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Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ''Ground Zero Mosque'') near the World Trade Center site?


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  • +30 +65 -35 Jennifer Apr. 27, 2011
    "Since there is already a mosque four blocks away, as well as two strip clubs, how can anyone object to the Muslim community center? America is based on the idea of freedom of religion. Persecuting Muslims for the terrorist act of extremists is unfair. The real issue here is how nearly ten years have passed without rebuilding on Ground Zero. That's what we should all be upset about."
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    • +3 +4 -1 April Jul. 25, 2012
      "The fact there is a Mosque built already, why built another one closer. Manhattan is known for walking around everywhere it's normal, so the people that would like to worship their God can walk two more blocks, rather than unset a nation that is objecting to the proposal of Park51.
      Also, it has been a long time, but no one every truly gets over the fact that a loved and brave soul has died because terrorists attacked the nations Twin Towers. And for the record there is a 9/11 memorial on the site.

      And as for the strip clubs being located four blocks away is irrelevant because strippers didn't attack the Twin Towers. It was Muslim Terrorist.

      Just a thought."
    • -6 +6 -12 yes May. 1, 2011
      "10 years is not enough, did you know someone who died in 9/11, probably not, no offense, but you are wrong. Think about the firefighters and what they did for us on that dreadful day, building that mosque there is like stepping on their graves."
  • +22 +59 -37 Chuck Apr. 27, 2011
    "I don't complain when they put up Catholic churches near schools because they've got freedom of religion just like I do. We should thank the Muslims for making an improvement to lower Manhattan with its many abandoned buildings. Let's face it. People who contest the "Ground Zero Mosque" are people who are afraid of Muslims because they watch too much Fox News. End of story."
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    • +4 +9 -5 Moazam Apr. 28, 2011
      "Well said mate."
    • +3 +7 -4 Erin Jul. 17, 2011
      "The only good thing about Fox News is to serve as an example of poor and biased reporting. Having reached the age of reason, I firmly believe that there is no reason that a group of people who want to do some thing positive in a place of great tragedy should be prevented from doing so."
    • 0 0 0 Kate Oct. 28, 2015
      "Mr. Wahlig Catholic's didn't kill any Muslims but they sure killed many innocent people just because they had a different skin color.(KKK)1900's"
    • 0 0 0 Mr. Wade F. Wahlig Jan. 7, 2015
      "Catholic terrorists haven't killed thousands of people like the muslims. Poor argument indeed."
  • +19 +35 -16 Josh Jul. 24, 2011
    "I think they should, heck, if Christian terrorists attacked the WTC and they put up a church there, nobody would care. I give them the go-ahead, because if they want to build a mosque there, let them, as long as they're not Al-Qaeda."
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    • 0 0 0 Hunter Workman Jan. 18, 2012
      "I also support the COMMUNITY CENTER (not Mosque), but I wouldn't go as far as saying that people wouldn't care if Christian terrorists had led the attacks. It's a complicated situation, so I don't think any of us can say whether or not we would have reacted the same had it not been Islamic extremists. A lot of innocent Americans died. Even the strongest supporter can understand how some people can harbor some sort of animosity."
    • -6 0 -6 zeeezoo Apr. 17, 2012
      "Everyone know christian not terrorists, and if so tell me about just one accident they have done before. Don't tern your eyes on the other side, and you are very sure where is the truth"
  • +14 +37 -23 Erin Jul. 17, 2011
    "I'm pro because it is my understanding that Islam is a peaceful religion that in the mainstream does not condone violence. How can I in good faith not allow a group of people to gather peacefully to discuss their ideas. I don't see this as being any different than a group of students getting together to discuss a lecture from an instructor."
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    • +3 +6 -3 zack Apr. 17, 2012
      "that's not true Islam is not peaceful religion. you need to get back to the books, and start to read."
    • +2 +2 0 Nellie Apr. 23, 2015
      "How is this religion anywhere near peaceful?! On 9/11 they killed many people in the name of islam because their "god" told them to. Just saying you are brainwashed along with the other people on this list!"
    • 0 +5 -5 Eona Jan. 27, 2012
      "Islam is not a peaceful religion. Actually it is said that the people who don't believe in Islam are enemies of them and they must be killed. There is proof. Please get your facts straight before you put them down."
    • -1 +3 -4 The Truth, Truth Feb. 12, 2012
      "@Eona
      Islam is just as peaceful as any other religion *cough* Christianity and Judaism *cough cough*, whose "God" tells them that killing their enemies (including men, women, children, and infants) is right in the eyes of their Lord. Don't judge an entire group of people based on the biases and ridiculous notions of a couple of small extremists groups.

      Please get YOUR facts straight before you put them down."
  • +13 +34 -21 John May. 29, 2011
    "I do not understand the argument of those who say that since the Muslim world is less accepting of other religions then we must be as well. Why must we stoop to that level? The United States was created on the platform of freedom to all; If other countries or faiths do not follow this belief does not mean that we must too."
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    • 0 +2 -2 Don't worry Apr. 17, 2012
      "Freedom doesn't mean to go kill people, and say I'm free or I'm in a free country."
  • +11 +19 -8 Unameymous Jan. 18, 2012
    "I am not saying that we should,but this center can provides many jobs and actually make a better community.Although many protest this,they are decieved.There are two main types of Islam,Sunni and Shi'a.The Sunni are very peaceful but the Shi'a are violent,why do you think theres always bombs attack in the Middle East.There is a clash between them.However,the group responsible for the attacks are Shi'a or maybe their own branch of Islam.We shouldn't discrimate one whole religion due to its other counterpart.That will be like protesting a Christian Church because the people there don't like Jews.It just doesn't make sense.This center is two blocks away,understand that Islam is a very peaceful religion.You don't see Muslims protesting a Church being built in the Middle East because long time ago Templar Knights had a Holy War.If you are really a true American,you would know America accepts every religion."
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  • +8 +21 -13 Kelli Oct. 10, 2011
    "I think all religions are welcome in our country."
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  • +8 +25 -17 Terri May. 9, 2011
    "Our 1st Amendment gives them the right to build where they want to, as long as it hurts no one, and the planning commission approves the building.

    As small band of extremist's do NOT reflect the views of the majority of Muslim's. In fact the majority of Muslim's have not only publicly denounced the extremist's, they have helped to capture them.

    What another country chooses to do should have no effect on what our country chooses to do. Denying the US Muslim's the right to practice their religion freely, this includes building buildings, goes against the very foundation that our country was based on.

