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Originally posted by Southern Guardian
Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
In this economy...someone will build it.
Somebody got the point before me.
Im just concerned about some of these hardhats as to where they will find work. They may get the tea partiers and Republican voters to celebrate them on but as for them getting work afterwards? hmmmm.
I certainly do not have the luxury to drop a job for political purposes. I know that if I did somebody would come in and replace me in a second.
Rima Fakih, the first Muslim Miss USA, has come out against the location of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque."
Fakih, whose faith caused a bit of an uproar when she was first crowned, told Inside Edition on Monday that while she concurs with President Obama on the need for the protection of religious freedom, she also feels that the placement of the Park51 center is a little too close for comfort.
"I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on Constitutional rights of freedom of religion," Fakih tells the show. "I also agree that it shouldn't be so close to the World Trade Center. We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion."
NEW YORK – American Muslims who support the proposed mosque and Islamic center near ground zero are facing skeptics within their own faith — those who argue that the project is insensitive to Sept. 11 victims and needlessly provocative at a time when Muslims are pressing for wider acceptance in the U.S.
Akbar Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies at American University
"For most Americans, 9/11 remains as an open wound, and anything associated with Islam, even for Americans who want to understand Islam — to have an Islamic center with so much publicity is like rubbing salt in open wounds," said Akbar Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies at American University, a former Pakistani ambassador to Britain and author of "Journey Into America, The Challenge of Islam." He said the space should include a synagogue and a church so it will truly be interfaith.
Asra Nomani, author of "Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam," said she backs the idea of the mosque in principle but believes the feelings of families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks should trump the plan.
"I haven't been able to support the building of the mosque right there in the location they've got," said Nomani, an advocate for women's rights and tolerance in the Muslim world
Tawfik Hamid, an Egyptian scholar and reformer who said he was once a member of a terrorist group, said he had a "conditional objection" to the proposed Islamic center.
He said it was not enough for Park51 leaders to call themselves moderate. Instead, they should "clearly and unambiguously" reject radicalization by opposing specific extremist practices, such as killing apostates, stoning women for adultery, calling Jews "pigs and monkeys" and "declaring war" on non-Muslims who refuse to convert.
"To the supporters of this new Islamic cultural center, I must ask: Build your ideological monument somewhere else, far from my mother's grave, and let her rest."
Originally posted by SevenThunders
By the way a Greek Orthodox church was destroyed by the 911 attacks. They've been trying to get permits to rebuild there and have been refused! Why were the Muslims able to get permission?
I say BUILD IT ALREADY, the only people who dont want it built are secretly racist and Obama has shown it to everyone that americans are racist.
Originally posted by SeventhSeal
I said it before and I'll say it again...how bigoted do you have to be to protest the idea of an Islamic Culture Center being built in New York City?
I knew this country was sometimes racist, hypocritical and severely judgmental when it comes to to human rights and the constitution ....but this is downright disgusting AND unconstitutional.
[edit on 20-8-2010 by SeventhSeal]
Originally posted by JunoJive
In my humble opinion, it would be the boldest show of support for the fundamental ideals of the US if they helped build the mosque. Working together and supporting each other despite the vast differences in perspective. What an unbelievable display of humility it would be to just accept each other and not blame an entire people, an entire culture for the actions of a few. To show reason, as opposed to fear. A very important gap may be bridged here. Or grow even larger. I guess that depends on what it is that people want for their world.