Thursday, November 15, 2018   

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Five myths about Muslims in America
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I founded the multi-faith Cordoba Initiative to fight the misunderstandings that broaden the divide between Islam and the West — each perceived as harmful by the other. Millions of American Muslims, who see no contradiction between being American and being Muslim, are working hard to bridge this gap.




Behind the Mosque in an Islamic Center, an Imam and a Developer
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When asked why they resist moving the center to defuse critics who call its location near ground zero insensitive, for example, Mr. Abdul Rauf said that a move would anger Muslims overseas and endanger American troops.




Michael Gould-Wartofsky: A New York Teen Speaks Out, September 2001
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In a time like this, after a month of moments of silence for the 5,000, we have to speak respectfully, and we have to speak humbly. But we have to speak, because we need a new way out of this darkness surrounding us.




Mayor Bloomberg: Candidate for Anti-Loon of the Year
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Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg is a candidate for anti-Loon of the yearM due to his consistent defense of religious liberty and steadfast support of the political hot-potato issue of the Park51 Cultural Center, aka the “Ground Zero Mosque.”




Zareena A. Grewal, Ph.D.: Build the ‘Mosque’ or Burn the Qu’ran? It Hurts Some, But It Is Constitutional
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I wonder how many Americans actually believe her. I wish more Americans would reconsider what they think they know about Muslims and Islam, interrogating why they think they know it and who they take as an expert.




Wayne Besen: Why I Support the Muslim Center in New York
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If anyone from this aforementioned crowd of terrorists and tyrants tried to open a mosque next to Ground Zero in New York City, I would understand the heated opposition. If extremist sympathizers pledged to erect a monument celebrating 9/11, I’d say they should be turned down.




Ahmed Rehab: The Untold Story Behind the “Mosque at Ground Zero”
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Americans have a right to assemble and worship freely in this country, period. It’s not only a founding principle of this nation, but a main justification for its founding. It is why many White Christians flooded to this country in the first place.




Mosque Near Ground Zero Stirs Mixed Feelings for Local Muslims
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The same holds true for Pervaz Akhtar, a tailor who keeps a shop a few blocks from the center’s site — and who lost his first shop and nearly his life in the Sept. 11 attacks. “There is a principle involved,” Mr. Akhtar, 58, said. “We believe in the American Constitution.”




Sufis: The Muslims in the Middle
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We have seen Newt Gingrich depict the organization behind the center — the Cordoba Initiative, which is dedicated to “improving Muslim-West relations” and interfaith dialogue — as a “deliberately insulting” and triumphalist force attempting to built a monument to Muslim victory near the site of the twin towers.




Barack Obama in Freedom of Religion Speech: Muslims Have a Right to Build in NYC
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Obama “has, in effect, sided with the Islamic jihadists and told the ummah (at an Iftar dinner on the third night of Ramadan) that he believes in and supports what will be understood in the Islamic world as a triumphal mosque on a site of Islamic conquest.”