place of worship a place of tranquility. mosques are not only for Muslim people but for the ever expanding different religious realms all over the world. I think building a mosque near ground zero is great idea.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  57. Lucy

    I cannot fathom that the commission did not consider the feelings of those who lost people in the events of 9/11. There were many places for a mosque, so why did the moslems choose that spot? Did anyone really think about that? It is a huge mistake.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  58. John, Canada

    I cannot believe a country as patriotic as the United States would allow a mosque to be built on land near the most devastating attack on American soil. I am no racist, but it is clearly a way for Muslims to state that they have conquered ground zero. This is a real slap in the face to the families of the 9/11 victims.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  59. Mona

    What's wrong with those people who oppose building a community center with a swimming pool and and other activities as well as a mosque for prayers! Islam is not the enemy and none of the other religions. The enemy is ignorance. Believing lies without taking the time to research and find out the truth for oneself is the main reason for bigotry and racism.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  60. Lauren

    well first of all were not a muslim country . It doesnt say on our money in islam we trust it says god so, if anything should be bulit there it should be a church.
    Second of alll in this bad economy the money shouldnt be used to build a mousque it should be used to help make our economy become stronger. And the people who complain about there not being a mosque were not a muslim country were are a christian country for example the pledge of allingence says one nation under God we dont say under Islam !! So the people offended by us not building a mosque im sorry tha if you had family who died in nine eleven but were not a muslim country but im sorry you lost a loved one or love ones . I think there shouldnt be a mosque built and the money should be used to help our economy.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  61. Wes Carter

    I don't believe it should be built there. I think every mosque has a terrorist in it. Until the men of Islam change there attitudes towards women we should not allow them to build anymore mosques anywhere. Look at what is happening in every islamic country around the world wht treatment towards women especially the teenage girls, the cutting off of ears and noses when the men of islam are doing the same thing as the women. Thier goal is to take over every country they can and convert it to a Islamic state. Look around at what is happening in Africa, Asia, and other countries. Open your eyes people.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  62. mike sey

    This is the right decision and the only decision the Landmark Commission could or should have made. Those who can't accept it undermine the very values they ostensibly stand for.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  63. Patrick

    A Mosque on the site of The world Trade Center is just another slap in the face to the families of those who paid with their lives. But that is typical for the radicalm Islamists...They always build their Mosques on the sites of those who they've conquered all through history. Do we not "Get It"....all they need is one more foothold here...Let them build it in Yemen!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  64. mns

    What an outrage. Certainly there are other locations where a Mosque can be constructed in the city, why are they determined to build right next to the site of America's most devastating terrorist attack by radical Muslims? This is wrong on so many levels, I am beginning to question the direction this country is headed. Maybe I should move to Australia where things are the way America USED to be!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  65. itsmysong

    I know that this is a very touchy subject especially for New Yorkers, but I see a lot of things that people get wrong factually. People who were followers of Islam bombed the Twin Towers, but that doesn't mean that every follower is a terrorist or hates America. Should all churches be raized in Oklahoma City because Timothy McVeigh was a Christian. I doubt many of those arguing against the Mosque would say yes. This double standard deserves some consideration. That said, perhaps the bes option would just be to have an Interfaith Community Center that will work to serve all religions and bridge the gaps of understanding between them. I think that might be more of a step forward than giving the building to any single religious group.This would give us all a better place to heal and grow.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  66. Martha

    I for one think not all muslims are terrorist. But if they let them build a mosque that to me that is really disrespectful to me, to the family members of the 9/11 victims and to many Americans. The idea of it is very disrespectful. Like Dan said, "With the exception of McViegh, all terrorist ARE muslim

    August 3, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  67. Iris

    If the situation was reveresed, and a similiar horrific attack happened in the middle east by extremists (from America), like it happened at the WTC on 911, would the muslims in any region of the middle east from north africa to pakistan, would they accept a christian church to be built there? I think not, (lets not forget the celebrations in the streets of the middle east and america when 911 happened)

    August 3, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  68. Roger

    What's In A Name?
    “Cordoba,” in Islamic symbolic terms, means Islamic rule in the West. It does not mean “COEXISTENCE,” unless coexistence is interpreted as referring to Islamic rule.

