Cordoba Center: Polarizing

25 Aug
“In a tweet last month, Ms Palin called on “peaceful Muslims” to “refudiate” the “ground-zero mosque” because it would “stab” American hearts. But why should it? Cordoba House is not being built by al-Qaeda. To the contrary, it is the brainchild of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a well-meaning American cleric who has spent years trying to promote interfaith understanding, not an apostle of religious war like Osama bin Laden. He is modelling his project on New York’s 92nd Street Y, a Jewish community centre that reaches out to other religions. The site was selected in part precisely so that it might heal some of the wounds opened by the felling of the twin towers and all that followed. True, some relatives of 9/11 victims are hurt by the idea of a mosque going up near the site. But that feeling only makes sense if they too buy the false idea that Muslims in general were perpetrators of the crime. Besides, what about the rights, of America’s Muslims—some of whom also perished in the atrocity?”

Ground Zero mosque has new opponent: Anti-Defamation League
A Jewish group famous for fighting for religious freedom came out Friday against the proposed mosque near Ground Zero. The Anti-Defamation League said it has no use for the bigots who have used anti-Islamic rhetoric to try and block the project. “However, there are understandably strong passions and keen sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center site,” the organization said in a statement. “We are ever mindful of the tragedy which befell our nation there.” This is not, the ADL said, “a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right.” Amazing. They are set up for the express purpose of fighting Anti-Semitism, yet seemingly being anti-Islam is OK.

Joseph Ward III: Anti-Defamation League Declares Opposition to ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ (huffingtonpost.com)
Bloomberg Defends Mosque (online.wsj.com)
Bryan Gobin: Republicans Abandon Freedom Over Mosque (huffingtonpost.com)
Mayor Bloomberg Uncompromising on ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ [Park 51] (gawker.com)
“AJC, JCRC, Rabbis, Jewish groups support Cordoba project” and related posts (rupeenews.com)
ADL’s Ground Zero Mosque Opposition Prompts Pushback (huffingtonpost.com)

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