    This building is 2 long blocks from Ground Zero. It is not on ground zero. Even if it was on ground zero, Muslim's working in the tower's and the pentagon were also killed on 9/11. Don't they deserve to be honored, too?"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Sep. 14, 2011
      "I agree with the fact that Muslims have a right in building wherever they wish. I question their lack of compassion and sensitivity. The mere insistence on building where debris and human remains were found as a result of terrorist activity, in a country where their religion is associated with such atrocity is NOT a good way in building community trust and tolerance."
  • +7 +10 -3 anonymous Nov. 29, 2012
    "To all those who say its a mosque: no its not a mosque, its a community center. learn your facts. Also, it will include a 9/11 memorial inside the community center. Also, judging from the answers, im sure the cons didn't read the article. WTC South tower had a Muslim prayer room on the 17th floor. Did you ever consider that?"
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  • +7 +19 -12 Lily Nov. 9, 2011
    "Real Muslims aren't terrorists. In fact, if a so called "Muslim" murders an innocent person, they will undoubtedly go to Hell. And this is what REAL Muslims believe in. I was born in America and America is my only home. I love my people and my country. Do not let stereotypes cloud your mind. Never let a small group of people's actions determine what you think of a whole religion, race, etc. And there were many Muslims who died on 9/11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seH_gnUzj-E"
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    • +6 +6 0 Victor Greywolf Jan. 1, 2012
      "Okay, let me ask you a question, why don't they condemn the terrorism, such as overseas, why do they encourage it over there? If what you are saying is true, why don't they try to stop their own people from doing that, and just try to leave everyone else alone? Something to think about"
    • +2 +2 0 Hunter Workman Jan. 18, 2012
      "Victor, that's an odd thing to ask. I say that mostly because the answer is common sense if you know anything about the Muslim culture in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. They DO condemn terrorists. There's a large portion of the population (in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also in Iran, to a lesser extent) that are fighting alongside us to liberate their countries and put an end to domestic and foreign terrorism. My dad (SFC retired) was in Afghanistan for two years, and the company under his command was made up almost completely of Afghan soldiers. I guess it's difficult to know the inner-workings of their culture unless you've had a first-person account like I have. That being said, don't assume things based on things that you don't know. The Qur'an speaks of absolute, unconditional peace on several different occasions. True Muslims (as was stated by Lily) are forbidden by their religion to kill innocent people, much like Christians are. And, to clear up to speculations: The Qur'an and the Islamic religion (not including the extremist sects) NEVER make mention to destroying the Western World or converting people to Islam through force. They're encouraged to convert people evangelically, which, again, is much like Christianity."
    • +1 +1 0 Unamymous Jan. 18, 2012
      "Well actually,they believe in recarnation until you done something so great and good,then you go to "Heaven"."
  • +6 +15 -9 Tyler Jan. 31, 2012
    "The mosque is fine to build as long as the extrmeist a**holes aren't the ones who build it."
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  • +6 +16 -10 Lexi Daniels Jan. 24, 2012
    "Not all Muslims knew what was going on when the terrorist attack happened on 9/11. If you think that since Muslims distroyed the world trade center that all muslims are mean and evil then that is a stereotype. They are even putting a 9/11 memorial in the buiding and they had a prayer level in the trade center before 9/11 even happened! this is why I am ok with the muslim community center being built on the world trade center site."
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  • +6 +18 -12 Hunter Workman Jan. 18, 2012
    "I think the whole argument is very interesting. And, by that, I mean that it's almost amusing to hear the reasons people have for disagreeing. First of all, several things have to be made clear. The proposed building is incorrectly labeled as a mosque. It's primary purpose is NOT the same as that of a mosque. Not even close. It's a recreation center, which has part of it designated for Muslims to pray, not partake in organized worship. Secondly, it's interesting to hear people say that the site (which isn't at Ground Zero, by the way) could be used for a park or something that everyone would benefit from. That doesn't even make sense to me. By all standards, the site is just a normal plot of land. Sentimental convictions (misplaced ones, at that) shouldn't dictate what can go there. Suppose the proposed building was a McDonald's. Not only would everyone be fine with it, they'd all split a 50-piece nugget meal. Wait, that hardly benefits the community, though...But, hey, at least Muslims can't pray in there, right? I understanding wanted to respect those who died that day, but where do we draw the line? This is only an issue because we're LOOKING for issues. In cases like this, apathy can go a long way to breeding tolerance."
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  • +5 +16 -11 Giuseppe Ribaudo Oct. 8, 2011
    "The community center should be built because the right to have a place of worship is allowed by the constitution. Allowing the construction of the center is the American way."
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  • +5 +28 -23 Henry Apr. 27, 2011
    "Of course it is appropriate to build the Muslim Community Center near the World Trade Center site.