    “Cordoba” is not a name that evokes peaceful coexistence of Islam and the West.

    I don’t think any treatment of the topic can be complete without reference to the meaning behind the name of the “initiative” that intends to establish it – the Cordoba Initiative.

    The media and today’s younger adults, however, have learned nothing about the Mediterranean before 1492 except that the Muslim period in Spain was a flowering of science, art, and culture. There was a great deal to admire in the accomplishments of the Muslim Cordobans, but they did, in fact, invade and conquer Spain, sell its inhabitants into slavery, provide a base for slaver raids into other parts of Europe, and rule by the sword in much of the caliphate.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  69. Pat Bowie

    I am a Canadian, with immediate family members in the States, and share the concerns of many.

    The site of the 9/11 attacks - - and the area around it - is a very sacred place not only for all Americans, but for those who love freedom and human rights, and remember the struggle of our forebears over centuries to achieve them - and how fragile they are.

    Perhaps there should be an area around the actual site preserved from intrusions like this.

    The Cordoba Initiative (CI) website states it:
    "aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, steering the world back to the course of mutual recognition and respect and away from heightened tensions."

    This is the wrong way to go about it.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  70. Sofia

    I have no problem with a mosque being built there. There is a difference between the extremists behind 9/11 and moderate Muslims who just want to live their lives in peace... We need to be able to differentiate the two.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  71. Margaret Stephens

    It is obvious that few people in the United States knows what the Muslim religion is all about. Check out the cover of Time magazine 08/09/10 and read the article about the cover. Go to your library and check out the book "Stealth Jihad, How radical Islam is subverting America without guns or bombs." Or the book "They Must Be Stopped". Or "Becasue they Hate". After reading these you will hope you are dead before the Muslims take over the world in about 20-30 years. Also, did you know that in 1990 the women in Afganistan wore blue jeans and mini skirts and makeup? Not any more! and they are only allowed to walk in front of their husbands when they are walking through a mine field.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  72. concerned

    I never saw one muslim come out and denounce the barbaric acts perpetrated on 9/11. I think to most muslims (extremist or not) that was a victory that echoed globally. And, like most (yes most) Americans believe this is a huge slap in the face to all of us and especially to those who lost loved ones there. Would Muslims allow us to build a Church in a place where Christians just killed 3000 muslims (Which, by the way would never happen, because Christianity is about Love and peace) ... I don't think so. This is such an outrage, it's really hard to believe that this is even a debate.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  73. Dorothy E. Hinton

    it seems as if any religion gets privileges in America,except Christians. they don;t dare open their mouths to criticize any sin or happening that goes against the Christian principles America was founded on. these principles are what has made this country strong! Ignoring those principles or trying to negate them will destroy America. Our leaders are not leading. They are too busy trying to get reelected. I think there is plenty of room for a mosque in Irag. Maybe they need community centers to help People(women) there. America needs to get back to our Christian roots

    August 3, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  74. Kevin Clarke

    In the U.S. we have freedoms and if they stop the building of this mosque it would take away the essence of those freedoms. It's time to stop blaming all Muslims for the acts few extremist. We have freedom of religion for a reason, to insure the right we can practice whatever we want. If we start telling anyone where they can and can not build their places worship our freedoms mean nothing.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  75. Alex

    All terrorists are certainly NOT Muslims, as terrorism exists around the world. However, a mosque close to ground zero really is a slap in the face to America, especially those who lost their lives on 9/11, regardless of the intentions of the mosque. I am open to bettering the relationship between the U.S. and Muslims and encourage any sort of Islamic community center, but putting it so close to the event that began our War on Terror, a.k.a. Muslim extremists, is just not right.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  76. Catherine Schelling

