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Any belief system based in organized religion is dangerous and bad for you. That goes for any of them including Christianity and Islam.
What he's talking about is the extremist side of Islam, the majority are moderates who don't subscribe to the 100% follow the Koran mentality.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
It's of kind of self evident, perhaps a little too opinionated, but this is certainly how I am viewing this non issue.
Edit To Add: I would urge all those who are in opposition to the mosque to also read the following thread in order to perhaps understand our view a bit better.
[edit on 9/3/2010 by tothetenthpower]
Are you implying that a Billion people are exactly in the same mindset and have exactly the same interpretation of the Koran?
I could go through recent history and give you plenty of examples of how Christianity has set the world back or has tried to "take over" certain parts of the world.
Let's see just off the top of my head, there's the Religious Group of Americans who went to Uganda to and convinced a country to start murdering gays again.
And the Pope also going to Africa and telling them to NOT use condoms as it would make AIDS worse.
Originally posted by poet1b
Um, Islam actively murders gays at any opportunity. These supposed terrible things don't compare the the genocide and mass raped carried out by Muslims in Africa. You are being ridiculous here.
I have made my position very clear in the past that I emphatically support gay rights especially those of the right to marry and adopt.
Why many of you have probably asked considering my religion?
Well it’s quite simple, while I do not proclaim that there is a shred of evidence in Islam that it’s religiously acceptable for gays to marry, I also proclaim that my theology is not to be imposed on others, nor would I want anyone else’s theology imposed on me. You know that whole golden rule thing?
My point is that I cannot justify a legal system where our founding documents proclaim that we are endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, yet at the same time make it legal for one group or segment of the population to use their religious ideology as a catalyst to counter those inalienable rights toward another segment of the population.
Same-sex intercourse carries the death penalty in five officially Muslim nations: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mauritania, Sudan, and Yemen.  It formerly carried the death penalty in Afghanistan under the Taliban, and in Iraq under a 2001 decree by Saddam Hussein.
In the book Azuma proves definitively not only that Arab Muslim enslavement of Blacks is more pernicious than any other slavery in the world (indeed it still goes on today), but that it was in fact viler and more vicious.
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by debunky
My point is that Meccas should be a secular city.
As for your question, Do you still beat your wife?
Our solution to Islam is to do what we have always done in the past when attacked. We defend ourselves, while Islam has consistently been an offender and aggressor when they get the opportunity.
Park51, originally named Cordoba House (and often referred to as the "Ground Zero Mosque"), is a planned $100 million, 13-story, glass and steel Islamic community center and mosque to be located about two blocks (600 feet or 180 meters) from the World Trade Center site, in Lower Manhattan. The facility's design includes a 500-seat auditorium, theater, performing arts center, fitness center, swimming pool, basketball court, childcare area, bookstore, culinary school, art studio, food court, September 11 memorial, and prayer space that could accommodate 1,000–2,000 people. The center would replace an existing 1850s Italianate-style building that was damaged in the September 11 attacks.
It was captured in 711 by a Muslim army: in 716 it became a provincial capital, depending from the Caliphate of Damascus; in Arabic it was known as قرطبة (Qurṭuba). In May 766, it was elected as capital of the independent Muslim emirate of al-Andalus, later a Caliphate itself. During the caliphate apogee (1000 AD), Córdoba had a population of roughly 400,000 inhabitants, though estimates range between 250,000 and 500,000. In the 10th-11th centuries Córdoba was one of the most advanced cities in the world, as well as a great cultural, political, financial and economic centre. The Great Mosque of Córdoba dates back to this time; under caliph Al-Hakam II Córdoba received what was then the largest library in the world, housing from 400,000 to 1,000,000 volumes.
After the fall of the caliphate (1031), Córdoba became the capital of a Republican independent taifa. This short-lived state was conquered by Al-Mu'tamid ibn Abbad, lord of Seville, in 1070. In turn, the latter was overthrown by the Almoravids, later replaced by the Almohads.
During the latter's domination the city declined, the role of capital of Muslim al-Andalus having been given to Seville. On 29 June 1236, after a siege of several months, it was captured by King Ferdinand III of Castile, during the Spanish Reconquista. The city was divided into 14 barrios and numerous new church buildings were added.
The city declined especially after Renaissance times. In the 18th century it had reduced to just 20,000 inhabitants. Population and economy started to increase only in the early 20th century.
Naming of the project
Cordoba Initiative, the sponsors of Park51, said the original name "Cordoba House" was meant to invoke 8th–11th century Córdoba, Spain, which they called a model of peaceful coexistence between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Some took issue with the name Cordoba; for example, Newt Gingrich said that it was a "a deliberately insulting term" on the grounds that Córdoba was the capital of the Caliphate of Córdoba during the period of Muslim rule in Spain, following the Umayyad defeat of the Visigoths in the 8th century. Similarly, Raymond Ibrahim, formerly associate director of the Middle East Forum, criticized the initiative as symbolic not of "a gesture of peace and interfaith dialogue" but "allusive of Islamic conquest and consolidation". According to The Economist, the name was chosen because Muslims, Jews and Christians created a center of learning in Córdoba together. Subsequently, Cordoba Initiative renamed the structure "Park51", after the location's address at 51 Park Place, although it continues to refer to the project itself as Cordoba House.
Park51 is often referred to as the "Ground Zero mosque". Since it is neither located directly on Ground Zero nor primarily a mosque, some news media have cautioned against the use of this term.