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# 1 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 20:55
 
 
This issue seems to have stirred lots of emotions within the states.

On Dec. 8, 2009, the New York Times published a story about a planned development in lower Manhattan:

"The building has no sign that hints at its use as a Muslim prayer space, but these modest beginnings point to a far grander vision: an Islamic center near the city's most hallowed piece of land that would stand as one of ground zero's more unexpected and striking neighbors.

"The location was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims who bought the building in July. A presence so close to the World Trade Center, 'where a piece of the wreckage fell,' said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric leading the project, 'sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.'

" 'We want to push back against the extremists,' added Imam Feisal, 61."

The reaction? Nada. Later that month, in fact, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham interviewed the imam's wife on "O'Reilly Factor" and said: "I can't find many people who really have a problem with it. . . . I like what you're trying to do."

That bit of history, provided by Salon's Justin Elliott, raises the obvious question: How did the mosque morph into one of the most divisive issues in American politics today?

It seems to me a colossal waste of time, a huge expenditure of national energy over something that is ultimately symbolic, and which government doesn't have the power to stop anyway (since the planners have obtained the necessary New York City approvals). It is as if the country's agenda has been reduced to a noisy cable TV debate.

I understand the strong feelings on both sides. For proponents, it's a matter of religious freedom: Where do we get off telling Muslims they can't build a place of worship in America? (Would 10 blocks from Ground Zero be okay? How about Times Square? Off the New Jersey Turnpike?)

Opponents, especially in New York, find the project to be the height of insensitivity, a provocation, an affront to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack nearly nine years ago.

President Obama fueled the controversy over the weekend when he weighed in strongly on religious freedom one day and told CNN's Ed Henry the next that he wasn't necessarily endorsing the mosque. This is hard for me to fathom. The president remained silent for months before making a statement that White House aides say was important to him even if it was lousy politics. Couldn't he have said everything he wanted on Friday, rather than having to clarify or expand or backtrack on Saturday? The result is that he's made both sides unhappy.

Based on that Salon piece, the turning point came in May, when the New York Post ran a short story under the headline, "Panel approves 'WTC' mosque." That day Pamela Geller, who blogs at Atlas Shrugs and is the author of a book subtitled, "The Obama Administration's War on America," attacked the plan in a post headlined, "Monster Mosque Pushes Ahead in Shadow of World Trade Center Islamic Death and Destruction." "How disgusting," she declared. Days later, Post columnist Andrea Peyser wrote a piece titled, "Mosque madness at Ground Zero."

Geller appeared on Sean Hannity's radio show. The Washington Examiner ran a column by Diana West titled, "A mosque to mock 9/11's victims and families." And the controversy took off from there. Even Democrats such as Harry Reid are now saying the thing should be built somewhere else, while "Republican Congressional candidates on Monday intensified efforts to inject the divide over construction of an Islamic center near ground zero into the midterm campaigns."

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# 2 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 20:59
 
 
There should be nothing symbolising any religion near it!
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# 3 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:03
 
 
But does that not go against freedom of speech and the right to worship ?
The same freedom that America prides itself on !
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# 4 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:05
 
 
Religion inteferes with peoples freedom!
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# 5 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:07
 
 
Gobsmacked, Personal views aside here.

This is about the constitution that America prides itself on.
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# 6 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:15
 
 
Is that what the constitution is based on, what people think and how it should be?
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# 7 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:19
 
 
Someone said :
Is that what the constitution is based on, what people think and how it should be?

If i didn't believe in free speech, I could end up telling you to shut it.
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# 8 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:22
 
 
Its a typical racist reaction from some of the people over there!
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# 9 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:26
 
 
Someone said :

If i didn't believe in free speech, I could end up telling you to shut it.

Well its easier to say, I disagree or I dont see it like that!
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# 10 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:35
 
 
Right and wrong.

Right because everyone should be free do believe what they want.

Wrong because we need to evolve past this and accept our own mortality.
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# 11 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:37
 
 
Someone said :
Its a typical racist reaction from some of the people over there!

The frightening aspect is that some of the holders of the highest offices in
the states are of that opinion.
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# 12 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 21:37
 
 
Right.

Where's the poll?
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# 13 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 22:49
 
 
I like what some guy is planning to do if the mosque is built,he plans to open a gay bar next door,with one floor reserved exclusively for gay muslims,perfect live and let live solution,I would love to see both built,they could be connected by a bridge and people could get over it.
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# 14 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 22:56
 
 
Islam did not attack the US, therefore let them build it where ever they want, simple as really, would this not be a really positive signal to send to the Islamic world that the US is not their enemy?
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# 15 : Tuesday 17-8-2010 @ 22:58
 
 
It should be a memorial, however it should be in no way a religous one.
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