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Controversial Mosque Site

There is a controversy stirring around religious freedom in NYC. There are plans to build a mosque, a Muslim place of worship, near the World Trade Center site. There are very different opinions on the matter and it has become a controversial issue.

Read a few different articles about the controversy, then, write 5-6 sentences describing your opinion.

Make sure to include the references to the articles you read. (include the URL).

  1. September 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Well in my own opinion or words i agree with peter that people are taking this “Controversial Mosque site” into such a big deal.I mean over a thousand and more people died in the World Trade Center. Soon people started giving there respects to their past love ones bringing in: flowers,posters,pictures and candles to show their love for the ones they lost. Now that there word of a Muslim place of worship people want to now give the implication of there being controversial debate and “what if” or he/she shot first. I think we are all just to impetuous when it comes to contradicting ourself.Freedom of religion is in the first amendment people,its just a place to give peace,respect and love to the ones u lost in the World Trade Center.It doesnt matter who shot first or started it first when really we should just be giving our blessing and respect to the people we lost and care most about:”love,forgive,respect.” So I do agree with peter I think this is just silly and in some term is a ridiculous controversy.

  2. Daniela BF
    September 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    i think its too much what they wanto to do build a mosque, a Muslim place of worship, near the World Trade Center, we are in U.S.A not in there country, the twin towers was the American symbol and they destroyed it they have to understand that is not fair American people still hurt about it and not even about that remember it was very sad alot of people die. They just dont want it let American be its their country theyhave all the right to fight for it and to not let them to do it .


  3. Harleen K
    September 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Sharif El-Gamal, about three months ago purposed that a mosque should be built near Ground Zero. He believed and still believes that building the mosque near Ground Zeo to get rid of religious extremists. Since the incident of September 11, nine years ago, people were left not only traumatized but angry as well. I think that as New Yorkers we should be well aware of what is going on. The purposed mosque is a real worry for everyone and everyone is entitled to their opinions. I believe that the purposed mosque near Ground Zero is ridiculous.
    Mr. El-Gamal should have thought about what he was saying before he did say something that caused many arguments. At this moment, we see that many Americans fear and they say discriminating remarks against Muslims. This is known as “Islamophobia.” I think that El-Gamal was inconsiderate of the fact that thousands lost their lives on Sept. 11 due to a terrorist attack that was blamed on the Muslims. I’m not agreeing with that crowd says, all I think is that since there are people that do think that way, there should have been no proposal of such kind in the first place. CNN reported someone against the purposed mosque saying “…There’s no denying the elephant in the room. Neither is there any rejoicing over the mosques purposed for Sheepshead Bay, Staten Island and Ground Zero because where there are mosques, there are Muslims, and where there are Muslims, there are problems.”
    I just want to say that I am not against Muslims and I don’t blame them of what happened, all I am saying in that I believe that any proposal of that kind shouldn’t have been brought up in the first place because no one has forgotten the tragedy that struck America nine years ago. I think that it was too early to even think of such a thing.

  4. Adriana
    September 16, 2010 at 12:33 am



    Many people are asking themselves why built the mosque so close to Ground Zero. My question is, why not? If we all “supposedly” have religious freedom and this mosque is NOT allowed to be made, then the government is completely contradicting the whole purpose of our natural rights. This nation is populated by many different nationalities. if you think about it, when 9/11 occurred they did not evacuate all the muslims and let the planes hit afterwards. Im pretty sure a large amount of muslims died as well; Muslims suffered along with the Spanish,Asians, etc… So the discussion of wether they should or shouldn’t create this mosque is unacceptable. Theres no logic to start pointing fingers at who’s to blame, the damage is unfortunately done. I also think it is HORRIBLE how critics call this “monster mosque” isn’t it enough that the muslims have to live knowing they are stereotyped as terrorists ?
    Overall i think they have every right to create this mosque, people are paying way too much attention to this when there are bigger problems that should be feared and solved. This is truly just another example of how the U.S. pretends to be what it is NOT.