    The very fact that such a question is even considered legitimate in the realm of public debate is disturbing. We have freedom of speech and religion, freedom of association, and the right to own property in this country. The very act of even questioning whether or not the center should be built is tantamount to questioning whether or not the US should abandon the bill of rights. It is an argument that could only be entertained by dogmatic, xenophobic, culturally chauvinistic, fascists, who are afraid of anything that differs from their own close minded conceptions and cultural preferences."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Sep. 14, 2011
      "Wow! Really? Those parents who have lost their kids and the children who became orphans are culturally chauvinistic, fascists and close minded? I prefer to think of them as suffering a loss that gratefully, I never had to endure."
    • 0 +3 -3 Bob Sep. 2, 2011
      "How is it fascist to ban a minority group from building a cultural center if the public is scared of it? If the general public does not want muslims buliding a center then they should not be allowed to build one. If they want to live in America they should become American and get good christian values instead of muslim ones. America has the best culture thats why were #1."
  • +4 +5 -1 Mohamed Y Sep. 27, 2014
    "I agree that The Ground Zero Mosque should remain near the WTC. First of all, I am a Muslim, and most of the Cons really offended me. If they take The Ground Zero Mosque, I would be offended, and also think that the U.S. would be taking it out on all Muslims instead of the 19 men that were sent by Al-Qaeda. I am already being called a terrorist at school, but for a whole mosque to be torn down for an attack of 19 men. Notice when I say 19, I mean it means that for the acts of 19 men, billions are blamed for it. Even Sadaam Hussien had nothing to do with the attacks and yet he was still killed. Why? Plus, what happened to freedom of religion, which is coming from the "Land of the Free"? Has the freedom of religion come to an end for just Muslims? Muslims come to this country to have a better life rather than the unstable life from where most from. They depend on the U.S. as a free country for religion, but the tearing down of The Ground Zero Mosque will symbolize that the freedom of religion right was only a jest. I know I am only a young man at age 12, but listen to me, I speak only what I see about the world today."
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  • +4 +9 -5 Antonio Alejandro May. 22, 2012
    "The building of a Muslim community center(aka the "Ground Zero Mosque") demonstrates America's religious acceptance and secular ideals, which define what the founding fathers of the country fought for. To prohibit a whole religious doctrine from building a cultural center, because of the fault of a small extremist minority organization, is to limit freedom and sponsor prejudice. American ideals stand against this, the Muslim community center is a monument to America, to America's love of freedom, to America's fostering of liberty, and to a renewed country willing to pardon and forgive, forgive those who did no harm. Religion and state are separate, and prohibiting people from expressing their cultural or religious beliefs is exactly what the Islamic extremists( Al Qaeda) would have wanted, and New York granting permission for these well meaning muslims to build this community center, represents a refutation of extremism and an embrace of the "American way"."
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  • +4 +13 -9 James Feb. 16, 2012
    "The muslim people lost family in the World Trade Center too, not all muslims are at fault"
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  • +4 +13 -9 vinathi Feb. 2, 2012
    "There are mosques in almost every area in the U.S., why should the one on Ground Zero be any different? The Muslims who happen to live near the World Trade Center should not be deprived of their religion"
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    • +1 +1 0 Vinathi Jul. 26, 2012
      "In California we have a mosque in every other city. It's all about convenience. Muslims tend to visit their mosques regularly and don't want to drive across the state to visit their place of worship."
    • +1 +1 0 April Jul. 25, 2012
      "The fact that there are already Mosques located in the US and Manhattan should show that a NEW Mosque isn't needed. All it is doing is creating division and upsetting families that were victims of 9/11."
  • +3 +3 0 Azeem Ahmed Apr. 24, 2015
    "...in this country, we treat everybody equally in accordance with the law. Regardless of race. Regardless of religion. I ... will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding. That's what our country's about and I think it's very important that as difficult as some of these issues are, we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Hassan Jan. 16, 2013
    "It is pro because muslims are part of the world and so are Americans so Muslims should get to express there feelings and pray for Americans"
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  • +3 +8 -5 bill May. 15, 2012
    "love and tolerate"
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesus, JFK and everyone else who awesome agree with you :D"
  • +3 +12 -9 lexi daniels Feb. 8, 2012
    "In oklahoma two terrorists bombed a federal building and they didnt care that they were christain there are still no stereotypes being made and they have churches int hat area so why cant it be ok to have the muslim community center where a small group bombed the twin towers it just isnt fair."
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  • +3 +17 -14 Ciara Jun. 24, 2011
    "Refuting the establishment of a mosque in ground zero, supports the plain-minded belief that all muslims are terrorist. Although, the Crusades, Native-American genocide, the Salem Witch Trails and today's Muslim hate crimes, do not justify 9/11, we must be open to fact that both Christians and Muslims have equal terrorist potential. If they were building a church in Ground Zero there would be no controversy."
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  • +3 +18 -15 Mary Apr. 27, 2011
    "It is ok to put the Park51 project at its proposed location, especially given that a Muslim prayer center already existed in one of the original towers."
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  • +2 +2 0 Anonymous Sep. 1, 2015
    "I think it is 100% fine for there to be an Islam mosque. The actions of some people of a race/religion/nationality do not reflect those of an entire group. Just because Russian soldiers have done bad things recently doesn't mean all Russians are bad. I know some Muslims, and they all say that the things Extremists do are against Islamic faith and custom."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Drake Oct. 29, 2014
    "My Mom was killed in the Pentagon on 9/11 when I was three years old. I believe this gives me the right to offer my opinion. First off, this is as much a matter of tolerance as it is of religious freedom (of practice). The former stems simply from human goodness, the latter from the First Amendment to our Constitution. It is my firm belief that those peaceful people who wish to build a mosque on purchased property should be allowed to do so - whether at Ground Zero or anywhere else. So, coming from the son of a victim of the attacks, it is perfectly legal, ethical, and acceptable that a mosque be built in the vicinity of Ground Zero.
    We are, all of us, Americans - regardless of religion - and, as such, every one of us has the right to worship as we choose. So, rather than arguing, and increasing those tensions which are, already, too prevalent in our time, let us instead take this opportunity to unite. Let us live by our Constitution. Let us remove the clouds of ignorance from our eyes, so that we may see one another not as Muslims, Christians, or Jews - but as Americans, and, in so doing, usher in a new era of understanding. In the end, that is all we can do - both as a people, and as a nation."
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  • +2 +17 -15 Harjafar Sep. 2, 2011
    "There is a religious freedom in America, so if they did not build the Muslim community center it would be very offensive to all of the muslims who were not involved in the 9/11 attacks ( and it was only a few who were involved ). Only because a group of very wicked muslims attacked the towers, not all muslims should get treated like it was them who did it. And it is stated that the community center will be open for everyone, and not only for the muslims."
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  • +2 +19 -17 anon Jul. 20, 2011
    "A lot of the con arguments are based on a belief that the actions of a few represents the actions of the majority. Just because a few extremists acted out, doesn't mean that everyone of his or her religion, nationality, ethnicity, etc. agrees with the few's philosophies or ideas. Otherwise we will all be guilty since we are all humans. Everyone is responsible for their own actions. You aren't responsible for your neighbors actions. So why is it that those who believe in Islam are responsible for the terrorist's actions?

    Also, it seems as if people are forgetting history. In the arguments, someone mentioned that the middle-east should accept christian churches before Americans accept mosques and that Americans would never allow memorials of Japanese near pearl harbor, or how the Serbian orthodox church would never been built in the fields of Sebrenica. Yet, America erected the statue of the capture of Okinawa, where hundreds of civilians were killed by American soldiers throwing grenades into refugee caves. And in Serbia, many still consider the person who lead the massacre of the Muslim population as a hero. Are we so xenophobic and intolerant that we cannot see that our own arguments against others can be directly applied to us?"
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  • +1 +1 0 Mary Sep. 27, 2015
    "Yes because it's not on but rather near the WTC site. And not all terrorists are Muslim."
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  • +1 +1 0 jacob Jan. 29, 2015
    "we should, it was the terrorists not them in general"
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    • 0 0 0 Judah Kelevram Feb. 6, 2015
      "Clear, concise, and to the point, Jacob, wiser words were never spoken."
  • +1 +3 -2 Dorothy Apr. 28, 2014
    "I wonder how many white people are objective to the Mosque on the con side...Considering slavery, does that mean white people should not be placed or Have a place in America ESPECIALLY the slave states ? hmmmmmmm think about it and let it simmer!!!!!!!!!!!!!! are black people crying out about white people being near blacks because it is a remorseful memory for family and others? again, let it simmer!!!"
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  • +1 +6 -5 Jason Oct. 28, 2012
    "I feel like this would be an example to the rest of the world to demonstrate how tolerant we Americans are. Obviously the Muslims that would be worshiping there weren't the ones on the planes, so why should they be punished? Also, why should we say that there should be a 9/11 memorial there? Two things, one: there will be. Inside as a way for those Americans to mourn, and two: Ground Zero has its own memorial.