    Non-extremist, non-terrorist Muslims, i.e., everyday people who happen to be Muslim seem to agree that those led into Jihad are emotionally vulnerable and ignorant of the true teachings of their religion. Building a community center and mosque in the heart of the city can provide a place for reaching out to would be terrorists with the alternative message of hope, faith and courage to face the world's problems through the power of an inclusive community. And...what a great place for non-Muslims to visit and learn more about Islam – not necessarily to become a Muslir , but simply to grow in consciousness of the fact we are all in this experience called life together. Many Americans are in need of a paradigm shift in understanding with regard to the culturally mixed nature of our country. As to the proximity of the project to Ground Zero...It's time to move on together.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  77. Josh Sider

    The problem with the Cordoba center is not that it is a Mosque, but that it is an Islamic community center.

    Until the Islamic community both here and elsewhere gives clear evidence that it is absolutely and completely against suicide bombers, its proximity to ground zero is an insult and affront to all that were murdered there. That evidence does not currently exist.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  78. Don

    This is an outrage. Put a Christian church in Kandahar and see what they would do to us...

    August 3, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  79. Iris Ortiz

    If the situation was reveresed, and a similiar horrific attack happened in the middle east by extremists (from America), like it happened at the WTC on 911, would the muslims in any region of the middle east from north africa to pakistan, would they accept a christian church to be built there? I think not, (lets not forget the celebrations in the streets of the middle east and america when 911 happened)

    alaykum, Iris Ortiz

    August 3, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  80. Sharon Long

    While the sentiments in favor of the mosque have validity, the fact is that perception is far more powerful than some abstract ideology. If in fact most muslims do not support Jihad, when will we see public statements from peaceful muslims denouncing the concept. It is not enough to say that most muslims are not terrorists, the muslims must condemn the practices of Al-Queda, Hamas, and all the other non-peaceful groups that kill in the name of Allah. I have yet to see this happen. Silence is viewed as complicity or approval. When muslims speak out against terrorist activities publicly, I may believe that they really want peace.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  81. mark

    How can you deny believers in Islam a Mosque near WTC? Islam didn't didn't fly those jets, fifth-teen psycos did. No one would stop a church from being build near the Oklahoma city federal building, that was demolished by so call Christains. Let us put away our prejudices and accept this great country for what it is.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  82. Layla

    I don't see the difference between a Church, Synagogue, or Mosque being built in this area of debate. Because what many Americans don't know is that the attackers of 9/11 were Al-Qaeda members, NOT muslims. They have absolutely nothing to do with Islam. This Muslim center would be a perfect revenge upon them (Al-Qaeda members) because this is where interfaith would take place. That is exactly what Al-Qaeda dispises – Christians, Muslims, and Jewish people peacefully communicating and working together for a common purpose.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  83. Don

    This is an outrage. Put a Christian church in Kandahar and see what they would do to us... I think our hospitality and tolerance has ran out.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  84. I Pledge Allegiance, USA

    Two copies of the Qu ran exist in my home. Neither are required to learn about Islam. America learned all it needed to know about Islam on 9/11. A peaceful religion, as long as your not an infidel. A peaceful religion if you are a Muslim? Shiites killing Sunnis and Sunnis killing Shiites, both Muslim, go figure. A mosque 9.11 blocks from ground zero, too close, 9.11 miles from ground zero, still too close. No to the mosque out of respect for the blood that soaks the sand of ground zero crying out to a sleeping America to wake up.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  85. Michael

    I have to wonder if this debate would be taking place if there were plans to build a church only blocks from the site of the Oklahoma City bombings. After all, some of the men involved in the bombing grew up in the Christian church. Does this mean that all Christians are terrorists? Of course not, just like not all Muslims are terrorists. We must remember that these Muslims are Americans like the rest of us – not extremists that may come from any religion.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  86. David Vadnais

