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40 religious leaders speak out against Palin , Fox, & Gingrich "hate Speech" on Mosque issue, thoughts?

Today more than 40 prominent, diverse faith leaders and religion scholars in New York and across the country issued a statement calling the rhetoric of pundits like Palin and Gingrich exactly what it is -- an appeal to "xenophobia and religious bigotry."


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:23 AM on Aug. 15, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Thank you okmanders.

    People need to stop blaming the entire muslim population for that. It would be like the world labeling all christians as terrorists because of the abortion clinic bombings, OKC, some of these white supremist groups that claim to be christain. You can blame the whole for what a few did.

    Get educated. As soon as they take away our religious freedom, yours will be next.

    Answer by erin7420 at 9:02 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Although I did not hear/read what was said, I have heard enough about this debate to make my own informed opinion. It's actually a fine line here between doing what we do as a country w/ such religious freedoms. This could be a way to show that not all Muslims are like "them" (ie AlQuada) However, it's already been 9 years, & our attitudes about this issue are tough to change w/ 2 wars raging w/ no end in site. With having said that, I truly think that it would be a smart decision to move the Mosque away from ground zero. There have to be other places w/in the community that doesn't have to be a towering slap -in-the-face type of reminder of what those poor people of NY endured on that dreaded day. It's a comprimise they should be willing to make.

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 11:34 AM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • The thing is, there was a mosque there that was destroyed on 9/11. Besides, its going to be more of a community/cultural center. Besides, its 2 blocks away from ground zero. If people would learn more about other people and their beliefs, we wouldnt have this kind of problem in America. Its fear based on ignorance. People fear what they do not know or understand, instead of trying to understand it, they attack it.

    Answer by erin7420 at 4:29 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • insensitive??? really?? weren't there Muslims who got killed on 9/11 too?? people are making it out to sound as if ISLAM attacked on 9/11 or as if the 1.6 billion Muslims on Earth today (1/5th of the human population) are a bunch of killers. this is a MASJID- which is a house of WORSHIP to the ONE GOD, its not a resort being built to mastermind another attack. maybe if those who oppose it, took the time to learn about what ISLAM stands for, rather than taking it from the worst examples of people who call themselves Muslims..ignorance about this matter wouldn't prevail amongst the masses. ISLAM is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. instead of pushing it away due to fear. take a look at it and understand it for what it really is. people need to live OUT of their box to really see the bigger picture, not just the fly by horrendous acts done and discriminate the rest of the followers or the religion Islam by it.

    Answer by muhajjirah at 5:49 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • i honestly dont understand what the deal is. the have every legal right to build it, its not up to citizens. if it was we'd all be in trouble. i really dont understand why "those" kinda ppl cant see that Palin & Gingrich & the others are just playing them for the fools they are acting like.

    hell, its not like they are building the damn thing literally on Ground Zero...that would be insensitive. but they are not responsible for 9/11 any more than Christians are responsible for the OKC bombing...why cant ppl get that?

    Answer by okmanders at 6:54 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • yeah, it's interesting. Every American does have the right to whatever religion they want. IMO it's the location of the mosque that's the problem; it's insensitive. On the other hand, it's time to get over any type of segregation and accept other cultures, ethnicity, color, etc. Then again, I have a serious problem with Obama canceling the day of prayer in the White House, and yet hold a dinner in honor of Ramadan. That's a serious load of crap that I haven't heard anyone mention yet. Does he hold dinners for other religions? (Besides Christianity, like Christmas, that kind of stuff).

    It's very hard to think outside of what we are.

    Answer by crystalhuskey at 11:32 AM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • I think it's great that the group spoke because I believe in freedom of speech and people of all backgrounds have a wide range of opinions. However I feel this Mosque shouldn't be built  here.   Building this is a huge Mosque and complex structure in this area is insensitive and just in bad taste.

    Since the Islamic Center and mosque in Manhattan is -- a center promoting interfaith relations, combating extremism, and offering community programs for people of all religious backgrounds , the designers should choose to build this massive, and beautiful structure some place else in Manhattan.  By not taking into consideration the feelings of so many people who witnessed or survived the attacks on 911,  it makes it feel like a different agenda is at play here then building an interfaith relations complex. 



    Answer by RyansMom001 at 12:30 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • If the designers are really trying to combat extremism and create better interfaith relations they are off to a bad start, and relocating the facility would be a gesture of good will. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should and putting this here is in bad taste.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 12:31 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • I fully support the building of the mosque, and I 'm glad that people are standing up and showing their support as well. Hopefully we'll see more and more do just that.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:00 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Good for them for speaking up!

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 9:13 PM on Aug. 15, 2010