Two items from CNN- Interview with American Morning and article on ground Zero mosque by Akbar Ahmed

An In-Depth Look at Mosques in America from CNN American Morning on Monday the 9th of August.

Also, a special opinion article by Akbar Ahmed “Make New York Mosque an Interfaith Center”.

The United States must resolve what I call the Great American Conundrum by clarifying its policy toward Muslims. It cannot treat its Muslim citizens as second-class citizens at home and hope to win them over abroad.American Muslims complain of their second-class status by pointing out that their religion and houses of worship can be attacked with near impunity. When they do object, they are told that this kind of abuse is a small price to pay for living in a free society. Yet it is blatantly clear that only Islam is being attacked in such a crass fashion. It is virtually unimaginable to hear of any other ethnic or religious group being so targeted without an uproar. Read the entire article.

One response to “Two items from CNN- Interview with American Morning and article on ground Zero mosque by Akbar Ahmed

  1. Voice of Reason

    Good article that makes some valid points. However, the best thing for Muslim/American relations would be for this Mosque to be moved.

    Building a Mosque at Ground Zero to New Yorkers is like building a shooting range across the street from Colombine High School, it’s bad taste. There really is no other way to put it. Actually there is. Building a Mosque at Ground Zero is much of an insult to New Yorkers as a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb for a turban.

    Making matters worse is naming it the Cordoba House. Considering Cordoba was conquered by the Muslims in 711 and was the seat of power the Caliphate of Cordoba, its not too much of a stretch to see how people might see the Mosque as planting a victory flag on US soil.

    In the end it comes down to this. If the Imam is really interested in promoting inter-faith understanding and sensitivity he will move the Mosque out of sensitivity to the 9/11 Victims Families. It would show the world that Muslims, even those who have made some controversial statements, are sensitive to non-Muslim’s feelings and will hopefully be a first step toward people understanding one another.

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