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The Marriage of Sexism and Islamophobia; Re-Making the News on Egypt
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I find myself intermittently infuriated and nauseated by the news coverage of the sexual assault on a female CBS reporter in Tahrir Square during the celebrations the day that Husni Mubarak resigned.

Most Religious Leaders (except Franklin Graham) Support Park 51 Mosque
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TIME conducted interviews with eight prominent, diverse religious voices in the U.S. on the subject of the so-called Ground Zero mosque and community center in New York City.

Imam Says Moving Muslim Center Could Spur Radicals
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The imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said on Wednesday night that if he had known how much strife would arise over his plan for a Muslim community center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site, he would not have proposed it.

The Divide Over the Islamic Center
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I’m very disappointed with the poll results, as I’d thought New Yorkers were better than that. Although I live in Manhattan and have an income above $100,000, my demographics are otherwise aligned with those New Yorkers who oppose the Islamic center, and I want my voice to be heard.

The Debate About the Mosque Near Ground Zero
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Broadway is an avenue connecting all of Manhattan in all its diversity. Surely this diversity of cultures that inspires Mr. Friedman might allow for a different site, one outside the parameters, geographic and psychic, of hallowed and commemorative ground.

Broadway and the Mosque
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The Times reported that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim leader behind the project, who has led services in TriBeCa since 1983, said he wants the center to help “bridge and heal a divide” among Muslims and other religious groups. “We have condemned the actions of 9/11,” he said.