Comments on: What would a compromise in NY Muslim centre dispute look like? Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: word2010 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:15:55 +0000 Compromise is impossible. Building a mosque is not a wise option. The ground zero is a place where God warns America, especially New York city. Why do we always debate about building a mosque. Why don’t we build a church, to remind us that God has been reminding America by terror attacks on september

By: SanPa Thu, 26 Aug 2010 07:00:49 +0000 70 years ago, the American public was enraged after the attack of Pearly Harbor by Imperial Naval forces for Japan. First and second generation Japanese-Americans bore blame for actions of the nation from whence they came — homes, businesses, farms, possessions … rights granted under the Constitution … lost owing to national origin. A grievous mistake was made.

I still have vivid recollection of the morning I awoke to news of attacks on the eastern seaboard. I still remember the shock and anger that followed. While not being around to experience Pearl Harbor, I can imagine the impact of the attack on U.S. Naval installations enraged people as intensly as the 9/11 attack enrage Americans in modern times. Despite hopes that America learned from an earlier mistake, some politicans have chosen to violate their oath of office (vv. … uphold, defend, and protect the Constitution of the United States …) and trample on a people because … they worship by the same faith as the terrorists. [By that logic, Oklahoma City should ban GOP functions as both convicted bombers had a common political affiliation].

By: Nickmann Thu, 26 Aug 2010 06:34:04 +0000 Why not do the same to all the muslim countries from whom US buys oil? Why aren’t they protesting against the import of muslim oil or religion doesn’t infect the quality of oil?
From a far perspective view, I can say that what is happening in the US against building a mosque is on the edge of what it means to be democratic. The protest is fine, but not agreeing on religious terms is just undemocratic.

By: reev Thu, 26 Aug 2010 06:23:52 +0000 Even I feel that people’s emotions have been fired-up by right-wing politicos, but I seem to agree with both sides of the debate…

A practical compromise could be a multi-faith center, as victims of 9/11 were from different faiths. I remember reading that ‘pro-mosque’ debaters want to have place to offer prayers for the loved ones they lost, but how about people from other faiths who want to offer their prayers as well ? Besides, this could be a good example for religion-freedom induced unity in NY.

I remember seeing a multi-faith praying room in Baltimore airport, perhaps people may agree to this ?

By: lector Thu, 26 Aug 2010 05:21:20 +0000 Anyone who understand history of Muslim Arab world would agree that symbolism is extremely important to it. “Cordoba” is the reference to Cordoba Caliphate in Spain in the glory days of the Arab expansion in the western world. If the Cordoba House is allowed in the current location, the perception of Muslim Arab world would be that the America is not strongly religions county with weak believes to allow it to proceed despite this obvious symbolism. Some people in the US and West in general are blind by the tolerance at any price without recognizing that the Cordoba House might become a symbol of their own detraction in the eyes of the Muslim world.

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By: LibertyAtStake Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:11:01 +0000 Yes, compromise is possible – if Khan and Rauf want it. They certainly show no sign of wanting it. And, btw, where’s Barry on this?
“Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

By: Jalaluddin Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:04:31 +0000 Seastar,

They planned for this years in advance. The imam appeared on Fox News(!) twice — with Glenn Beck in 2006 and with Laura Ingaham last year — and they both gave it their blessing. This has become an issue because extreme-right-wing bloggers have been rousing the rabble, and because it’s an issue beleaguered, idea-less Republicans can turn into an election issue.

By: seastar Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:08:19 +0000 it should be.
the poor timing of developers and their lack of vision to
foresee the virulent reactions this dubious construct would ignite
shows hubris and heartless opportunism from its creators
not humility not candor not grace.