Con to the question "Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ''Ground Zero Mosque'') near the World Trade Center site?"
"The MCC challenges Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf about his claim that building the mosque will increase tolerance for Muslims when the evidence is the exact opposite...
If Imam Rauf is serious about building bridges, then he could have dedicated space in this so-called community centre to a Church and Synagogue, but he did not...
Even if the intention of the mosque organizers was noble, the negative reaction by the American people has ensured that if built, the mosque will remain a permanent sore point and a lightning rod for anti-Muslim feelings. For this reason alone, the project must be abandoned."
"Muslim Canadian Congress Urges New York's Ground-Zero Mosque Imam to Abandon Project," www.muslimcanadiancongress.org, Aug. 9, 2010
Organizations/VIPS/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"The Muslim Canadian Congress is a grassroots organization that provides a voice to Muslims who are not represented by existing organizations; organizations that are either sectarian or ethnocentric, largely authoritarian, and influenced by a fear of modernity and an aversion to joy."
"Who We Are," www.muslimcanadiancongress.org (accessed Oct. 21, 2010)
"We want our communities to be equal and active contributors and participants in the development of a just, democratic, and equitable society in Canada...
We look forward to building communities free from the ravages of racism, intolerance, ignorance, disease, and poverty, and where religion becomes a force of joy, enlightenment, democracy, peace and bridge-building, rather than hate, oppression, war and division."