Share Your Thoughts: New York’s “Ground Zero Mosque”
“People can’t hear each other anymore. I find it heart-wrenching. I hate to see New Yorkers squaring off against each other.”
—Governor David Paterson, New York
New York Governor David Paterson is one of many New York political officials sounding off on the debate surrounding a proposed $100 million Muslim cultural center and mosque set to be built blocks away from the sacred Ground Zero, the site of one of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
According to “polls,” at least 60 percent of Americans oppose the mosque, in addition to a majority of Republican politicians.
Over the weekend, protesters holding posters with hateful statements against the mosque, such as “No clubhouse for terrorists,” went up against the site’s supporters and were only kept apart by local police. Today, a coalition called New York Neighbors For American Values was formed to push back against opposition to the mosque, featuring more than 40 religious and civic groups.
According to conservative politicians, the center and mosque is “offensive” to the families of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11 attacks launched by al Qaeda militants in 2001.
Check out Jon Stewart‘s entertaining take on the situation:
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