August 18, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Gov. David Paterson Exclusive!

New York Governor David Paterson in his

first interview on the controversial plans

for an Islamic Community Center

and mosque near Ground Zero!

The debate heats up with Russell Simmons,

Rep. Peter King, Rep. Keith Ellison and others!


Filed under: Ground Zero • Larry King Live

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Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 7:08 pm ET

It should be self-evident that those who oppose the CORDOBA CENTER being built are insecure and extremely ignorant of history, religion, and the roots attached to their ancestors. I suggest anyone opposing its construction get a DNA profile on themselves and go back to school and learn that your nebulous assertions have clarity between the pages of history..that is considerably recent, as well as, ancient.

Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

Where should the U.S. allow the memorial to be built for ALL the deaths attributed to the U.N. brokered DEAL on U.S./New York soil that was core and catalyst to events stemming from May 15, 1948? The date of the declaration of the Zionist State of Israel is as infamous as December 7, 1941 is to all citizen's of the United States of America.

Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 7:15 pm ET

Finally, our U.S. Armed Forces combat troops are beginning to head home from Iraq. Please honor their service and dedication and never hold them accountable for that war, because they NEVER start wars, "politicians start wars".- Gen. William Childs Westmoreland. Thank your president tonight for being brave for ignoring the RIGHT-WING greed and ignorance that placed us there...and tell former President G.W. Bush all the blinded, limbless, and orphans of Iraq said "thank you for the chocolate"...thank you Taka for that sentiment...

Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 7:33 pm ET

Where should the memorial be built for the U.S. Armed Forces, its NATO Allies, and 1,500,000 Iraqi casualties of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld terror attack during Operation Iraqi Freedom? Freedom at the end of a hot round passing through flesh is hardly considered free..Over 1000 World Trade Centers could be built for the cost of tempered epigams chanted in the White House for the eight years preceeding January 2008..For 7 1/2 years nothing foreign to the Iraqi people seemed human and we can only hope our current president can begin the course to anneal their suffering and make an appeal for their forgiveness...

Smith in Oregon   August 18th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

The proposed building would simply be a COMMUNITY CENTER which includes a prayer room and could be used for Muslims as well as visitors.

This old run-down building is not some 'Mosque' with Minarets and Domes which the Faux news network has been spewing out to divide, confuse and mislead the America people.

This old run-down building is more than TWO CITY BLOCKs from the Twin Towers site. Next to a Strip-Bar and a Burger King. Are the Faux news network thinking the Strip-Bar is also on 'sacred ground'? Of course not, they don't want you to know it is simply a community center located in a old-building next to a Strip-Bar and a Burger King.

Faux News Media is OK with the Dakota Roadhouse Bar next door to the run-down building being considered for the Community Center which is planned to include a Prayer Room, but not OK for a Community Center in New York City?

Smith in Oregon   August 18th, 2010 8:11 pm ET

The last US Combat convoy's and combat troops are leaving Iraq as President Obama promised to wind down Iraqi War 2 after many years.

Just in time for Israel to bomb the civilian nuclear power reactor before the Russian scientists and Russian engineers begin loading in the reactor fuel rods beginning this (weekend) Saturday. Israel and all the nations around the world know that bombing the civilian nuclear reactor after the nuclear fuel rods are loaded would engulf that entire region in radioactive fallout which would bring extremely harsh condemnation and penalty's by the Arabic neighbors of Israel.

It seems America just can't even catch their breath regarding the US Military complex. Much less a break. While I doubt WW3 is going to begin this weekend, very few Americans realize Israel and America bombing a civilian Russian built Nuclear Reactor in Iran would join both Russia and China solidly against America. Israel appears to not care how many American lives would be lost, but American's living on Main Street, USA should.

I'm fairly certain Iran upping the stakes (partnered with China, N. Korea, Russia) is going to force Israel to back down and not attack that civilian Russian built nuclear power reactor. Iran is fully within their legal rights and operating under International Laws to have and use Nuclear Reactors for civilian use after Iran signed the Non Proliferation Treaty, NPT some years ago.

Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 8:23 pm ET

Those who attempt to extort the freedoms from others ingrained in the bowels of our U.S Constitution, through their wretched biases, assume they have been adorned and blessed with an innate ability of righteous and accurate first impressions...caj.. August 18th, 2010..

Joe G. (Illinois)   August 18th, 2010 8:46 pm ET

The name of the game is "Equality" not anymore "Right or wrong."

