Young American Muslims Offer Their Thoughts on the New York Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The pitched battle over a proposed Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan continues to heat up. We've heard from academics and lawmakers. Today, we're asking young Muslim Americans where they come down in this debate. 

24-year-old Abed Bhuyan is a native New Yorker who has spent the past two years teaching in Brooklyn Schools. He's about to head off to Turkey on a Fulbright fellowship. He believes the center should be completed as planned. "I would never concede to move [it,]" he says. "It would set a dangerous precedent across the country." 

24-year-old Maryam Ashraf believes that the debate should be limited to those who live in New York. "I'm not a New York resident," she says. "I don't feel like it's any of my business."


Maryam Ashraf and Abed Bhuyan

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [3]

Paul I. Adujie from New York, United States

Mayor Michael Bloomberg deserve our Thunderous Applause!

And so do all others, including Fareed Zakaria, who have courageously defended the rights of fellow New Yorkers, who happens to be adherents of the Islamic faith.

I am a Catholic, but, I will defend to the death, the rights of Jews, Hindus, Hare Khristina, and of course, Muslims to build a house of worship and a cultural center...

I am heterosexual, but, I will defend to the death, the rights of gays and lesbians to exercise their sexual preferences.

I do not smoke, but, I will defend to the death, the rights of smokers to puff their cigarettes...

This is supposed to be the American WAY!

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Aug. 25 2010 10:56 AM
Jeannie from upstate NY

Anyone who cherishes the liberties of this country should put aside their emotions and recognize that opposing this center is exactly what terrorists want. We should continue to set the example of tolerance to beat them at their own game.

Aug. 24 2010 06:23 PM

I hope that those living outside of NYC will find the reactions of Tribeca residents interesting. This link to the local Brian Lehrer Show is to both audio & online comments from the area:

Aug. 24 2010 07:30 AM

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