  5. September 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I believe that the whole controvery with the Mosque being built near the World Trade Center site is very uneccesary and ridiculous. People should be able to express their religion wherever they want on according to religious freedom. Even though the 9/11 attacks were commited by Muslims doesnt mean that every Muslim that is living today is a terrorist or is going to try and do harm. They are innocent people just like the rest of us. I feel as if all Muslims are being attacked and have the finger pointed at them just becasue of their religion choice. There shouldnt be discrimination of people due to certain events ,even though the mijority have been Muslim but no one gives them a chance. It is like stereotypes basically. The people that will be attending the Mosque are going there to have a place to be calm and peaceful not to plan anything terrible. It is just not right to be making a big deal out of this. People just dont like change and they are also ignorant in the way that they think since a handfull of the same people did something bad the rest of the bunch will which is not true at all.

  6. Jerry Perez
    September 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    In my opinion, first of all, the controversy is made bigger than it already should be. I find this 100% ok for them to be building a mosque at ground zero. I always try and look at it both ways, so i can understand the people who feel offended. I mean people lost loved ones in 9/11 and can obviously be scarred from that. So maybe they’re thinking the people that are building the mosque are rewarding the 12 muslims that caused this. That’s right 12. You shouldn’t judge a religion or anything close to it because of what 12 people from that religion have done. what many people fail to realize is that innocent muslims also died in this tragic event. So muslims have as much right to ask for a mosque there as any other religion can. But there is definetley nothing wrong with people trying to practice their religion. I actually find it great that they’re building a mosque there because the community is almost like welcoming the muslim people to that part of the city and no one should feel offended or anything.

  7. September 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    In my opinion i dont think there’s a problem with building a Mosque where muslim people worship, because this country is made up of many ethnicities. Just like we have churches and many other places to worship, there should be allowed everyones worship place. Not all muslims should be blamed for other people of their religion for what they’ve done in the past. In this country we have freedom of speech and all citizens are given that right and the government has to own up to it. It would also be great sign of respect towards Muslims and for them not to feel discriminated which i know they have for years now. So I do believe the Mosque would be a great idea.

  8. Yarlin Adan
    September 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    In my opinion the building of the mosque is a good idea since it means that the united states is not blaming the muslims and they dont want them to feel like their not part of this country but yet i also believe that they are being hypocritical, because its pretty rare that all of the sudden they want to build this. I also think that it is bringing alot of controversy and maybe thats why they doing this. But its there decision and well what ever they want to do they could go ahead and do it. People just like to talk too much about something their not even sure. An opinion is sure a good thing but not a big deal.


  9. Daritza E.
    September 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    After reading some information on the controversial mosque site near the world trade center site, I would understand why people have mixed emotions on whether the idea should maintain. Although I understand I do think that their making it bigger than what it is. It is believed that the Muslims are responsible for 9/11, and even if they were we should not stereotype a whole religion because of what a few people did. The mosque center is open to everyone, and may even better relations. I also stop to think about those who find it offensive and lost loved ones in the tragedy of 9/11, to some it is sacred ground. But religion should be practiced freely where ever and the US shouldn’t oppose to this idea. My opinion is that not all Muslims are the same and not all Muslims are terrorist, so the mosque idea should remain.



  10. September 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    In my opinion I think it’s a good gesture that shows the this country does not blame Islam or Muslims for the crimes of a few dozen hate filled attackers. It also shows that we are not afraid of someone based on their religious beliefs and hat we can welcome them. What many people fail to realize is one of the ideals this country was founded upon like should we forget these events? Of course not but we should be able to learn from them so they never happen again. I sure it definitely will not nor am I expecting it to be easy. http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/20/2010-08-20_we_wont_build_it_hardhats_say_no_way_they_will_work_on_wtc_mosque.html

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  14. christina chetri
    September 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I think that people are making the whole mosque situation bigger than it should be. There are far more problems in the world that need to be taken care of rather than this. It shouldn’t be a problem for people to build moques. America is known for religious freedom and we should stand for it because than everything else we stand for might as well be forgotten about too. All muslims shouldnt have to pay the price for what happened. I know that many americans lost loved ones but its not right to blame it on other people that are innocent and only looking to practice their religion.

  15. Omar C.
    September 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    My opinion about the contriversial mosque debate, I dont think there should be so many diffrent ideolegies because in this case 12 terrorist do not speak for all millions of Muslums that are now living. I think everybody has a freedom of religion to prey and follow their bieliefs in any temple they desire.But half of the world dosent agree with this.

  16. September 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I’m sorry i forgot to put the source at the end of the comment that i wrote .but here it goes.