And it will get much worst and dirtier. But Jesus Christ will soon come and get rid of "Equality" on earth" and restore eternal life to those willing to obey him out of love, respect, appreciation and so forth.
Thank you and have a good day.

Jim Procyk   August 18th, 2010 8:51 pm ET

While listening to a radio talk show this evening, there was a discussion with a Greek Orthodox priest or bishop that said their church was demolished when the twin towers fell. This was right next to the twin towers,not two blocks away, yet it is my understanding from this radio interview that the Greek Orthodox hierarchy has been unable to get permission to rebuild their church at this site.

Larry – Please ask Governor Patterson about any background information on this item.
Jim Procyk

Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

Jim Procyk..

You couldn't be more wrong.. Construction barriers were erected to prevent injury to the curious onlookers and another immediate project in that area would compromise the safety of those who will someday rebuild that church. Perhaps, they will have unhampered access to do so within two years...Take my comment as fact, I too watched the program you did...caj

Dodie   August 18th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

Freedom of religion is located in our Constitution in the first amendment within the first section of the Bill of Rights". which states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Thomas Jefferson stated in 1779 under the statute for religious freedom:
"No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, "restrained", molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities."

My question is simply, why is this even an issue? Our Constitution clearly states that people have a right to practice any religion of their desire. Please remember that the desired site for this Mosque is NOT on "Ground Zero"

The real issue at hand is the continued dichotomy of our country. One way of enforcing the division of the US is by global conceptual grouping and targeting people such as those with the Muslim faith. Again, this serves as a means to misdirect the American people through rhetoric and propaganda.

Finally, the best way for this country to empower the Taliban, Al Qaeda and other militants is by showing the world we are NOT a nation that encompasses freedom of religion, but one based in bigotry and fear......

Dodie   August 18th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Governor David Patterson is incorrect. Not allowing a Mosque to be built on the desired site sends a clear message to the world that we are really a country without freedoms.....

Please remember Governor Paterson, Muslims also died in 9/11.

Sophia Omar   August 18th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

I was watching a CNN program last night about the mosque being built, and even though I am Canadian I was extremely upset with how the Americans are behaving towards this act. The priest they had interviewed who said the Islamic religion was bad and how they should follow the path of Jesus Christ was horrific. He should first learn the facts of the religion. We do believe in Jesus, but he is not as a "god" he is a prophet, because Jesus was a human being after all. They don't understand that we are good people and they are not giving us a chance to prove to them who we really are. Is it because they are scared to realize that this religion is now the number one in the world? Or do they dislike us because the way we dress? We cover ourselves to protect our bodies, we pray to one god, we give charity. I have taken several world religion classes and I make sure I LEARN the religion before I give my opinion on it. Its not right and it's not fair. I thought the US was "the land of the free".

carol voigt   August 18th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

I think the President is not thinking of how this is going to reopen the wounds and I am really disappointed in him oking this. I Am againist this and think the mosque must be built elsewhere.

Anne   August 18th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Larry raised a very interesting point here"emotional " aspects. However, how about the emotional aspect of the people who belong to the Islam faith? Did Islam attack the Twin towers OR few terrorists who planned this attrocious attack..What need to be done is that, Americans need to separate ISLAM and TERRORISM...Larry no body can pressure the Developers not to build while they have the right to do so. Unless if they decide not to build as a NOBLE act to honor the president who is put under scrutiny..I have many friend and acquintances who are peace loving Muslims.

Scott Stodden   August 18th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

I Respect The Freedom Of Religion For Everyone Here In The United States And Around The World But Iam Against The Building Of The Muslim Mosque To Be Built Two Blocks From Ground Zero! There Is No Reason A Muslim Mosque Needs To Be Built On Sacred Ground Where Thousands Of Innocent Americans Died Back On 9/11 Due To The Islamic Terroists And There Is No Reason Why This Mosque Can't Be Built Somewhere Else In New York, Nobody Is Against The Mosque Being Built But Why Two Blocks From Ground Zero? This Is A Slap In The Face For The President And Mayor Bloomberg To Be In Support Of This, What About The People Who Died, What About The Friends And Families Of The Loved Ones Who Died?

Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

Ben   August 18th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Larry, when will people realise that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is not against Islam so why are we fighting it here in the US?

Rick Elder   August 18th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

I know! NO christian churches anywhere in Oklahoma City...Timothy McViegh was a christian. NO japanese owned businesses or churches with-in 5 miles of Pearl Harbor. NO white owned churches of any type with-in 5 miles of Wounded Knee. NO mexican owned churches or businesses with-in 5 miles of the Alamo.

