The NYC mosque: A view from abroad
The proposed mosque near Ground Zero has produced a fierce debate here in the United States. But how is the debate faring overseas? We took a look at three publications, Al Jazeera, Ha'aretz and The Hindustan Times to get some perspective, and we will continue to add to this list as other articles of interest surface. Feel free to post articles and opinion pieces from abroad that you have found to be of interest in the comments below.
The Hindustan Times
Opposition to Ground Zero mosque a troubling trend: Imam Bray
Press Trust of India | August 18, 2010
"How far is too close? If two blocks, near Burlington factory is too close, then why in Brooklyn mosque-building is being opposed in Sheepshead Bay. Is that far enough? How far do we go?" Imam Mahdi Bray, executive director of Muslim America Society's Mass Freedom, told reporters at the National Press Club in Washington.
Indians in America debate over mosque near 9/11 site
Press Trust of India | August 16, 2010
Indians in US like the rest of the country are divided on the issue of controversial 'Ground Zero Mosque' to be constructed near the site of fallen World Trade Centre twin towers.
Zakaria returns ADL award over Ground Zero mosque
Press Trust of India | AUgust 7, 2010
Zakaria returned the Jewish group's Hubert H Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize, which was presented to him in 2005.
Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center
August 16, 2010
After weeks of heated debate over plans for an Islamic community center near Ground Zero - the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York - it seems Muslim leaders will soon back down, agreeing to move to a new site.
'Ground Zero mosque' Imam thanks U.S. Jews for support
August 4, 2010
The Cordoba Initiative N.Y.C project, which became known as the "ground zero mosque", stirred heated national debate in the US, which shifted since the last Wednesday to the Jewish organizations, following the statement on the controversial project.
Jewish moderation over mosque at Ground Zero
August 13, 2010
Sometimes a good cause can be damaged by the slightest insensitivity. I fear this may end up being the case with the plan of an organization called the Cordoba Initiative to build an Islamic center, with a mosque, on Park Place, across from where the World Trade Center once stood.
Critics say it would be inappropriate to build a mosque on the "hallowed ground" of Ground Zero. Yet there is already a mosque two blocks north of the Cordoba House site, Masjid Manhattan, which has been open since 1970.
The office of Harry Reid, the majority leader in the US senate, weighed in on the issue on Monday, saying the centre should be built elsewhere.
Obama and US Muslims
Inside Story | Video
August 17, 2010
On this episode of Inside Story we ask: How much of an impact are upcoming elections having on Obama and are Muslims in the US being treated fairly?
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