  17. September 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    As i was reading throughout different articles about this controversial Mosque Debate , i seriously consider my opinion neutral because both sides of the situation are complicated. However i do think that people shouldn’t be arguing for this new center because everyone has the right to have religion freedom and the right to practice and pray their religion in which place they like to . Although, the people that were killed from 9/11 over there , doesn’t mean that the Muslim were the ones that did it and caused this tragedy. Not everyone is the same. honestly i think people are just making a bug deal for no reason and besides , Muslim have different beliefs than those terrorist people.

  18. Jessica R.
    September 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    In my opinion the building of the mosque near ground zero should happen if the Muslim actually want it. They should know that after building it they will be subjects of discrimination, and if they’re fine with that then they should go for it. People who are against them are just plain ignorant and racist. All Muslims are not to be blamed for what happened 9 nears ago, because they all did not play a part in this incident. When the few Muslims did what they did 9 years ago, they completely made the name of the Muslims ridiculed because of the fact that many think all Muslims are terrorists.

  19. September 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Ever since the 9/11 attack, the United States have held a grudge to muslims, as well as other religions. Americans always fear what they dont understand, and by having doubts about building the Mosque shows the U.S. is just as prejudice as other countries are. I dont find anything wrong with the Mosque being built due to the fact that we have the right to practice any religion. The muslims should be able to practice their religion freely and happily. Eventhough 9/11 did happen, it doesn’t give us the right to blame all muslims.

  20. Fatima M.
    September 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm


    My opinion on this whole situation with this 9/11 and mosque problem is pretty much getting out of hand. Many people dont realize it but its not all muslims who agree with “al-qaeda”, in fact many disagree with what disaster “al-qaeda” is caused them and the name their also giving the muslims. So i believe they should give them the right to build a mosque, it should be freedom of religion although it may bring sadness into peoples lives but it shouldnt really make a difference if they pass by the twin towers, either way it still would bring sad memorys, i dont see whats so different with bringing a mosque a few blocks away. I understand how the americans are feeling about it since they have lost loved ones but it shouldnt give them a right to blame all muslims, and theres also nothing so wrong with people just trying to practice their religion peacfully.

    Fatima M.

  21. Ying Lin
    September 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm


    I believe in freedom of religion, and in America there is Freedom of religion but I strongly believe that the mosque should not be built near Ground Zero. I’m not trying to say that all Islamic/ muslins are terrorist or bad people, but because many people lost family during 9/11 due to the fact that the “killer” is Islamic it hurts them to see someone or something that is the cause of their family’s death near their family member’s burial site. This might be widely known as segregating the muslins and it might hurt those that are wonderful people that are Islamic but I believe there should be a better place to build the mosque, building it one block away from the World trade center is very inappropriate. Even though it has been nine years since 9/11 but many scars still exist, like Gloria (mother of a Paul Talty, an officer) said “the passage of time cannot dull the pain.” And I highly agree with her. If the mosque is build near ground zero it almost seems like that the dead cannot rest in peace. The video shown in CNN of Donald Trump’s interview, I also agree with Trump that there should be a better site for it. Like he said that he know many people who are Islamic that are wonderful people but I think he consider more about the lost in 9/11 more than Islamic because building a mosque near ground zero there will be a sense of disrespect to the lost on 9/11. So I believe in religious freedom but I think that building the mosque near ground zero is not appropriate, they should consider other factors around them before centering religious freedom, and many people might also disrespect the mosque when they pass by so it is better for them to move it to another place so that both ways would benefit.

  22. ivonne M.
    September 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    My opinion in this controversial issue is that they should just let the Muslims build their mosque.Ofcourse what happen on 9/11 was a big tragedy, but that doesn’t mean all the Islams and Muslims are going to be the same and act the same way. Everyone has the right to do what they want and with the help of other supporters they could achieve it . Also because this is religious freedom.