The Constitution covers long as it's done legally they have the same rights as anyone to build where they want...we don't have to like it.

James Johnson   August 18th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Governor Patterson is showing moral cowardice on this issue. His stance is nothing more than pandering to the right wing. How shameful.

Robert   August 18th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

The first attempt top have the building in question designated a landmark, failed, as there was obviously no justification for such a designation. However, subsequent events have given credence for such landmark designation – the building is in the center of a question of "constitutional crisis" proportion, and is now of historical significance, in its own right. Thus, would not re-application for landmark status now, not have a reasonable chance of succeeding, effectively terminating the building of a mosque on the site?

nancy harris   August 18th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Pope Paul John intervened when a respected order of Carmelite nuns were going to build a convent next to Aushwitz. It was NOT about Catholicism , but about sesitivity.
This is NOT about Islam--but about histotical memories,pain,loss and courage.
Emulate Pope Paul Jhon the second.

stephanie   August 18th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Yes, our nation is founded upon freedom of religion, and no religion should be oppressed or discriminated against...

HOWEVER, we as a people have to take our heads for one second out of the legality of this issue and look at the reality: 3,000 people were murdered on September 11, 2001 because of islamic extremists. If the developers of the islamic center wish to build a mosque, sure, go ahead and do that. BUT, in my opinion it is extremely insensitive to do it a mere two blocks from Ground Zero. I'm sorry people, but this is reality. Followers of Islam were the ones who caused extreme distruction and chaos that day which still impacts many Americans in New York and all across the United States. It is not a good idea and I find it extremely insensitive that the developers would want to put it there. In addition, they know this, and I feel that they are trying to pull the "constitution card" when really they themselves know it is not right. I am a liberal democrat and not a crazy right wing lunatic, but I know in my heart when something is wrong, or when something is sketchy. Especially when we don't even know where all of these funds are coming from. The developers preach their anti-terrorist feelings, but who knows what kind of fundamentalist muslims are actually funding this center?

Sam Ormes   August 18th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

So many opinions re the NYC mosque...and all missing the point !
Thia mosque should NOT be allowed at that location because it would
become the target of every right-wing nut in America. Nobody would be
safe for miles around. On those grounds alone, the project should be a SAFETY HAZARD !

Gretchen   August 18th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

I saw a report on CNN the other day,showing a porn shop and a pizza place right at the area where they want to build the mosque,so why don't people protest these shops.CNN pointed out this mosque would not be at the sight of the 911 attacks.I think ,live and let live don't criminalize all muslims for what a few did.It would be like criminalizing all white christians for what timothy McVeigh did to the federal building and nursery in oklahoma

tim irish   August 18th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

my rule to making decisions is if it makes sense and doesnt hurt people physically or emotionally then do it. building a religious shrine or community center so close to the site where so many lost thier lives at the hands of religious idiots doesnt make sense. would the people of the world allow a nazi center by austwitz or a branch dividian church in waco tx? no no no. Its not intolerance or prejudice that stops such things from being built its common sense

Bill   August 18th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Larry, Something that is forgotten in the discusion about the Mosque is that cities often do not approve of a christian church in a specific location. People in government leadership keep talking that it is the right of the people who own the land to build what ever they want where they want, well that is not true. In other words there is ongoing discrimination against churches and probalby mosques.

mike   August 18th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

stop announcing our troop departure about the 4th stricker burgaid leaving via kawait tonight. your just leting the enemy know where to kill our troops. if any of our troops are killed over the next 4 days especially the 4th stricker burgaid leaving into kawait I will blame cnn for leting them know (the enemy) where & when we are leaving. you should not air this until our troops are safely out of irack.

Concerned Veterain 8/18/2010

karim Charci   August 18th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Muslims have nothing to do with 911 and its obvious by now . Twin towers came down by explosive that were planted inside the buildings .
Al-Qaida is the buggy man and its made up !

Carrie   August 18th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I agree with Governor Paterson we need to start talking and stop fighting they have the right its privet property.

Amedeo Beddia   August 18th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Hello, I'm commenting from Montreal, and I really think that this whole saga of building a mosque or not, should be taken under the control of the President (Obama) himself. He should definitely step up to the plate, and put in legislation which prohibits the Introduction of any changes to the status quo of any bulding or monument erection which will cause a riff between Americans. Since the introduction of this idea of building a mosque is already causing a major riff between Americans, it should be absolutely declared illegal by the president, and that would be the end of the story. Of course any argument against it, in itself would be causing it to become illegal because of there being an argument which is also causing a major riff.
Good luck, Mr. Obama, but please , yes, take charge of the situation.

