Saturday, August 14, 2010

Reshma, Obama And The Ground Zero Mosque

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Barack Obama: The Huffington Post: Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque Plans In Ramadan Dinner Speech
Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed allowing a mosque near ground zero, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less. ..... a controversy that has riven New York City and the nation. ..... "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable." ..... a $100 million Islamic center two blocks from where nearly 3,000 people perished ...... the place where the twin towers once stood was indeed "hallowed ground," Obama said that the proper way to honor it was to apply American values. ....... earlier times when the building of synagogues or Catholic churches also met with opposition. ...... Bloomberg, an independent who has been a strong supporter of the mosque, welcomed Obama's words as a "clarion defense of the freedom of religion." ..... heard by Muslims worldwide. The president has made it a point to reach out to the global Muslim community .... nearly 70 percent of Americans opposed the mosque plan ..... a Muslim-themed community center. ..... a hub for interfaith interaction, as well as a place for Muslims to bridge some of their faith's own schisms.
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The Daily Beast: Reshma Saujani: Palin's Ground Zero Insult
The debate around the Cordoba House—or “the Ground Zero Mosque,” as it is sensationally being referred to in the media ...... That religious freedom and interfaith dialogue can endure at such a symbolic site, I believe, is a testament to the strength of American democracy. ...... Sarah Palin urged her supporters to reject the “Ground Zero Mosque” and implored “Peace-seeking Muslims” to scrap plans for the Cordoba House because it represents “unnecessary provocation” and a “stab in the heart.” ...... Michael Berry, a Republican talk-radio host in Houston, told listeners, “I hope the mosque isn’t built, and if it is, I hope it’s blown up, and I mean that.” ..... they have forgotten what makes this country great. The Cordoba Initiative was actually named for the city of Cordoba, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived in peace for nearly 800 years during the Middle Ages...... In many ways, New York City today strikes me as a modern day Cordoba ..... We must both relentlessly pursue terrorist networks and staunchly defend our pluralistic democracy. The raw human component of this challenge calls on us to make an equal effort to combat extremism with education, intolerance with interfaith exchanges.

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