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Until, that is, this week, when a debate over a provocative advertisement thrust the Metropolitan Transportation Authority back into a fierce public debate over what should and should not be allowed in the transit system — and to what extent the authority has the right to decide that at all.
At issue was an ad submitted by a group opposed to the construction of a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero. The ad includes a photograph of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, one tower aflame, the other moments away from being struck by an airplane. A headline asks, “Why There?” an
Originally posted by sweetliberty
Why are you comparing the buildings?
The towers no longer exist.
That is not the picture that will be displayed on the busses. I heard her this morning saying the authorities have her on her third proposal of a picture.
[edit on 11-8-2010 by sweetliberty]
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
Just more fear from American conservatives. So now the Islamic mosque is going to be the same size as the World Trade Center? Jesus where do these people get there ideas from? I feel sorry for being an American after reading this garbage.
A Marist College poll released Tuesday found that 53 percent of New York City voters polled oppose constructing the mosque there. Just 34 percent favored the plan in the poll, which also showed a slide in Bloomberg's traditional high approval ratings.
The Marist poll surveyed 696 New York City voters July 28 through Aug. 5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
She's pretty anti-Muslim if you ask me.
Asked if she was concerned that the image of the flaming twin towers might upset some New Yorkers, Ms. Geller, in a brief interview on Monday, replied: “Not at all. It’s part of American history.”
A Muslim victim of 9/11: 'Build your mosque somewhere else'
I know Ground Zero is not mine alone; I must share this sanctuary with tourists, politicians, anyone who chooses to come, whatever their motivations or intentions. But a mosque nearby -- even a proposed one -- is already transforming the site from a sacred ground for reflection, so desperately needed by the families who lost loved ones, to a battleground for religious and political ideologies. So many people from different nationalities and religions were killed that day. This site should be a neutral place for all to come in peace and remember. I believe my mother would have thought so as well.
The Iranian revolution compelled my family to flee to America when I was 12 years old. Yet, just over two decades later, the militant version of our faith caught up with us on a September morning. I still identify as a Muslim. When you are born into a Muslim family, there is no way around it, no choices available: You are Muslim. I am not ashamed of my faith, but I am ashamed of what is done in its name.