A. Beddia, Montreal.

Jim Procyk   August 18th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Caj.... Thanks for the info and further explanation, which appears to make sense. Hopefuly Guv Patterson will be able to work out an arrangement with the Imam that would satisfy the radical right wing that want to ignore the Constitution for political purposes. Would a site 4 or 5 blocks away from ground zero be acceptable, or does it have to be a mile or two miles away. This has become an issue strictly for political purposes only.
Jim Procyk

Smith in Oregon   August 18th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

If McCain-Palin were in office, America would now have mile long 'soup lines' and mandatory military service (the draft). Republican Potty'titicans have No Idea and No Plans to help America's economy, just spewing non-issues like a Community Center some 3 blocks from ground zero with a prayer room as a 'Mosque' and Hispanic infants as 'terror babys'. That is some platform to run on!

Hattie   August 18th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

We are NOT asking them not to build a mosque, they have every religious right to do so. We are only asking them not to build by ground zero where other Islams killed over 3,000 people. Mr. Simmons says there is a Holocaust museum there so what would be the difference. The difference is that the Jewish people did not blow up the towers.

Gretchen   August 18th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Dr.Laura can ride out on the same broom she road in on,I hope that answers your question Larry.

patti   August 18th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

The mere idea of this mosque has people all over the country upset. This country has become far too liberal and we let everybody who wants to live in the land of the free, come across our shores and make a life for themselves. We offer them all kinds of incentives to stay here and become US citizens, while we watch folks who have deep roots here struggle and lose their jobs, their homes, their dignity... Those same people move into areas where they know they are unwelcome. These are the very same people who make waves in their communities and yell and scream until their voices are heard to make a change. When will the taxpayers of this country stop letting these people take over and make changes to our lives and to the society? We have allowed ourselves to be led around by the short hairs without making any noise of our own. We permit the continuation of this "anything goes" society as though the beliefs, morals and ethics we were brought up with don't mean a damn thing! The TRUE American people are becoming more and more scarce...c'mon people, stand up and be heard!

Sharon   August 18th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

The mosque is an evolved offering for future peace between Muslims and Christian Americans, a beautiful concept. Those who hate Americans will, but those who don't should be welcomed as spiritual friends.

Carrie   August 18th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

@Amedeo Beddia it's not president Obama problem it's NY Problem,

Pamela Baum   August 18th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I'm patiently watching your show Larry & getting more incensed by the minute. I've lived now in the Middle East for the better part of 15 years. The last 5 years I have spent in Saudi Arabia. Please have your guests explain the rational of building a mosque at ground zero, given it is a sheer slap in the face to victims and families alike. Not ONCE in 5 years have I EVER been able to practice MY religion in Saudi Arabia. Not a Christmas allowed if you are not on a compound, not a cross can be worn in public view, never has anyone outside the muslim religion had ANY freedom to practice their beliefs. Yet the Americans are supposed to bow down to religious freedoms? I'm sorry this is not right. I am Canadian but so feel for these victims of 9/11. Build a mosque, just not at ground zero.

Gito   August 19th, 2010 2:02 am ET

Yes we are supposed to bow down to religious freedoms...the key word is FREEDOM, this isn't Saudi Arabia so it makes no sense to use their laws as some tpe of warped justification to violate the rights of these people. The victims of 9/11 were victims of Al Queda not the Muslim community. The mosque is not going to be built at Ground Zero. Do some research before posting.

Candace   August 18th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Talking about tolerance, well why is it that when people that call them selves Christians bomb aborstion clinic, everyone says Oh, those Christians there so radical. Well we Christians are prayerful people not haters, not people that take thing into are own hands, but those few that act out do radical things that are Not what the true Christian believe. Why is it we never hear people say well it isn't all Christians, no they say Those Christians are so radical. So I am getting tired of the oh lets be tolerant of these Muslums, Please,,,,,,,, These Country was founded on Christian pincipals. Yes we should have tolerance for different religions , but WHEN we people understand tolerance for Christians, hello

Troop Emonds   August 18th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Grant building permit for free, but contingent upon the idea that this really is an effort to heal and bridge understanding between the West and Islam.

A decent requirement for the permit be a brick for brick duplicate mosque several hundred steps away from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Each of the two monuments be the same distance....same azimuth and distance from ground zero,....... same direction and distance, from the big square stone at theMecca, Mosque.