    We seem to forget that Christians are capable of unspeakable things also."
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  • +1 +6 -5 brandon.amadio Jun. 8, 2012
    "im pro because muslims should have the same rights as all americans... america was built on religous freedom and when this rule is broken our society will fall apart."
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  • +1 +7 -6 Denny May. 23, 2012
    "There is no offense towards those who perished on 9/11 if there is a Muslim community center built near the World Trade Center. Personally, I follow the faith of Islam. But I didn't ask for those of 9/11 to die for "the name of Islam". Terrorists are terrorists. Their religion should not be a representation of who they are even if they did commit such violent crimes. Plus, isn't our constitutional right to have a place of worship? It's the American way. We are citizens of this country and DESERVE a place of worship. It's not hurting anyone in any way, shape, or form... well at least it shouldn't. If people are using religion to determine a character of a person, you are being very offensive. You need stop discriminating off the basis of religion."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Wahab May. 20, 2012
    "In the First Amendment it says, "[N]o man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.""
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  • +1 +10 -9 alalmudz Feb. 20, 2012
    "Islam is a peaceful religion. it does not tolerate such acts!! i think its just a sign that Islam religion really supports the fight against terrorism...."
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  • +1 +23 -22 Phil Apr. 27, 2011
    "The negative (Con) arguments are the most un-American statements I've ever read. And to me, what makes them worse, is that they are brought forward from people who claim to be pro-Constitutionalists. This is exactly what our Constitution was written to protect. I am Jewish and am extremely supportive of this facility."
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    • 0 +2 -2 Sep. 14, 2011
      "Most of the Con arguments that I have read show sympathy and compassion to those who had lost someone on 9-11. Most, in fact, are willing to have the Muslims build, just somewhere else. Why are the Muslims insisting on 45-51 Park Place? Do they not teach love and compassion? If so, why the disregard for these sensitivities?"
  • 0 0 0 Suzie Jun. 21, 2018
    "MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTS THEREFORE.... WHAT IS THE DAMN PROBLEM"
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  • -1 +1 -2 Dorothy Apr. 28, 2014
    "Did You no that the Nation of Islam consist of African American's IN AMERICA. Did you know that Orthodox Muslims( which the cons are referring to) are not the same as the Nation of Islam. Do you know any thing about The Nation of Islam? Did you know that Arabs, people in or from the middle east are NOT The Nation of Islam. Please get your facts together before judging AND OR COMMENTING !"
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  • -1 +3 -4 Matt Johnson Nov. 14, 2013
    "I'm pro because beside being the right thing. If the First Amendment is being used to protect all other faiths then it is wrong to deny Muslims."
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  • -1 +3 -4 sahra sherdi Jul. 23, 2013
    "i am pro because a small minority of radical islamic extremists shouldn't represent the entire religion. Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. The universal Islamic greeting is "assalamu alaikum" which literally translates to "may peace be upon you""
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  • -1 +3 -4 James May. 15, 2013
    "No fuss was raised at building Shinto shrines closer to Pearl Harbor ten years after the attack on Pearl. The I Amendment demands no preference."
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  • -1 +5 -6 allison Jun. 26, 2012
    "who cares!!!!!! let them be who they are...."
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  • -3 0 -3 Hameedha Khan Jun. 11, 2014
    "I'm failing to understand the issue? The 9/11 attack was neither supported by Muslims (or the Quran for that matter), nor is it a representation of the Islamic faith. When Christians do school shootings and plant bombs during a marathon, no one has an issue of building a church nearby. to those saying "its an insult to 9/11 victims" i hope you realize Muslims were in the building at the time as well. Please put aside your racial prejudice."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Mrs. Deadmau5 Mar. 24, 2014
    "Is this really an issue right now? If this was a church there would be no problem whatsoever. Stop hating dudes. Even though my favorites are Mormons. Mormons are cool."
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  • -3 +2 -5 Kevin Nov. 14, 2013
    "Most Muslims mourn the people that was lost on September 11, 2001 and they know that someone as sacred as God would know that he wouldn't agree to this. I know plenty of like minded people regardless of religion or background that tolerance is the key to understanding and better yet empathy. There was never really a serious problem was muslims before the events and there were plenty of muslims that probably worked there. I can sympatheize the victims that died but blaming a certain group of people won't solve anything by preventing this community center. This community center won't be any different than any other because what do community centers do exactly?"
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  • -3 +15 -18 James Iverson Oct. 12, 2011
    "I think it's a cool idea"
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  • -5 +11 -16 JOALMANIVIKING Sep. 2, 2011
    "More New Yorkers would support the build of the communitycenter/prayingplace then New yorkers who wouldn't support it."
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  • +19 +45 -26 F,E,D,T Sep. 2, 2011
    "We have nothing against muslims and their religion. We think it would be more appropriate to have a nonreligious building at the Ground Zero. A memorialpark would be better for everyone. A place where everyone should be able to grief their beloved ones."
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    • +3 +3 0 Batman Feb. 26, 2014
      "I hope you understand it's not on ground zero..."
    • 0 +1 -1 Anon Sep. 1, 2015
      "The thing is, there's already a memorial at, if not near, the area of the 9/11 attack."
  • +7 +28 -21 Victor Greywolf Dec. 29, 2011
    "Personally speaking, I am not pro or against what those people want to do, as far as their worshipping, and this is coming from a very avowed Atheist. I say, just don't build it in a place where something that was caused by those involved happened. I don't have a problem if they want to worship whatever in their own place, but don't we have better use for the land in ground zero, like a memorial to the WTC? Also, we could use it for other places. Why not instead build a mosque a good distance from that area, and say, you can worship here. What's wrong with that, right? Freedom of religion means you can worship wherever you want, as long as you don't impose it on people, and by building it on ground zero, it is imposing in that sense. Whatever they do with the land, it's ok, but putting a mosque over in that exact spot or near it, is like addint salt or alcohol to an open wound.