    If we don't allow the mosque to be built near ground zero then the terrorists have won. They have then succeeded in influencing America so that we once again do not live up to one of the principles this country was supposed to be founded on. Islam did not cause the tragedy of 9-11. Radical philosophy, poverty, and incompetence did.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  87. Angie

    Ground Zero, Land Mark Status.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  88. Yasir

    The fact that the construction is the Mosque is so opposed is appalling. Why should American Muslims be punished and have their freedom to build this Mosque taken away for something a radical group living halfway across the world did? The building of this Mosque is not a slap in the face to anyone. The true slap in the face is to the families of the innocent Muslims and Muslim firefighters who died in 9/11. They now are now at risk of losing this Mosque and being punished for an tragedy in which their loved ones were killed.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  89. Teresa Perkins

    I beleive the U.S. is the melting pot of the world. I beleive that everyone has the right to practice their spiritual beliefs as they see fit. There are two things that concern me about this issue. One is friction from both sides, with possible violence. The other is the probability of radicals within the Muslim community using this as a focal point to sway young Muslims towards their veiws.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  90. Pete Scarnato

    Its a shame emotions get in the way of good decision making. Understanding and respect is needed if conflicts of cultures and religion is to end. If the intent of building the Mosque is to bring cultures together then ground zero is a good starting point to bury hatred,bias and the history of humiliation felt by the majority of both people. Fools of the world need to realize the variety of cultures make this world interesting and that religion is about faith and hope and the placing a face on God is about ignorance. When the time comes God will show you his face.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  91. maryam syed

    I am glad to see people who are above stereotypical influence. I dont think this is a debate about whether the mosque should go up or not, rather it is the truth of society that does not realize that one third of the worlds population are Muslims and cannot be labelled due to the actions of a handful.
    The need is to educate people and show them for a change the advancements in science and technology Muslims have contributed to and still are contributing to.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  92. Carol from Florida

    That is utterly appauling!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  93. stephen bryant

    Just tell me that America isn't for sale?

    August 3, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  94. Nikki S

    How will this bring cultures together? Wouldn't it just bring Muslims together?

    August 3, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  95. Stumpp

    People are acting just the way the terrorist what us full of fear and hate.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  96. Brett

    I certainly hope the sacred location of this mosque doesn't become the future sight of protests, peaceful or God forbid violent.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  97. Terrie King

    The entire Muslim religeon did not attack us, terrorists attacked us. I would hate to think what protests would come around the world if Christians were held accountable for every atrocity committed by a Christian. We are bigger than this, show our humanity and our intelligence by supporting this Mosque.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  98. madeline

    I have no problem with it. It is a religion not a terrorist group. Clansmen are Christians. It has nothing to do with Christian religion.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  99. Linda Cooper

    Why are people so resistant to trying to find common ground rather than maintaining ground zero! The people who are objecting to this group's right to build this structure are continuing to foster the division which stands in the way of healing and the possiblity of ultimate peace.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  100. Yvette

    Everything about this project shows the terrorists are just thumbing their noses at us. I'm sure they are thinking they do anything to us & we won't do anything about it that really counts! This is where so many Americans lost their lives at the hands of these brutes. Now we want to erect a MONUMENT to them? This is crazy!

    August 3, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  101. Robert

    I am a canadian, we are thought to be peace loving and tolerant but this would not go on in my back yard. I believe lives will be lost over this attempt by muslims to spit in the face of all north americans

    August 3, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  102. Kenny

    When did we become a country that inhibits peoples rights to religious expression. If you don't like the Islamic center being built then it's simple...exercise your freedom of choice and "choose" not to visit it.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  103. SFC (Ret) APY

    Speaking from the perspective of 1 Retired Army Combat Veteran...I am appauled, saddened, and dissapointed by the decision to allow the building of this mosque. What an insult to our patriotism!