Both have wording over the entrance of each monument saying:
This is a monument to the people who incurred the 911 attack in New York City. The Jihadists responsible for the 911 attack are a digrace to Islam. They are the true enemies of Allah. The extremists have caused great harm and misunderstanding of Islam. These two in N.Y. in Mecca stand as monuments to the true spirit of Islam to the West as a reminder that tolerance and understanding is needed from each religion to all the other ways to honor God and allow the brotherhood of man to co-exist in peace and in friendship

troop emonds

Kamal rahman   August 18th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Neut Gingrich has forgotten that Iraq war was the result of extremists from Christian right's effort to destroy Iraq, a Muslim nation. Muslims do not hate America but those who lied to kill hundreds of people in Iraq. Islamic center is the right of the people and Republicans should not play politics with this.

Smith in Oregon   August 18th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Does NEWT demand Churches in the community's where Christian bombers blew up abortion clinics be shut-down, disbanded, prohibited and outlawed?

OF COURSE NOT. Newt is typical of the Republican hypocrisy they spew routinely to any news agency which doesn't do due diligence in looking up the information before playing that Republican fiction as facts.

Is Murdock's Fox entertainment network bashing The US Pentagon for their Muslim prayer room mere feet away from the 9/11 memorial inside the Pentagon? Of course not.

A.Y. Grant   August 18th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Allowing this mosque to be built on the ground zero site is akin to a judge allowing a MURDERER in a court of law to sneer, smirk, thumb his nose and laugh at the victims' families for generations to come.

Deborah Matthews   August 18th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Why are we even discussing a mosque at ground zero?? By even discussing we are giving terrorists attention they certainly do not deserve. Next we will be asked to open our hearts and fly a Japanese flag over the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Let the Muslims worship where and what they please but let the victims of 9/11 rest with all the dignity we can possibly impart! Come on Americans, we are still allowed to draw a line in the sand, right?

Betty J. Rosness   August 18th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Mr. Simmons and so many other speakers on the Mosque issue miss the point. The Koran (the Muslim Bible) commands them to "kill the infidel." That is you and me... The fact that some don't practise this command does not make it irrelevant. They believe that Allah will reward those who obey this command.

I believe our security demands that we take this command seriously... I would never mistreat the muslims who are peaceful, but I believe that they believe in their religion and at any time could act upon it.

Building a mosque just 2 blocks from the twin towers is the most insensitive and stupid plan yet! Some of them are already laughing at our naivety...

Ted   August 18th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Hitler persecuted the "Jews", is America now ready to persecute the "Muslims". What's the difference?

Julie Burt   August 18th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I feel that a big part of the problem is that Americans are not educated on the Islamic religion. We only know Islamic=terrorism which is not true. I think that this ignorance breeds fear. I would like to learn about the religion so that I may understand and not be afraid. I believe that the Islamic Center should be built and we should welcome it with the tolerance that this country was founded on.

Thank you!

Julie Burt
Weymouth, Massachusetts

B. Evans   August 18th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

It might have been a select group of terrorists that attacked the World Trade Center, but there were many non terrorist Muslims dancing and cheering in the streets after the attack.

A.Y. Grant   August 18th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Tonight a news comment was made that there already is a mosque within two blocks of ground zero. if this is true, WHY is a second one necessary? Are that many muslims in at area?

r.l. akins   August 18th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

What if the KKK built a musuem or office building within 500 feet of where MLK was murdered on the hotel balcony in Memphis. You think that would have flown back then? What about today?

There are some folks in this country that need to look beyond so-called "rights" and use common sense. This country has ground zero leadership.

angel   August 18th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Larry you and your guest have it all wrong!! It's not about where but who.
Why is no one asking questions of the Iman? He is a radical with radical views, he's not condemd Hesbola or AIkada sides with the taliban.
Has said that the us created Bin Ladin, and is to blame for the 911 attacks wants american courts to impose islamic law!! Why have YOU and the rest of the media not asked these questions of him? It's in his book, not hard to find. Very sad that you are not more informed!!

N. Bullard   August 18th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

I wonder if among the 9/11 victims families there are people who are NOT opposed to this mosque. Rational, Just and spiritually grounded people. I think this "Brawl" is a reflection of the ignorance, prejudice,intolerance and hypocrisy of those Americans who would step over a starving child to spit on any targeted group.