  23. Brandon Autar
    September 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I think building a Mosque is a wonderful idea. Why should we strip the Muslim religion of their right to practice their religion. New York is the city of acceptance so it should be deemed okay. However putting a Mosque near the World Trade Center, the vicinity that was attacked by Muslims is really a slap in the face. Like it says in the New York Post consulting the controversy, “‘If the Japanese decided to open a cultural center across from Pearl Harbor, that would be insensitive,” Sipos told me. “If the Germans opened a Bach choral society across from Auschwitz, even after all these years, that would be an insensitive setting. I have absolutely nothing against Islam. I just think: Why there?'”
    Buliding a Mosque there would be absolutely insensitive. If they want a Mosque in Manhatten I say they move the location. The very edifice is an insult to the many lives lost on that tragic day. Okay so the whole Mosque isn’t JUST a Mosque. But still, it’s where Muslims will practice their religion, right next to a Muslim targeted terrorist striking area.
    New York isn’t filled with androids. We are human being with emotions and most if not all of us have metaphorically felt the impact left by 9-11.
    I say they build their Mosque elsewhere.



  24. Freddy
    September 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm


    Political Debate Fad? Oh Yeah that’s what this is called! All I have to say is whether or not the responsible for 9/11 were Muslim….. (Which is questionable but lets pretend I didn’t say that) A dozen does not speak for a majority of 1.5 BILLION muslims around the world. There are Muslims in this country that are far more patriotic than a few WASPs that I’ve personally met. And let’s not choose sides because thats what Newscasters want. Division to have a story that takes up space in their 5 minute section before the weather. I believe that if they want to build a mosque, Build the thing already and it’ll be forgotten in less than a few weeks. If religious freedom is an American right; lets maintain that because it doesn’t impede on anyone else’s. But hey that’s just me, I could be wrong and this could be a terrible act of obnoxiousness.

  25. Megan
    September 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    While we do have freedom of religion here in New York, I feel it’s very insensitive to people who lost loved ones in 9/11 for the Islamic cleric to insist on that site. Muslims have the right to choose and worship their religion freely however at that site it will create even more controversy. That site is a memorial for not only people who lost loved ones on that day but for all of America. The actions of Islamic extremists shouldn’t be the reasons for not building the mosque but the actions of Al-Qaeda was in the name of Islam. I think they should just move the mosque to a not so controversial site.


  26. Luisa Velasco
    September 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    No matter which way the situation is dealt with, someone is going to have a problem with it. Let us say that they allow Park 51 to be built a few blocks away from Ground Zero. If that happens, a lot of people would find it offensive. It’s in a way disrespectful to all of those people who’s lives were lost on September 11, 2001. Yes, 9-11 was a terrorist attack and yes, some Muslim people were involved but I don’t think it’s fair that people are judging every Muslim because of that. A lot of discrimination is going on because of it. Just because a few Muslims went corrupt doesn’t mean that every Muslim is going to go around and blow up buildings. But we must also understand that Ground Zero is a very important place and to have a Muslim Center near by will cause many problems. I don’t think it but I’m pretty sure that others might see it as a slap in the face, as if the Muslim community was mocking those lives lost during the 9-11 attacks. Now, let us say that they don’t allow for Park 51 to be built there, the Muslim community would get offended. They have every right to build their Mosque. In this country we have Religious Freedom. It wouldn’t be fair if they weren’t given that right. If we discriminate against the Muslims, then what’s from stopping the rest of America to discriminate against other religions? I mean, look at all the problems illegal immigrants are going through now all because of discrimination. I personally don’t really think it’s bad that the Muslims want their Mosque. They have every right to have one. What I do think is wrong is for them to build it there. I’m not discriminating against them in any way but it’s not smart for them to want to build it there. If certain people are going to be upset by the building of the Mosque there, that will just have problems. The Mosque is a place of worship and it wouldn’t be right to surround the Mosque with all this controversy. If the Muslims want to build there Mosque, that’s fine but I don’t think they should build it where they plan on building it. New York City is a city filled with many different people. Different races, different religions, different sexual orientations, etc. I don’t think it would be fair to build the mosque there if it’s going to cause so many people discomfort. The Muslim community can have mosque but else where. Some where that the rest of the city won’t have a problem with. That’s my few on the whole situation.

    A quick summary would be that I believe that the Muslims have the right to build there Mosque but that certain people have the right to be upset by the location. In order to avoid problems, the Muslim community should build their Mosque else where, somewhere they can pray in peace without others negativity getting in the way.

    Source: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/p/park51/index.html?scp=1-spot&sq=ground%20zero%20mosque&st=cse

  27. Jhonatan M.
    September 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    There’s is a lot of questions about the “Controversial mosque”. People think that the religion is bad but it isn’t just because we got attack on September, 11. We all should give it a try and learn about a new religion even if the Muslims did us harm us and made us protect on country a lot more. I think that it should be near ground zero because it will show us that we aren’t afraid of anything and we stand up for the nation. it wasn’t the Muslims who harmed us it was their leader. So we shouldn’t really blame them.


