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#Ground Zero Mosque

# ground-zero-mosque - Monday 27 December, 2010

2010 in review: September Review2010 This post contains videos

2010 in review: September

A ‘final’ cost on Anglo Irish Bank, scorn for Conor Lenihan, and questions over Brian Cowen’s Morning Ireland performance.

2010 in review: August Review2010 This post contains videos

2010 in review: August

Authorities approve a mosque near Ground Zero, a Chilean mine collapses, and a Coventry woman puts a cat in a wheelie bin.

# ground-zero-mosque - Sunday 12 September, 2010

Anger amid the sadness as America marks 9/11

Rival protests stay peaceful (just about) but sour the air as New Yorkers observe the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

# ground-zero-mosque - Saturday 11 September, 2010

A MAN HAS set fire to a copy of the Quran in a protest at the proposed so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York. Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports that the man set fire to some pages of the Islamic holy book around the corner from the proposed development, before being led away by policemen on the scene.

Obama appeals for calm on anniversary of 9/11 attacks

The president seeks to ease tensions between Christians and Muslims as New York marks the ninth anniversary of the attacks.

# ground-zero-mosque - Monday 23 August, 2010

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE in New York took part in protests both for and against the construction of the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” in Manhattan.

A heavy police presence kept the two groups apart, as one side chanted “No mosque, no way” and the other side shouted “Say no to racist fear”, according to BBC reports.

Proposed plans

The proposals to build an Islamic cultural centre two block from the site of the September 11th attacks in 2001 has inspired an emotional debate across the USA.

Critics complain that the plans are insensitive to the families of those killed in the Islamist attack, and the centre should not so close to where thousands of people were murdered. However, supporter point out that many Muslims also died in the terrorist attack and that religious tolerance is vital.

Cordoba House

It is a misnomer to refer to the proposed building as a mosque, it is in fact 13-storey Islamic community centre named Cordoba House that will contain two prayer rooms. Inside there would be a basketball court, restaurant, and swimming pool.

The centre would be open to people of all religions, having the expressed aim of improving interfaith dialogue. The building will not feature a dome or minaret.

Political agendas?

Some have criticised the behaviour of politicians over their behaviour on the issue. With elections coming up in November, some believe the sensitive issue is being exploited to curry favour with voters.

Critics have questioned Republican Sarah Palin’s assertion that the suggested project is to be built on “hallowed ground”, pointing out that other establishments in the area include bars, strip clubs and a McDonald’s.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama has entered the fray, stating that he believes the centre should get the go ahead. The move has been widely received in a negative light.

Last week, the Pew Research Centre released statistics that revealed 18% of Americans mistakenly believe that Obama is a Muslim.

# ground-zero-mosque - Saturday 14 August, 2010

US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama has said he supports allowing a mosque to be built near the Ground Zero site in downtown New York city. Obama was speaking at an annual White House dinner marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The president had not previously spoken on the issue, nor had the White House made any statement regarding its position on the mosque.

However, speaking last night, Obama said America’s commitment to freedom of religion was integral to the nation:

As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.


His comments were welcomed by NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, but criticised by other New Yorkers who say that the president “is wrong.”

Over 2,750 people were killed when two planes struck the ‘Twin Towers’ – the World Trade Centre – in lower Manhattan on 11 September, 2001. Plans to construct a mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks have drawn intense criticism in the US.

Mark Williams, a prominent member of the conservative anti-Obama Tea Party movement in the US, said:

The monument would consist of a Mosque for the worship of the terrorists’ monkey-god (repeat: “the terrorists’ monkey-god.” if you feel that fits a description of Allah then that is your own deep-seated emotional baggage not mine, talk to the terrorists who use Allah as their excuse and the Muslims who apologize for and rationalize them) and a “cultural center” to propagandize for the extermination of all things not approved by their cult.

The Tea Party said the comment was expressed by Williams personally, and not by the movement. The Washington Post attempts to debunk some of the misconceptions surrounding the mosque here.

Meanwhile, Muslim groups in the US have expressed concerns for their safety as the end Ramadan coincides with the 9/11 anniversary.