    August 3, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  104. Kim Jelley

    I guarentee you that the individuals pushing for this 'mosque' (and the people on this blog agreeing with this ridiculous idea) were not one of the family members directly affected by 9/11. This will absolutely NOT bring cultures together. Ground Zero was where my sister was brutally murdered. It's bad enough to have a hole in the city left as a blatent reminder of the thousands of people killed there. The last thing I want to see is a symbol of Muslims, good or evil, planted right in the middle of it. Sorry, this is sacred ground and deserves RESPECT. Put your mosque somewhere else, this is an outrage and insult to all 9/11 families.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  105. Jake

    No body is saying Islam is bad, it's just that America just rewarded the perpetrators of the 9/11, encouraging more and more of such elements with such extreme radical ideologies to do some more bombings. After all, a Mosque would be built at the site they bomb.
    MORE BOMBINGS, MORE MOSQUES.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  106. Will

    Not building this Mosque would be a slap in the face to our founders who held the idea of freedom to worship so dear, that they wrote it down in our Constitution.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  107. Kenny

    I wonder if they built a Jiffy Lube there would you all complain because there would be a mosque inside. Its an Islamic Center....there are over 15 mosques in Washington D.C. blocks from the White House. Get over it!

    August 3, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  108. Mahmood Qadri

    A Mosque near ground zero? whats the big deal? Isn't America all about freedom? freedom of expression, freedom of following a religion of your choice? If the American Muslims are not allowed to build this mosque it is actually going to be a slap on the constitution of America not on the face of families suffered on 9/11. This mosque is going to be a best move to eliminate heat between the communities. If pushing people away and spreading hate is a cure to the families suffered on 9/11 this mosque must not be built....... because Islam is all about winning hearts not slapping faces.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  109. Joan KARVER

    Build a wonderful religious building that has symbols and places to worship for all the religions of America....Christianity,Judaism,Moslem,Hindu,Buddhists etc..Let it be a place of peace and serenity for all visitors...showing the world that is what makes America different...

    August 3, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  110. Dan

    We must stop this from happening. They come over and blow up our buildings And kill three thousand people and than want to put their buildings up. NO, No, NO. Take their money and rebuild the world trade center and than make them all go home till they can respect America. This is so wrong to let them have their Mosque.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  111. John

    Thank you New York for supporting this mosque and keeping us on the moral high ground. I can't think of a better way to slap the face of terrorists who subvert the Muslim religion for their own warped purposes and to exclude other cultures and religions. Building the mosque says so much about how our country values including people as opposed to excluding people. I would appeal to any of my fellow Christians who oppose this mosque to remember that Christian principles are founded on inclusiveness and respect for others, which makes us better than the terrorists.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  112. yih chiu

    I am against building a mosque at ground zero site.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  113. CSM

    America may be a "melting pot", but a good cook will always keep it from boiling over. We have given so much of our culture away and gotten so little in return. It's way past time to assert our national identity and stop bowing to that "sacred cow" we call "political correctness".

    August 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  114. Tarek Labadi

    I understand the aggravations for those who lost someone important in there life in 9/11 and, I feel with them. Therefore, i think building an islamic center could get people from all religions to gather, talk, and understand each other better. Finally, I think we should be united and work together because this is a great country.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  115. An American soldier

    As an American citizen born and raised in NYC and retired from the military feel uncomfortable accepting the building as a landmark near ground zero. To build a Mosque would be a slap to all American's in this country.
    Many of us are not Muslims, so to say that this will benefit all American's is a false idea. I have respect for different religion and cultures in America but, it has become that all foreigners are becoming the majority in this country and the born Americans are becoming the second class.
    America and New Yorkers do not allow this to happen in this beautiful country of ours. "Born to be an American"

    August 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  116. Mo

    It's Binladin's mentality to make guilt by association. 911 did by Al-Qiada operatives. It has nothing to do with Islam or more than billion peace loving Muslims. Al-Qaida kills every day hundreds of Muslims all over the world. Never forget, Muslims were also killed on 911. We need to make bridges between people to defeat those deviants. Those who making hue and cry construction on Muslim community center are have their hidden agenda.