  28. yimara grisales pd9
    September 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm


    I think that they should be able to built this mosque because is there religion and they want a place to expres their religion. I think there is many diffrent religions and yes they should have their right to have somewhere for there religion. yes i also understand that many people dont like that idea but is because of what happened in 911. Also the fact that the terriost happened because of islamic terriosts dosent mean everyone has to be punished for it. Another thing the muslims are putting in the money for this so why should they mind let them built.

  29. Abdur M.
    September 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    9/11 was Al-Qaeda’s attack, and they are the minorities of Muslim population. So why would most of the people thinks that ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORIST while they are the victims of attacks by Al-Qaeda. In this country we have freedom of Religion and can practice any religion we want. The whole building is not a “Mosque”, it’s actually a community center for all people and the top two floors are Mosque. Many people are misunderstanding the purpose of Mosque. It’s not even in Ground Zero.http://www.hudson-ny.org/1509/ground-zero-mosque-protest

  30. Cristina De La Rosa
    September 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    There is this whole controversy going on whether a mosque should or shouldn’t be built near the World Trade Center site, where the 9/11 attacks occurred. Even though the plan is still moving forward, many people are protesting. I think that it is very questionable that the religion plans on building a Mosque close the the World Trade Center. Even though I have nothing against the Muslim religion, I do find it very sketchy that they want to build this Mosque near the World Trade Center out of all places possible. Why so close to where the attacks occurred? I also find it strange that this Mosque will be 12 to 13 stories high. If a Mosque is basically for praying, why so tall? They should be allowed to do anything they want, so if they want to build the Mosque there they can. I just find it questionable and strange. I’m sure they knew controversy would occur over this, and it could lead to religious hatred going on right outside there doorstep if they continue with the plan. I think that they’re putting their religion in a vulnerable place, because I’m sure they knew people would disagree with their choice of placement. I believe they should look at all sides of the equation before they go on with this plan.

    Jackson, Joe; Hutchinson, Bill. “Plan for Mosque near World Trade Center site moves ahead.” nydailynews.com. May 6, 2010. September 14, 2010. http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/05/06/2010-05-06_plan_for_mosque_near_world_trade_center_site_moves_ahead.html

    Sanchez, Ray. “Despite Protests, Mosque Plan Near 9/11 Site Wins Key Vote.” abcnewsgo.com May26, 2010. September 14, 2010. http://abcnews.go.com/US/mosque-plan-clears-hurdle-protests/story?id=10747570

  31. Harmolak Singh
    September 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I think that everyone is being hypocritical and contradicting themselves. The actions of a few Islamic extremists does not mean that all Islam and Muslim people are the same. All these people are trying to do is built their religious center to pray and worship their GOD. I think that people here are racist against religion and that’s why they are making such a big deal out of this. I mean imagine if a white man (American) or a Hispanic person were to have hi-jacked the plane and crashed it into the twin towers. Would people hate all of the white people or Hispanics? I don’t think so. I know that that if the people from their religion wanted to build a church near ground zero as in a catholic church no one would be against. If a catholic person would have taken the twin towers down no one would be hating the Catholics or being against having them build a church. People would actually vote for putting the church there to as a symbol but which religion took down the towers… I mean its probably because the majority in America are Catholics but that doesn’t give anyone the right to treat anyone else from another religion differently. You cant contradict yourself and make different rules for yourself. You cant punish one religion for what happened and not punish yourself if a person from your religion were to do the same thing. Its like saying if a person from the Hindu religion were to have taken down the towers would you hate all the Hindus and create this dispute if they wanted to build a temple there? Its also like saying just cos personally I’m from India that makes me a Hindu, no it does not there are more then one type of religion in India. I for one am from the Sikhism religion. People from the Sikhism religion have also found Muslims long time ago and sometimes still but I don’t let that influence my opinion towards other Muslims. Another example would be if some one says all Hispanic people are same it doesn’t matter if they are Dominican or Cuban or Peruvian, they all speak Spanish. Now doesn’t that sound ignorant, everyone is different. I thought this was suppose to be a new age where people were past discrimination, but apparently we’re still in the dark ages where its the same train of thought and restrictions just all dressed up looking fancier.

