Listeners Respond: Muslim Center Near Ground Zero

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Yesterday New York City's Landmarks Preservation Committee effectively greenlighted the proposed Muslim Center two blocks from Ground Zero by unanimously voting not to give historic protection to the existing building on the center's proposed building site. Takeaway listeners on both sides of the issue responded to the building of the Cordoba Center in downtown Manhattan.

Steve King reached us via email:

"If we really want to strike a blow against al-Qaida, we should embrace moderate muslims even near the 'hallowed ground' spoken about in the show. Christians and Jews and folks of other faiths could walk over at lunchtime and shake some hands. Take that, Bin Laden!"

Produced by:

Amanda Magnus

Comments [4]

Katia

Should another gov't building not be built on the site of the Alfred Murrah building in OK City because the terrorist in that case was American, and a gov't building is American, therefore it's terrible to build something American there? Oh, it had nothing to do with McVeigh being American and not all Americans are terrorists? Then how is this any different?

Aug. 06 2010 10:12 PM
lyn g from philippines

I think all people regardless of whether a Muslim, Christian or Jewish must have an equal rights. But I believe everyone must respect the thousands of people killed in 911 attack, and to consider those families who lost their loved ones during the incident.

Aug. 04 2010 08:19 PM
Charles

Lynn Sherr disagreed with the listener who compared the building of a Mosque at the WTC site, with the internationally-known prohibition on building any churches in the muslim holy city of Mecca.

Yes, Ms. Sherr; the WTC memorial site is a civic memorial, and it is not and should not be a religious memorial. Only the perpetrators of the atrocity on September 11 attempted to create a religious/cultural issue, via terrorism.

At the same time, let us at least take a moment to consider Mecca. Because the prohibition against Christianity isn't simply at one particular religious site in the City of Mecca. The WHOLE CITY is forbidden to Christians, and Christians can be arrested for simply being in the city. Freeway signs direct "Non-Moslems" to take an alternate exit to avoid entry into Mecca:

http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/7893/waytomecca13hm.jpg

In any event, the legal arguments miss the point. The real point is that the New York mosque promoters have said that their goal is to promote community outreach and understanding. When in fact, the plans for a mosque in that location has created community discord and outrage. The building of the mosque might well be legally protected. But that doesn't mean that it is a good idea.

Aug. 04 2010 07:04 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The mosque should not be built there, obviously, and public opinion should stop it.

Aug. 04 2010 08:21 AM

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