    August 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  117. Joseph Clements

    Wake up America!

    Building a Mosque in downtown New York City near Ground Zero where Muslims killed over 3,000 innocent Americans on 9/11 is shameful. America is a place where we are free and we have freedoms, but this has gone too far. This needs to be stopped now. We need to do whatever is necessary to stop this from proceeding. We can forgive, but this is in your face! Never!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  118. andrea

    I am shocked that American Muslims are so determined to build this huge mosque/community center just two blocks from 9-11Ground Zero,one of the biggest and most expensive financial centers in the world. Why will only this location do? With a history of some American mosques being used as safe havens for terrorists, in spite of the majority of peaceful Muslims who practice their faith there, is it all worth the risk? How do we keep our freedoms if we can't make safety a priority?Our Soldiers are risking their lives to protect our homeland and freedoms. How do we explain this to them? What is the additional cost to NYC, FBI and Homeland security after this is built? Which government programs will be cut to cover this huge never ending$$$ bill? No church/community center in America deserves this much "freedom" under these circumstances with a war going on. Please bring up these questions.Even we Democrats need more answers!

    August 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  119. Pat

    It is customary for a mosque to broadcast a call to prayer over a loudspeaker which can be heard for quite a distance. This takes place several times a day. Will this be done at this mosque? If so, the families and friends of those who lost loved ones will have to listen to this while they are at Ground Zero grieving for their loved ones.

    No one is trying to prevent Muslims from practicing their religion – they just don't want the mosque at this location, so the religious freedom argument doesn't hold up.

    I think more would be accomplished to further good will toward Muslims if they would realize how sensitive this location is, and decide to build elsewhere. Proceeding with this site will not improve feelings towards Islam.

    August 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  120. Mikey

    This is America ,we are fighting and have fought for, religous freedoms.
    The issue is a non-issue in New York but the states rights people and Media people in Alaska and Atlanta are making it their issue stirring the pot of insecurity in America to keep you from thinking about real issues.

    August 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  121. patty parfait

    i grew up believing that i lived in the home of the brave and the land of the free, we wore rose colored glasses. almost 60 years later this country has become soo divided. i taught tolerance and see none.

    August 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  122. Jean

    I don't know what all the fuss is about in putting this mosque up. It's a religious buliding and all muslims are not terrorists. They need places to worship just like any other religion.

    August 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  123. jeannette zapatier

    When are we going to stop trying to be politically correct with the whole world instead of standing our ground and defending our values? It would be a humiliation to us Americans to have the perpetrators of such horrific atrocity build anything next to such sacred place. I vote NO mosque should be built there!!!!-–

    August 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  124. Michael (NY)

    I don't know why I find it so hard to believe, yet I still shake my head in disbelief. Our political "leaders" feel that it is ok to totally disregard the thoughts and feelings of THOUSANDS of survivors, family members, and Americans across the country. These "leaders" have, by their actions, said, "Your opinions and feelings mean nothing. The deaths of 3,000 of your friends/relatives is not as important as bowing to some warped sense of political corectness."
    I found myself in the strange position of actually agreeing with something Newt Gingrich said, and I don't particularly like Mr. Gingrich. He said he would support a mosque at Ground Zero as soon as Saudi Arabia built churches and synagogues in it's country. While we are speaking of churches, etc. why is it Mayor Bloomberg is so gung-ho for this mosque, yet a church that was destroyed on 9/11 gets no such "gung-ho" support to be rebuilt? The whole thing is a disgrace...

    August 4, 2010 at 12:11 am |
  125. william melton

    What is sacred ground if you are going to build another huge tower on it !! Ground zero should stay ground zero! Building on this ground shows how shallow we are.Passing away time with a tower of Babel showing how we have come back from the ashes is not Humble!! We are showing how shallow we are by forgoing our freedoms to say that the Community Center violates sacred ground!! Fear is what the extremist use as their weapon ! If this Center is not built then Fear has won!!