    To those who are pro, you can feel that way, but maybe it isn't a proper place to build one, especially since alot of resentment will be there. Something to think about."
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    • +3 +3 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "Um.......dude.......this is really awkward.......I....really feel sorry for you right now.....the community center is four blocks away from the WTC. People are just getting mad because something Muslim-esque is being built within a square mile of the site. It's construction wouldn't interfere with the memorial at all."
    • +3 +3 0 NotlikeSwitzerland Mar. 27, 2012
      "I see where the resentment may be an issue. I know many that were deeply impacted by the attack and would be on the Con side of this argument easily. However, some people on the con side don't realize that the Islamic religion has two main sects: the Sunni (90% of the population) and the Shi'ite (10% of the population). The sect responsible for the attack is the Shi'ite and practically all of them live on the other side of the world. I believe that it may be a sort of peace offering on both parts should it happen, showing them that we are not a country of prejudices and them showing us that they are not a vengeful people.
      I really don't know which side to take on this, but I agree with your comment of building it perhaps a little further away to avoid conflict."
    • 0 +1 -1 Mrs. Deadmau5 Mar. 24, 2014
      "I like you!!!"
  • +5 +37 -32 Angel Jan. 3, 2012
    "I have nothing against Muslims or another other religion. But having a mosque near Ground Zero is an offense to those who perish in 9/11. The main reason that we had the attack was because (as much as people hate to admit) America is a Christian nation. There is evidence like in the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and our forefathers. Though the center may not seem like a mosque, it is disguised as one like the Trojan horse. I'm sorry if this offenses anyone, but this is my point of view. I don't know anyone that perishes during 9/11, but everyone can feel the pain. May the people who were murdered rest in peace. :("
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    • -3 +3 -6 lace Mar. 30, 2012
      "Well said Angel!! I agree 100%. and by the way dont be sorry for what you said, you spoke the truth and your opinion and never be sorry for that. In this world no matter which side of the fence your on someone is ALWAYS goin to be offended.."
    • -3 +3 -6 David Mar. 4, 2012
      "I agree with your reasoning and choice of con however you are completely wrong to say America is a christian nation. First of all less then 25% of the population are christians, second of all ther has been only 1 christian president that being the only half way decent democrate ever in JFK, and thrid the founding fathers were not all christian most were Episcopalian andmost were involved in an enlightenment movement which was a seperation of old christian views with a new evolving world. So as you see this statement you made is false and are only rumors spread by christian revivalists."
  • +1 +2 -1 Azeem Ahmed Apr. 24, 2015
    "Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? ... If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive "cross-cultural engagement" and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven't they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite?"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Spitfire1212 Jan. 7, 2015
    "I have nothing against muslims, I just think that it would be inappropriate to almost honor the terrorists that committed that atrocity."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Eldon Morey Sep. 13, 2014
    "The fact this is even being debated shows exactly how far and quickly America has fallen due to the parasite otherwise known as political correctness. Although developer Sharif El-Gamal scrapped plans for a mosque and has since announced his plan to build a three-story museum "dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture," it still exhibits a total lack of sense and sensitivity to the survivors of 9/11. This is akin to a westerner wishing to build a pork BBQ restaurant in the center of Mecca or Medina. Funny how tolerance and sensitivity are demanded by a group of people who have zero inclination to show the same to others. Neither a mosque nor museum is needed at Ground Zero. All I need to know about Islam, many of us learned on 11 September 2001."
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  • +1 +8 -7 Hope Oct. 19, 2012
    "I have absolutely nothing against Muslims. But to build a mosque-in-disguise is offensive not only to the memories and victims of 9/11, but also their living family members and friends. It isn't necessary that a "Muslim community center" be built on Ground Zero, when it can be placed just farther away."
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    • 0 0 0 Batman Feb. 26, 2014
      "Not on ground Zero it's near ground Zero
      (About 2 blocks away)"
  • +1 +16 -15 Jeffery Miller Dec. 12, 2011
    "They can build a mosque anywhere in New York where there is space so why does it just have to be at ground zero? Plus, there are already mosques spread out in New York. Muslims build mosques in places they have conquered. This would just be too much for Americans everywhere who lost family and friends in the 9/11 attacks. They can build their mosque somewhere else."
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  • +1 +20 -19 David Sep. 22, 2011
    "Everyone is looking to far and to much into this. It isn't about the religous aspect of the deal but the fact is someone died 350 feet away from here and many others died not much further away. Nearly 1,000 people were never found so that whole area should be sacred and not only should there be any religous affiliation with it, but there should be no strip clubs there nor gambling. The fact is you wouldn't want me to build my own church upon your family members final resting place. Just cause we have religous freedom means nothing you still can't build certain things in certain places like a strip club, bar, or gun shop next to a school. Thats why in conclussion they should designate that area to a commision in charge of what is allowed. No mater if it is a catholic church, a mosque, a strip club, or a casino."
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    • 0 0 0 cori hopper Sep. 30, 2014
      "I think you are right and I totally agree with your opinion."
  • +1 +24 -23 Elizus May. 25, 2011
    "It's a new form of Islamic conquest, that's why. The name Cordoba is by no means a coincidence (though it may in fact be the name of the constructing group), as it historically refers to the first mosque Muslims built in Spain after conquering Andalusia.

    A sign of "America's religious tolerance"? They find religious tolerance everywhere they go in the "Christian" world; I wonder, why don't they exercise that kind of tolerance towards Christians in the Muslim world? Look at Egypt after the January 2011 revolution; the persecution of Christians is the title of the day, and the "civilized world" can only care less about that, while it wonders whether or not an Islamic "cultural center" should be built close to the WTC as a sign of Islamic affection towards the American people and the families of those thousands whom were lost to Muslim benevolence. 9/11 is not merely the work of Muslim terrorists; it's a far deeper matter.

