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Aug-23-2010 17:03printcomments

Controversy Over Muslim Cultural Center Near Ground Zero

Racism and bigotry are alive and well in America.

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Right wing Americans in high places against freedom of religion, have made extraordinarily bigoted statements against the Muslim Cultural Center in New York City.

(SAN FRANCISCO) - Lost in the shuffle about the protests of building a cultural center near Ground Zero is that a number of Muslims died at the towers that day -- not just the nut cases in the planes -- and that nearly all Muslims adamantly opposed the actions and events that took place on 9/11, and denounced them strongly, saying that the Islamic religion in no way condones it.

The controversy has been inaccurately dubbed the "Ground Zero mosque."

Actually, the building will function as an Islamic cultural center, not a mosque. It will include a prayer room, but not a single-purpose house of worship for Muslims.

Furthermore, the cultural center will not be built at Ground Zero. It will be near Ground Zero.

"Eminent" politicians are jumping on the anti-mosque bandwagon.

Sarah Palin called it a "stab in the heart of the 9/11 families."

Senators Johnny Isakson, Olympia Snowe, and John McCain called the cultural center “insensitive.”

Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani -- the 9/11 saint -- called it "offensive."

And New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio called Iman Feisal Abdul Fauf, the Iman behind building the cultural center "a terrorist-sympathizing Imam."

And that right-wing spokesman, Rush Limbaugh, called the President "Iman-a-bama" for supporting the cultural center.

Unfortunately no one remembers the stately speeches given by President Obama Remarks by the President at Iftar Dinner - whitehouse.gov and New York City Mayor Michael Rubens Bloomberg Mayor Bloomberg's Ground Zero Mosque Speech [VIDEO] - aolnews.com

Racism and bigotry are alive and well in America.

Everyone is invited to the "International Burn a Koran Day" hosted by a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, scheduled for the the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Bring the whole family.

Makes one proud to be an American.

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David D. September 9, 2010 9:38 am (Pacific time)

I couldn't agree with this article more. The hatred, bigotry and pure ignorance towards Muslims makes me very disappointed in my country. BTW, I am not in any way associated or believe in the Islamic faith or am a Muslim. I just seem to have a slight knowledge of what real Islam is like, and that's tons more then 99.9% of the rest of the country. It's depressing.


King George III England 1760 August 24, 2010 7:10 am (Pacific time)

Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and Americans have made Toyota #1. Germans tried to destroy Jews and Americans in WWII. Yet I see Mercedes, BMW and Porsche to say nothing of VW and Audi. Just because my great, great, great grandfather was hung in Mississippi I should move to? Hey! Either the Declaration of Independence is for everyone or it's for no one.

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