Building a Mosque Near Ground Zero in NYC?

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  1. Anyway, I think that we should love God and love our brothers and sisters and love our enemies.

  2. Sorry, I will. I kindly apologize sir. I was just trying to get the website “link” off of my name. As you know, I’m 25 which I think is still young and reckless. I’m guessing for you Dr. Michael Brown, that age was different. 🙂

  3. This from the New York Post online, dated May 25th, 2010:

    FOREIGN MOSQUE MONEY
    Arabs to help pay
    By TOM TOPOUSIS

    Last Updated: 1:12 PM, May 25, 2010

    Posted: 3:05 AM, May 25, 2010

    The imam behind a proposed mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero will turn to Arab and Muslim nations around the world to help finance the estimated $100 million project, he has told a London-based Arabic newspaper.

    Plans for the project, a proposed 13-story building at 45 Park Place, has generated enormous controversy among some 9/11 families who say it’s too close to Ground Zero.

    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has insisted the project he’s spearheading is meant to build bridges between Muslims and other religions, but so far he has not been able to cite any specific sources of funding.

    But in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Rauf told the newspaper that funding would come from Muslims in the United States and from overseas.

    “Imam Abdul Rauf . . . told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Islamic center will be financed through contributions from Muslims in the US, as well as by donations from Arab and Islamic countries,” the newspaper reported.

    Rauf did not return a call for comment.

    In interviews with US media, Rauf has insisted funds would be raised here.

    “We hope to raise it from a combination of gifts from the local Muslim community and perhaps from some combination of bonds or something like that,” Rauf told WABC Radio’s Aaron Klein last week.

    Foreign funding raises red flags for Debra Burlingame, a member of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, which is organizing to block the project that she says is really aimed at converting people to Islam.

    “The money is very important,” said Burlingame, whose brother was a pilot aboard the hijacked jetliner that struck the Pentagon. “They can’t do what they do — I’m talking about Islamists — without the money coming from somewhere.”

    Community Board 1 will hear a presentation on the mosque, called Cordoba House, at its monthly meeting set for 6 p.m. tonight at 80 Greenwich St.

    tom.topousis@nypost.com

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/foreign_mosque_money_OSkAG6ucmWz6yPAJU61cTO#ixzz0pX6ftTz6

  4. (It may be that my last post is “awaiting moderation” because the link extended beyond the box; so I copied it again without the link.)

    This from the New York Post online, dated May 25th, 2010:

    FOREIGN MOSQUE MONEY
    Arabs to help pay
    By TOM TOPOUSIS

    Last Updated: 1:12 PM, May 25, 2010

    Posted: 3:05 AM, May 25, 2010

    The imam behind a proposed mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero will turn to Arab and Muslim nations around the world to help finance the estimated $100 million project, he has told a London-based Arabic newspaper.

    Plans for the project, a proposed 13-story building at 45 Park Place, has generated enormous controversy among some 9/11 families who say it’s too close to Ground Zero.

    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has insisted the project he’s spearheading is meant to build bridges between Muslims and other religions, but so far he has not been able to cite any specific sources of funding.

    But in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Rauf told the newspaper that funding would come from Muslims in the United States and from overseas.

    “Imam Abdul Rauf . . . told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Islamic center will be financed through contributions from Muslims in the US, as well as by donations from Arab and Islamic countries,” the newspaper reported.

    Rauf did not return a call for comment.

    In interviews with US media, Rauf has insisted funds would be raised here.

    “We hope to raise it from a combination of gifts from the local Muslim community and perhaps from some combination of bonds or something like that,” Rauf told WABC Radio’s Aaron Klein last week.

    Foreign funding raises red flags for Debra Burlingame, a member of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, which is organizing to block the project that she says is really aimed at converting people to Islam.

    “The money is very important,” said Burlingame, whose brother was a pilot aboard the hijacked jetliner that struck the Pentagon. “They can’t do what they do — I’m talking about Islamists — without the money coming from somewhere.”

    Community Board 1 will hear a presentation on the mosque, called Cordoba House, at its monthly meeting set for 6 p.m. tonight at 80 Greenwich St.

  5. To build a Mosque on Ground Zero is to disrespect all those that died in the attack there, as well as those who lost their lives trying to rescue the people who survived the attack.
    This is totally unacceptable for America to think
    that it is ok to disregard the lives lost on 9/11 Building a Mosque on Ground Zero has nothing to do with “Freedom of Religion”, it has everything to do with saving the American Spirit, as well as
    respecting those who lost there lives on that day!

  6. If the motivations for building this mosque were truly altruistic then those proposing it’s construction would not even consider building it anywhere near ground zero.

  7. An insistent controlling submission, not repentance, is the way of Muhammed–extended into this notion of a world center near the collapsed as brutally assaulted twin towers.

  8. Dr. Brown,
    Thank you for a great show. I am interested in how you understand the following statement in our Bill of Rights,
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” (Also the 14th amendment section 1)
    Does this have any application in the discussion at hand? I would love to hear your views on how this would apply to the topic you addressed. Thanks,
    –Amos

  9. Amos, Congress was not in the mix, but local government on this matter coming to be. Islam may be a religion, but its history shows enmeshment in the ongoing political control of its adherents, orientation in power and control by insistence, no room for dissonance away from Mohammed’s violent character model, with much confusion after his passing about an ongoing successions for leadership. Much rhetoric is made by Imams about violence to others who do not share their exclusive beliefs, often based on uttered hatred. There are many laws in the USA, most of which include prohibiting murder, slander, and not honoring plotters and murderers. This would happen with establishments for an organizational following to be erected in the same stead as cited for their motivations for their own justifications of breaking the commandments of Sinai. So, what is it you were trying to say about this matter??? That religion has no boundaries by USA law???

  10. Although I e-mailed the parent organization here about the situation, I am concerned too that Christians in Afganistan–a nation currently defended against militant Islam by many western nations, especially ours–are having to go into hiding to not be prosecuted for practicing their faith. We currently have soldiers on the ground and in the skies dieing to protect their nation, a nation which arrests their citizens for conversion to any faith than Islam, and then often calls for those citizens to be imprisoned or executed. Why die for those who have a total contempt for the religion of those defending their own nation from militant Islam when it is against the law there to belong or convert to Christianity?????

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