    Having a mosque (or Islamic cultural center) right where the thousands fell to the work of Islamist terrorists will only be a cruel reminder for those who try hard each day to forget that day when the lives of their loved ones were reaped so brutally. Let Islam polish its image where it should, instead."
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  • 0 +1 -1 sue Jul. 26, 2016
    "Do not let them build it. They tried to destroy and they still want too. It would be a insult to all those who lost their lives that day. And I have a question to ask. Those muslims are whining and crying about Europe and America not taking them in. Why dont their brother countries, jordan s.a and all those take them in. Their right there. Why? I'll tell you why because they dont want them they know their nothing but trouble and they sure cannt get any free hand out."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Mikey Smith Aug. 5, 2015
    "No, Muslims are terrorists and follow Islamic fundamentalism, whatever that seems to be. Unmask all female Muslims!"
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    • -1 0 -1 Pro/Con Fact Stater Oct. 16, 2015
      "Islamophobe."
  • 0 +2 -2 Cori Hopper Sep. 30, 2014
    "I think they should not have the muslim community center next to the twin towers because it is not respectful to the families who lost their loved ones on 9/11. That is why they should not have the muslim community center next to the twin towers."
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  • 0 +3 -3 LeRoy Matthews Sep. 2, 2014
    "Islam, by definition, means submission to the will of God.
    Since people have been Refusing to submit all along,
    Islam has to be False."
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    • 0 0 0 Mohamed Y Sep. 27, 2014
      "You are rude. Islam is not false, and just because some people don't submit, doesn't mean everyone doesn't submit. FYI, I am a Muslim myself, and for you to put an insult on my religion really offended me. How would you like it if I said Christianity was false because Jesus isn't the son of God (which is true)? Think about what you post next time."
  • 0 +5 -5 Sharon Sep. 21, 2013
    "I believe there is ample evidence in the US that many so called "peaceful" Muslims here today are actually radical Islamist bidding their time to commit more horrific crimes on innocent Americans. Listen to their leader who says to be patient and wait for the right time to strike. Didn't the major in our armed services claim to be loyal to the US for many years, waiting for the opportunity to take the lives of American soldiers at Fort Hood, to "save the lives of Al Qaeda soldiers" as he finally confessed at his trial? Didn't the two young men who planted bombs at the Boston Marathon claim to be loyal Americans when they were naturalized, all the time planning their murder and dismemberment of innocent Americans who trusted them?How crazy are we to continue to trust whatever they say? They're moving here in droves and having big families believing that they have the right to torture and murder anyone who doesn't believe as they do."
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    • 0 0 0 A Smart Person Oct. 16, 2015
      "It's bigoted and islamophobic how you refer to Muslims as "they". Those men that were sent out there do not represent the religion of Islam. They represent Al-Qeada? Muslims lost family during 9/11 also."
  • 0 +6 -6 Isabel Smith Jul. 23, 2013
    "Since Islam took credit for the Twin Towers bombing and since Islam builds mosques where they feel they have conquered their enemy (the United States) then I find the location of this mosque completely inappropriate."
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    • 0 0 0 DOROTHY Apr. 28, 2014
      "Did You no that the Nation of Islam consist of African American's IN AMERICA. Did you know that Orthodox Muslims( which the cons are referring to) are not the same as the Nation of Islam. Do you know any thing about The Nation of Islam? Did you know that Arabs, people in or from the middle east are NOT The Nation of Islam. Please get your facts together before judging AND OR COMMENTING !"
  • 0 +6 -6 danny Jun. 12, 2013
    "the 9/11 attacks were commited in the name of islam. you never know who thier planning. look at the sleepers in the usa, that wait and then attacks americans. this mosque would just be a insult to the live lost on 9/11. something elso like a memorial park would be nice to have to the memorial thats already there"
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    • -1 0 -1 Dorothy Apr. 28, 2014
      "Did You no that the Nation of Islam consist of African American's IN AMERICA. Did you know that Orthodox Muslims( which the cons are referring to) are not the same as the Nation of Islam. Do you know any thing about The Nation of Islam? Did you know that Arabs, people in or from the middle east are NOT The Nation of Islam. Please get your facts together before judging AND OR COMMENTING !"
  • 0 +6 -6 Andrew May. 24, 2013
    "NO, in history, when a Muslim group or country took a city, territory or building, they built a Mosque. This is the sign Muslims wish to state they conquered and to the world. "In America, we 'terrorist' can destroy lives and still get glory". How insulting when a political country is more concerned with a small group then the majority of its people. I believe this is a victory to the Muslim extremist group and a loss for the American People."
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    • -1 0 -1 The Batman Feb. 26, 2014
      "The proposed building is incorrectly labeled as a mosque. It's primary purpiose is NOT the same as that of a mosque. Not even close. It's a recreation center, which has part of it designated for Muslims to pray, not partake in organized worship.
      -Hunter Workman"
  • 0 +5 -5 Erica Gordon May. 20, 2013
    "It is in the poorest of taste for Muslims to not understand the pain that edifice would bring to all Americans that have been personally touched by 9/11. It has everything to do with being conscious of the feelings of one another as humans. Shame on them. Would the Japanese build a temple or Japanese cultural center that near to Pearl Harbor?!! Were the shoe on the other foot................."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Jaxk Apr. 14, 2013
    "It was inappropriate to build a Muslim "anything" near the site of where the attacks by Muslims occurred. This would be like the Japanense building a community center near Pearl Harbor."
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  • 0 +12 -12 a patriot Dec. 12, 2012
    "those muslim bastards attacked us, and now they want to build a victory monument on the ashes of ground zero? i say NEVER."
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    • 0 0 0 Mohamed Mar. 21, 2015
      "Hey! That's mean! I am Muslim!"
    • 0 0 0 Mohamed Mar. 20, 2015
      "Hey, I am Muslim! Watch what you are saying. And you ain't a patriot because you have done nothing for America."
    • 0 0 0 Batman Feb. 26, 2014
      "Can't tell if you're using sarcasm
      Or you're just a patriot..."
  • 0 +9 -9 Katie Nov. 17, 2012
    "Its just wrong and insensitive. They can build there center somewhere else!"
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  • 0 +16 -16 Patrick Sep. 17, 2011
    "While I believe 100% that Muslims should have the right to build at Ground Zero I just don't think it is a good idea. I think that the building will become a catalyst for anti Muslim feelings. It will be used as an example by anti Muslim politicians and groups. Also I think that there are 9/11 victims that well be upset that it is there. So while I think they should have the right to build there...come on...its just not a good idea."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Farek Shaikh Dec. 13, 2012
    "MOSQUES
    They create building for follow rituals created by Ahadiths and spend millions of dollars of Ummah and keep millions deprived of monetary help and there by creating an imbalance of financial system.
    What Quran says about you :
    9:(107) There are some amongst the hypocrites who have erected a mosque to show that they are true believers. But the purpose of building this mosque is to do damage to the Divine Order, promote Kufr and cause a split amongst the Momineen. This is not a mosque but a base for operations or those who had in the past fought against the Divine system. When asked about their intentions these people will swear that their motive was good, but Allah bears witness that they are nothing but liars.
    9:(108) O Rasool you should never step into this mosque (a mosque which causes split in the Muslims is not worthy of your presence. You have nothing to do with these people or their mosque 6/160) - only that mosque is worthy of your presence which has been founded on Taqwa from the beginning and is frequented by those who are pure (from all types of factions and schisms) and are desirous of growing in purity. And Allah loves such people.
    Read More 9:(109) 9:(110)
    FAREK SHAIKH"
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  • -1 +7 -8 dale Aug. 25, 2012
    "I wrestled with this one. If zoning rules and property owners fall within the law, then there's nothing we can object to legally. But I think it's in very bad taste and highly inappropriate. It might seem unfair to the billions of peaceful Muslims, but that ignores the reality that in the U.S., there is an inextricable psychological link between that religion and the 9/11 murder of thousands of human beings. People who lost loved ones or who were traumatized will visit ground zero for decades. People who ARE militant Muslims are bound to go to the Muslim center as well. You can see the problem, I'm sure."
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  • -2 +9 -11 Geoffrey Jul. 24, 2012
    "NO. Building a mosque is like having a Nazi museum next to a Jewish synagogue."
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  • -2 +9 -11 vivi Apr. 1, 2012
    "It is causing too much controversy. Whats the point of it if so many in the community object?"
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  • -2 +10 -12 marissa anaya Mar. 2, 2012
    "why would we put a muslim center were they can probaly destory our memorial of the world trade center"
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    • +1 +1 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "I should probably tell you the following, simply for your own good: Al-Qaeda, the group that crashed the planes into the world trade center and there partners the Taliban are terrorists Muslims, not Muslim terrorists. Not to say Islam (Muslim) isn't the religion they follow, but if your a Muslim going around being alive in this world in most, well almost all cases, you hate Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and you think they give sham to the name Muslim.

