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Do facts matter at all when discussing politics--or specifically, the building of the Islamic Center?

There are so many talking points floating about, repeating the same misconceptions about the Muslim faith, the proposed Community Center near Ground Zero, and suspicions about the Iman, that many are so willing to believe. Would it matter if they were to see these myths dispelled? Would it change even one mind, or do you think it would be too painful for some to admit that they are simply wrong about the location, the intent, and the people behind it?

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jsbenkert

Asked by jsbenkert at 3:07 PM on Aug. 24, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • not to the crazies protesting against it

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:08 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Here, for example, is a "fact-check".  I doubt that many will bother to read it, but of those who do, will they still argue the same myths?

    jsbenkert

    Comment by jsbenkert (original poster) at 3:10 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Facts matter very little in this case. In order to sensationalize and bring forth strong feelings, people most often use the phrase "Mosque built on Ground Zero!" Nevermind that it's a community center built a couple blocks from GZ.

    I think another thread here in P&CE today makes it clear that facts/laws/etc. play next to no part in how people react to this. It's ALL about feelings.
    DusterMommy

    Answer by DusterMommy at 3:10 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Nope. This fear and hatred at its finest. Fear, hatred and whole lot of bandwagon folks. This is classic mob rule mentality.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 3:12 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Oh, so it's just a community center now?? Yeaaa....

    I don't oppose it because of the religion aspect behind it. They have every legal right to build a church where they want. It's a respect issue for me. They HAD to know this was going to stir up tons of problems. Almost like it's being done on purpose. Is it really worth all the drama it's creating? It's bringing all the crazies out... People need to understand 9/11 hit hard for a lot of people and they are going to have strong feelings about it...For someone to not have lost someone in 9/11 or anything like that, I wouldn't expect them to understand why those people feel the way they do.

    All it's doing is creating more opportunity for hate and violent actions... I say just move it farther away to end the nonsene...have some respect!
    JuLiAnSmOmMy317

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 3:14 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • I found it interesting in the article that Iinked above, that even the "two blocks" that many find too close, is actually several blocks away--they are not even talking about blocks in terms that many of us are familiar with. I imagined a block to mean more like what you'd see in a typical neighborhood. However, here is a quote from that article: The center would be established at 45-51 Park Place, just over two blocks from the northern edge of the sprawling, 16-acre World Trade Center site. Its location is roughly half a dozen normal lower Manhattan blocks from the site of the North Tower, the nearer of the two destroyed in the attacks.


    I find that to be very interesting.

    jsbenkert

    Comment by jsbenkert (original poster) at 3:16 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Right on Julians..

    Sweet so according to polls most Americans are crazy! LOL crazzzzzzzzzy baby
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 3:19 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Those opposed base their decision on fear, hatred and most of all ignorance, and, sadly, they will never ever see it any other way.
    gramsmom

    Answer by gramsmom at 3:25 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Oh, so it's just a community center now?? Yeaaa....

    It's never been anything but a community center. "MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO" gets better ratings, but point proved.
    DEpley

    Answer by DEpley at 3:26 PM on Aug. 24, 2010



  • Sweet so according to polls most Americans are crazy! LOL crazzzzzzzzzy baby

    and fearful and bigoted and Fox viewers! lol
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:26 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

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