    August 4, 2010 at 5:02 am |
  126. Maya

    This isn't even at ground zero–it is a community center that is 2 blocks away. It won't even be visible from Ground Zero. They own the land, the paperwork is in order, they have the right to do with it as they wish. We also cannot forget that Muslims also lost their lives in 9/11 as well and also are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are not all terrorists. Also, people would do better to just try to overturn the First Ammendment before they try to tell these people they can't build. This would be the same thing as banning CAtholic churches by day-cares, pre-schools, and elementary schools because of all the priests that have been found to have raped children.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  127. Escokat

    NO! Building a mosque at that location is an outrage. The citizens of NYC should fight this with everything they have.

    August 4, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  128. Dan

    Cool. The next thing, these "peaceful" Muslims will be having their Middle Eastern Muslim Terrorist friends at the Mosque, where their next attack against the US can be planned and conducted.
    Pathetic.

    August 4, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  129. The Stone

    What so crazy is there are arabs living within the US that has nothing to do with all of this, and the problem is those type of people are going to be blamed and an uprising is surely going to happend. Now i do believe this is an outraged and this muslim temple should not be built. now i have heard that some how they own that property. So does that mean maybe they also own NewYork, really that is something to think about.,

    August 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  130. sharon

    It location of the mosque seems to be a tasteless challenge to America and Americans.

    August 5, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  131. Michael (NY)

    Hmmmm.......the latest news is about some people arrested in the midwest for supporting terrorism by sending money to terror groups. Yet one person is being given a free pass right here in the center of the terrorist fight. Let's see first in a 60 Minutes interview Imam Abdul Rauf said the following.
    BRADLEY: Are — are — are you in any way suggesting that we in the United States deserved what happened?

    Imam ABDUL RAUF: I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.

    BRADLEY: OK. You say that we’re an accessory?

    Imam ABDUL RAUF: Yes.

    BRADLEY: How?

    Imam ABDUL RAUF: Because we have been an accessory to a lot of — of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, it — in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.
    The Imam refuses to say where the millions of dollars is coming from to build the new "Cordoba". Cordoba a city in Spain where a conquering Muslim army replaced a church with a mosque. This name is a very direct historical indication that the ground zero mosque is all about conquest and thus an assertion of Islamist triumphalism.
    At least two of Imam Rauf's books, a 2000 treatise on Islamic law and his 2004 "What's Right with Islam," laud the implementation of sharia - including within America - and the "rejuvenating" Islamic religious spirit of Ibn Taymiyyah and al-Wahhab. Women have no rights in Sharia.
    And yet NYC is going to allow this man to build a mosque at Ground Zero. I just dont get it.
    And as an added insult, the PORT AUTHORITY still wont approve the Greek Church to rebuild. Why?

    August 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  132. riaz

    All this reminds me of Sir Iqbal, the Nobel Laureate poet of Pakistan (and of India also before partition, I presume) who says in one of his poems:
    This is the best translation I can do on the spur of the moment)

    People filled with the fervor of faith took just overnight to build a mosque;
    But our heart is such an old sinner; it could not become a true worshiper overnight.

    Islam is the religion of peace and acceptance (the word tolerance is misleading as it implies that the one who tolerates is superior to the one being tolerated).

    The biggest sin in Islam is hurting someone's heart and emotional self. And even bigger than that is not honoring someone's dead no matter how they died or who did the killing.

    May Allah, God, and Jehovah who, despite all HIS numerous names remains nameless, help revive the true loving, caring and compassionate Islam bringing global peace to our troubled world. Amen.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:54 am |
  133. Ruth Postorino

    Allowing the mosque to be built near Ground Zero is as unwise as releasing Lockerbie Bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    August 6, 2010 at 10:05 am |