  32. Christian Pasato
    September 14, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    As I read in the articles many New Yorkers are very upset with the idea of building a mosque near the World Trade Center. The people think that the place is burial ground since many remains of victims were scattered on the blocks around the World Trade Center. Obama seems that he is supportive with the idea of building a mosque. He also said that he believes that it is fair that the muslims practice their religion, like the rest of people who do the same with their own religions.
    i agree with Obama that the muslims are free to practice their religion. I also think that building a mosque near the World Trade Center is bad because the muslims will get a lot of more hate then they already have. In my opinion i don’t think the muslims will mind practicing their religion in a different location, if they choose to build the mosque in a different place the families of the World Trade Center victims will be more pleased and this issue would be over.


  33. September 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Everyone’s making this whole “Controversial mosque site” a big deal. Honestly i don’t find anything wrong with a certain religious group just trying to practice their religion. Just because we’ve gotten attacked by terrorist in the past doesn’t give us the right to blame them for everything that has happened in New York City. I mean there was a poll taken and 51% to 41%, opposed its construction. I just think they made one small problem spin out of control and turn into a ridiculous controversy.


    • Freddy
      September 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Peter…. Thank you for not being so republican about this situation. HAHAHAHA just kidding man. I don’t really use that term properly. It’s just funny. But I agree

  34. September 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    The controversy surrounding the plans of constructing a mosque which is part of a much larger Islamic Community Center near the World Trade Center site has evolved into their “monster” of ignorance, hypocrisy, futile, and ridiculous.The mosque has not began construction yet the very thought of a place of worship for Muslim anywhere near the WTC where an unfortunate tragedy was bestowed upon the city, when an estimate of 3,497 people lost their lives to terrorist attacks whom happened to be Muslim. The opposers of the mosque’s erection believe distasteful to construct a place of worship because they assume all muslims are evil, radical, what have you and this mosque would be a center to plot future attacks on american soil. The individuals whom oppose the mosque are xeno/islamphobic, ignorant,racist, intolerant, hypocritical, selfish, greedy opportunist/ exploiters and extremely misinformed by the manipulative media. Stereotyping and generalizing people because of their faith or race is ridiculous this is what most of the debate stems from, fear. As Americans, as human beings we are entitled to equal rights and opportunities regardless of background; this shouldn’t be any other exception. Claims of Islam is “evil” could also be said about another other religion Catholicism/Christianity, and Judaism but that hasn’t been fury for every church or temple built America or the middle east. Supporters of the mosque/ the mosque itself are put in a predicament in which they face violence, vandalism, harassment from opposer. Pro Mosque supporters must find other alternatives beside arguing back and forth it seems pointless, the dual protest on 9/11 So many things have erupted from this incident from the idiotic pastor from Florida plans to burn the Quran, to vandalism and hate crimes against mosque/ worshippers across the US. Abroad the situation is just as violate huge demonstrations in the middle east, most recently Kashmir (India and Pakistan) 19 people were killed, US flags were burned. Unfortunately this violence and turmoil will continue or at least lessen until both sides can come to some sort of agreements that appease both sides, which seems unlikely because both sides are stubborn and stern. Fighting fire with fire is pointless this whole debate, controversy, circus, has been dragged on far too long but then again this bring to light a serious issue in America, the world; religious freedom and human rights. I personally believe the mosque should be built where it was intended to be and is not distasteful in fact it would help America’s image to the rest of the world and provide an example to lead by instead of perpetuate the misconception of america/americans.The issue of supression of rights or how we can or cannot use those rights is illogical and unamerican(at least that’s what were told), also there are about 6 other mosque located less then 2mi from Ground Zero so what makes them any different. I could going on and on but i wrote way over 5 sentences sorry im just going to end it with, if some families (including muslims) who lost loved ones during the 9/11 attacks can accept the mosque erection that more than enough reason endless this senseless spectacle havent we been through enough.

    Kashmir Protest over Quran desecration-http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100913/wl_asia_afp/usattacks9yearsreligionislamdemosindiakashmir
    Mosques in NYC distance from Ground Zero-
    9/11 Families who support Mosque-
    9/11 Mosque-
    Pastor Terry Jones-

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