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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.

Al Jazeera

Prayer hall or provocation?

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.

Top US Democrat opposes mosque plan

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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It would take 3 minutes to stroll from the proposed Mosques to the WTC site.

Who would be insensitive enough to open a gun shop 3 minutes from Columbine HS?

Posted by: dumbreddown | August 22, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse


Hey Democrats,

"Always" and "never" leave little room for equivocation. But many biographical facts, culled mainly from the American press, suggest that, when growing up, the Democratic candidate for president both saw himself and was seen as a Muslim.

Obama's Kenyan birth father: In Islam, religion passes from the father to the child. Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (1936–1982) was a Muslim who named his boy Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Only Muslim children are named "Hussein".

Obama's Indonesian family: His stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, was also a Muslim. In fact, as Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng explained to Jodi Kantor of the New York Times: "My whole family was Muslim, and most of the people I knew were Muslim." An Indonesian publication, the Banjarmasin Post reports a former classmate, Rony Amir, recalling that "All the relatives of Barry's father were very devout Muslims."


Posted by: kstobbe1 | August 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

As member of a film crew that witnessed the crash of both planes into the Towers and a person that wished he was not there on that day. I have seen the mess that was left behind for the crews to sort through.The family members that did not get to come home.Mothers,Fathers,Sons and Doughters. A action that was planned to hurt us again, and they did...Now they want to build a sign of there Victory at Ground Zero. How dare they and how dare you accept this as a way of god, when all this is a ruse. We all know that a Mosk is another form of training and another way to get more radicals into this country and train them to strike us again. So go ahead and build it...And sit back and watch what happens.Maybe not this generation but maybe the next..They will start trying to change laws,ordiences,the way they pray.Could you imagine a speaker blasting a call for all muslums to pry at ground Zero.So go ahead and be a fool and let these radicals in and take over a sacred place for the sacrifice of Americans that died. Rember the ones that did this act of killing was in the name all Muslims and there goal was to kill as many as they could.Also they call on all Muslems "A Ge Hod" A holy war against Americans. I will not lay down and take this,and I am 100% agaist this.Imam Feisal will thank you for supporting him and help train more radicals for the establishment of sharieh law with more Muslums.

Posted by: blueflash | August 20, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

This is truly a sad day for freedom and portrays the United States of America, that we all look to as a beacon of liberties as nothing more that an irrational, fear and hate mongering society.

Can you build a church near the site of Timothy (a Christian name) McVeigh's bombing?

Can you build a Church anywhere near Waco Texas site of the catastrophe resulting from a wacked up "Christian" sect mishap?

Did Muslims not die in 9/11? Did the bombers not know that even Muslims will die and did they care? Should all Muslims be blamed for 9/11? All the joint prayers and grief of Christians and Muslims after 9/11, were they all just hypocrisy?

Was 9/11 a Muslim attack on the United States? Was the World Trade Centre not for the whole world irrespective of religion, nationality or tongue.

I guess the founding fathers are turning in their graves!

Posted by: ayoolaoke | August 20, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The center is two blocks away from Ground Zero (and might as well be in another country by NYC standards... where a few blocks can take you around the world). Only religious bigots, political demagogues, hysterical conspiracy theorists and the ignorant oppose this... there are no legitimate grounds to do so.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | August 20, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

The center is two blocks away from Ground Zero (and might as well be in another country by NYC standards... where a few blocks can take you around the world). Only religious bigots, hysterical conspiracy theorists and the ignorant oppose this... there are no legitimate grounds to do so.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | August 20, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse


On the day we allow how Saudi Arabia runs its country to dictate how we run ours, I will agree with you. Until then, we should stick with our own principles of fairness and equality.

Posted by: tansymoth | August 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

I believe the Ground Zero Mosque should be no further from Ground Zero than the nearest Christian church is to Mecca ...

Posted by: fridaypaul | August 20, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Read about how government money is being used in Missouri to fund broadband Internet schemes:

Posted by: HitEleven | August 19, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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