      To put it simply Ms (or Mrs, I can't be sure) Anaya, most, well almost all Muslims, that includes the ones in the middle east, positively and absolutely hate Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

      And, if they don't hate them, then they most likely live under the constant rule of the Taliban warlords(Which aren't an official government power, the Taliban essentially held and are holding areas of numerous middle eastern countries hostage) and are to scared to death by Taliban soldiers with machine guns paroling the streets.

      Basically Ms (or Mrs) Anaya, Muslims don't blow up buildings, Al-Qaeda terrorists do. There's a big difference."
    • -1 0 -1 Mohamed Y Oct. 5, 2014
      "Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, Ms. Anaya, you don't get it do you? FYI I am Muslim, so watch your mouth. I am not the one who attacked the WTC and I don't think the people in the Ground Zero Mosque did either. Only 19 people attacked out of more than a billion Muslims, so if you knew how to do Math, you would know that over 1 billion greatly outnumbers 19. Now, why should we have the Ground Zero Mosque? Well, why should we have churches or synagogues or whatever religion you are. Well we need them as a place of worship. Don't think that only Muslims do this. The U.S. reduced the amount of Native Americans, enslaved black people, segregated them, had the KKK to attack and kill them, bombed 250,000 innocent civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, fought pointless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan etc. Ms. Anaya, where are you getting all your facts from (You do know what facts even are right? Wouldn't be surprised if you didn't know what the heck they are.)? So talk crap about the Ground Zero Mosque again. Go on, I dare you. You are not winning the battle here Ms. Anaya."
  • -3 +12 -15 Sep. 14, 2011
    "The very fact that Muslims are insisting that an Islamic Community Center should be at this spot, with blatant disregard for the sensitivities that this issue raises and the apparent lack of human compassion is really quite disturbing. In the name of tolerance, should we Americans allow an Al-Queda site to be on this here memorial -- the worst of human tragedies? If we want to talk about tolerance, this would prove it. Frankly, I'm not there yet and by the grace of all that is good, I never will be. Just my opinion."
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    • +2 +2 0 just another muslim Oct. 25, 2011
      "a mosque is a religious center for muslims NOT Al-qaeda open your eyes..."
    • +1 +1 0 Seoc Dughlas Oct. 25, 2011
      "Just Another Muslim, I gather that you would not approve an Al-Queda site at Ground Zero. Good for you! I don't either. We don't have to agree with everything to be tolerant. We can disagree sometimes. I point to the compassion for those who lost someone during that time. 4 blocks away is where a mosque stood before that tragic day. 4 blocks is the closest a mosque (or a Cultural Center)should be, at least for a generation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Have a nice day!"
  • -3 +22 -25 Jeff Apr. 27, 2011
    "I am not against Muslims or mosques, but because every 9/11 terrorist was a Muslim I find building a mosque on Ground Zero disrespectful to those who lost loved ones on 9/11. It should be built elsewhere, and there are plenty of other locations in New York that could accomodate this project."
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    • +6 +10 -4 Talal Raza May. 6, 2011
      "First, its not going to be a mosque. Its a cultural community center, with swimming pool, basketball, a culinary center and many more with an additional "prayer space" for Muslims of lower Manhattan".As a Muslim, I can say that We dont have swimming pools, basketball courts or culinary centers at mosque..
      Reason this center be build: To reinforce the idea that Terrorists have no religion and Islam does not support terrorism". keep that in mind that nearly 60 Muslims also lost their lives in 9/11 attacks. so blaming Muslims for the 9/11 attacks and opposing the Islamic community center is not a sound opinion. I think its a good opportunity to tell the world that America is religiously tolerant society and does not discriminate anyone on religion."
    • 0 0 0 Seoc Oct. 25, 2011
      "Talal Raza, I understand where you are coming from. I do understand that Muslims are NOT terrorist in general. I think Jeff here feels the same way. It's just that for the reason Jeff mentions, quite a few people see Islam as a terrorist religion. Building a Center here would only reinforce that idea in those and possibly a few more. There are better places in the city. Why this one? Muslims have the right to build, that's for sure! It's just a question of showing sensitivity for those who need compassion for their loss. There are better ways of showing the love and that is Islam!"
  • -4 +5 -9 Brody May. 5, 2012
    "I down think that would go down well with the friends and family of 9/11 victims... Nothing against Muslims in general."
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  • -4 +8 -12 Dalton Freeman Mar. 9, 2012
    "Because the third world countries which are mostly muslim blew up the WTC"
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "No, a extremist terrorist group based in a Muslim country which does not make any ties or connections to the group, flew two planes into the WTC. No bombs were involved"
    • 0 0 0 allison Jun. 26, 2012
      "THAT's not true you should think and look at people that way.... i swear, i am going back to Dubai because of you people."
  • -4 +8 -12 Caleb Mar. 1, 2012
    "I am against the mosque "community center", because what if the U.S. went to Saudi Arabia, blew up a school or trade center and then built a church on top of it. Would Saudis stand for it?"
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "Dude, the Saudis didn't blow up the world trade center, Al-Qaeda, a terrorist cell Saudi Arabia makes no affiliations with, did. Your scenario would be like Germany bombs England so England attacks Russia. Also, the community center that has a mosque in it is four blocks away from ground zero. Not in it."
    • 0 0 0 nikki Jun. 26, 2012
      "saudis don't go to school they are a serious religon, they're taught of their religon."
  • -4 +16 -20 Dylan Kelley Jan. 31, 2012
    "In the Muslim religion they build churches or temple next to victories. Why let them celebrate the killing of innocent Americans?"
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    • +2 +2 0 allison Aliwai Jun. 26, 2012
      "please tell me which victory the mosque down the street had.... check your self before you wreck yourself... all america is , is a bunch of groups against each other"
    • 0 +2 -2 Hunter Workman May. 9, 2012
      "That is an outright, ignorant lie. Come back when you learn something about Islam."
    • 0 +2 -2 Caleb Mar. 1, 2012
      "EXACTLY!!!!!"
    • -1 0 -1 asdfjkl; May. 24, 2012
      "He has a point..."
  • -4 +15 -19 NICK Nov. 13, 2011
    "There are already 40 Efing mosques in Lower Manhattan... One is 4 blocks from the WTC! IDC if people want to call it a community cener because that's crap. Do some research on how crazy the pastor is, he's a nutcase. OR building a Japanese awareness center next to the Pearl Harbor memorial. Do what's Morally right, because that's how us Americans run this bitch. Look what happened to Paterno they morally fired him, he did his job of telling his superior about the Penn State Scandal, now we need to elminate this Park 51 project cause it is the right thing to do."
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    • +1 +3 -2 Hunter Workman Jan. 18, 2012
      ""...that's how us Americans run this bitch". Wow, where to begin with this one? Uh, for starters, it IS a community center. A mosque is a place designated specifically and solely for Muslims to worship and pray. That is not the intention of the proposed building. It is a place that has something to offer everyone in the community, it just floors dedicated for Muslims to pray. And, I could tell you to do your research as well. The crazy man you're referring to is not a pastor, because Muslims don't have pastors. The closest thing to it that they have is an Imam, who is in charge of leading their daily prayer and their weekly Jumaa, which is a reading directly from the Qur'an, not a sermon, as most people believe. True Muslims are told to live by the Qur'an without judgement or interpretation, so a sermon by a pastor wouldn't be possible, because the Imam isn't permitted to state his interpretation of the Qur'an, only to read passages directly from it. That's the biggest misconception surrounding this issue, and I think it is a great cause for negative opinion. This is why we should promote Muslim culture, because most of the "knowledge" is based on assumption and fear (misguided fear, if I may add)."
    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "If you want to do what's morally right, then build the COMMUNITY CENTER. And the Japanese awareness center you were talking about, if the Administrators handle the issue of WW2 in the right manner it could actually do some good."
  • -4 +16 -20 Matt Hall Sep. 23, 2011
    "It seems to me, a citizen of the U.S.A., that there is no respect for human life anymore. As so many embrace a religion (Islam) that has an agenda to take over the world by manipulation and eventually force we have become fools to not only watch it happen but now support it. Where is our common sense?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Z Weiss Jun. 3, 2012
      "CHRISTIANITY has an agenda to take over the world, and is quite open about it."
    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "No no no no no no no no no no no no and no. AL-QAEDA wants to END AMERICA by means of TERRORISM. Muslims generally speaking don't want to hurt anyone.

      Also, you have the wrong site, this ProCon.org, I think you're looking for WikiLeaks"
  • -4 +18 -22 EMMA May. 17, 2011
    "There is already a mosque a few blocks away. I know this is America and we are suppose to be accepting, but those people are the ones who came and attachedk us on our soil. Think of the families that were involved who lost someone. I almostl ost a loved one."
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  • -4 +18 -22 Stew Apr. 27, 2011
    "Why would they turn down 15 million for the building to accept 4.5? The name and location of the project are unacceptable to the population of New York in general and to the majority of the families. Move to another area and show compassion for the grief."
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    • 0 0 0 Batman Feb. 26, 2014
      "It's 2 blocks away you have enough room to breath...
      :3 maybe not with all these mcdonalds..."
    • -2 0 -2 Sep. 14, 2011
      "My point exactly! It has nothing to do with religious toleration, but in building community trust, in which case, isn't being built here. There is nothing wrong with Muslims building mosques, worship centers, community buildings, whatever the case may be, but at least give us Americans room to grieve and heal. The insistence that this site is the only place to build is arrogant. Build somewhere else... Please!"
  • -5 +24 -29 Bob Apr. 27, 2011
    "I don't feel like a 9/11 Memorial should be included in the Mosque bldg. I really don't feel like they should be building a Mosque any where near the WTC. Speaking as a 9/11 family member. Why because they hate Americans and they are just rubbing this in our face to be honest, can't we see what they are trying to do to America what's wrong with the Ameriacn people today open your eyes it's only a matter of time they will push to be in the White House. Wake up AMERICA...."
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    • +4 +6 -2 Jack Jun. 28, 2011
      "Why do we have to group everyone together. There are islamic extremists who hate america, however the majority do not hate america. We cannot put a collective guilt upon the Muslim people."
    • +1 +1 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "I think the family of the Muslim people who undoubtedly died on the same floor as your relative would beg to differ."
    • 0 +3 -3 Erin Jul. 17, 2011
      "As Jack said below, you can't put every one in a group in the same category. My example: Christians and the KKK. As much as I may disagree with the 'Moral Majority", last I looked the worst thing they did was to vocalized their beliefs. The KKK on the other hand, have been destructive almost from their formation. If you did not fit into the mold of a white christian who cared only for people just like them, then you were a target."
    • -1 +5 -6 Talal Raza May. 6, 2011
      "C'mon Muslims aint so bad and its not a mosque they are building. A Cultural Community Community Center..."
  • -6 +13 -19 Penelope Nov. 23, 2011
    "Any group that promotes the "Invisible Man in the Sky" garbage should be discouraged from building any where near the site. This includes Muslims, Christians and Jews. Their fairy tales enable/promote this kind of murder all over the world."
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    • +4 +4 0 Victor Greywolf Dec. 30, 2011
      "I hear you on the invisible man part, and you do have an awesome point, but we also have to consider if they are going to be near us when they do it. I understand and agree with your point of view on religion, but they do have their right, and as long as they don't impose it on us, shouldn't they be who they are? And this is coming from a guy who hates religion, and is an Atheist as well. I'm not attacking your point of view or anything, I just wanted to offer some other type of opinion."
    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 23, 2012
      "On behalf of all Atheists you sham us with your hate. It may be true, but you shouldn't participate in their hate by hating them back."
  • -7 +14 -21 Ramon Ferrer Sep. 14, 2011
    "Building this mosque in ground zero is really an offence. One thing is tolerance, and the other is abusing the patience and confidence of the people who suffered and lost their relatives in the attack of 9-11.

    Compasion is a necesary feeling for mankind to achieve total freedom... and compasion means to leave time and to respect people feelings. Please do not build this Muslim Community near the world trade center. Please seek for another suitable place, I believe that the US is large enough.

    I am not an US citizen and I don't live in the US but I have seen what happened on 9-11 in NY and later in Madrid. Please believe when I say that muslims, in general, are not true and not honest at all."
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    • +3 +5 -2 Rory Nov. 16, 2011
      "If you feel justified in grouping all Muslims together and judging them based on actions of a few, then I feel justified saying that all Christians must be ignorant and prejudiced because the KKK is. Please think about your argument before you post it."