Gretchen   August 18th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

It seems like the big argument about the mosque is political.It goes back to the 2008 campoaign,when people were calling now president obama a muslim.This is the same right wing bull,that brought so much fear and hate ,trying to prevent him from becoming president.This kind of race and religion baiting is dangerous.That's what's going on in arizona with the illegal immigrants,this is distacting from real important issues that plague america now.Someone has to have stopping sense,It's becoming so negative in this land.I think it is all due to the need to paint the first african amercan president in some awful light,I mean the disrespect of the first lady's trip to spain,the constant asking of the question did the president over step,come on people let's cut to the chase ,all of this is race and religion baiting and it always leads to destruction.

Rebecca PGV   August 18th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

While Russel Simmons is highly respected in the fashion industry, I am not quite certain why his opinion regarding the mosque at ground zero is noteworthy. As an American, all of us treasure our freedom of religion and speech. A mosque at ground zero is simply in poor taste. Most other countries in the world would laugh at this idea being considered. In France, they don't allow women to express their faith by wearing burkas?! No one is opposed to Muslims expressing their faith, perhaps just not at a landmark of great American tragedy.

Angela Savage Austin   August 18th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

This Land Is Our Land....This Land Is Your Land...I use to sing that as a child and though the words are uplifting....I would always cry because I wanted those words to be more than words. Man has been at War with himself far too long. Today is the best day to change our worship of money, corruption, greed, prejudice and hatred. These things have us in bondage and held hostage to fear. When will mankind grow up and put away childish things such as the above. Excuse me children have more compassion for each other than we do. The Spirit of Love for each other will be our only recourse. Its almost as though there are powers and people who only purpose is to cause confusion and division. Let The People Build A Mosque....a doorway to healing.

david   August 18th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

i think this topic is sickening to the human mind.

Soldiers Mom   August 18th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

We are a military family and have had many family members who have serve this great county. We are very happy that the media says that "all" the troops are coming home from Iraq. Praise God for that! However, not all are coming home. Our son is among the 50,000 troops that will be staying in Iraq to train the Iraq Army and for support. Let's not forget the soldiers that are still in Iraq. They need our love, support and prayers. Thank you, a Soldiers Mom

Dodie   August 18th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

@ Congressman Keith Ellison

Thank you for your clarity of sight. Absolutely, that is the real core issue. We empower radical Islam by not allowing the Mosque to be built. I call it... America shooting ourselves in the foot!!! Thank goodness we have a president that also has clarity of thought!

Julie Daly   August 18th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Rep. Ellison says he supports the constitution and 'their" right to build the mosque. Does he also support the right of citizens to protest the building of this mosque??

Iram   August 18th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I was born and raised here and I never hurt anyone, I am a Muslim and I was always taught to love everyone. I believe in and love Jesus. I did not attack anyone on 9/11. I am so hurt that so many ppl want to put me and my fellow Muslims in the same category as al qaeda, I am a nurse and I have spent the last 13 years providing the most dedicated and compassionate care to my patients, Why are ppl not seeing that I am an American! We Muslims were attacked and died on 9/11, we were 1st responders, and we saved lives on 9/11. Does'nt that even matter? I have friends that are Jewish, Christian, Hindu, atheists, agnostic, black, white, and I feel so unwelcomed in my own country. I feel like I have no place. Everyday I give my heart and soul to my fellow Americans, and now 70% want me out of my country. 70% consider me a part of al qaeda, 70% think I'm an enemy. What did the 7 million peace loving Muslims ever do to deserve such hatred and anger? Today I can only say this, go ahead and hate me but I will never hate you back. Go ahead and disown me, but I will not disown you no matter what. Go ahead and reject me, but I have no other country, and there is no place like home. I feel like a baby that's been rejected by her mother, America is my mother, my home, my soul..but 70% have broken my heart.

Larry Rogers   August 18th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

As a Canadaina, I oppose the mosque being built. It is strange that they want their rights in America. In Dubi a Muslim country forbids any Christian Church to have any cross mounted or displayed on their churches. Strange that what I hear all those in favour forget the intolerance they have for Christians around the world. I don,t support any relgion that uses violance , as example beheading two young people for sexual activity. What we must do is defend the world against the evils of such treatments of tohers while they cry wolf when we strike back ...An old can,t have your cake and eat it to. The president of Iran continually lashes out at America, the Jewish state. Lets look at the global picture. You will recieve respect when you give respect. God Bless America and may the true values that were imbedded in your consitution not be used by those in wolves clothing..

Smith in Oregon   August 18th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Republican's 'Apartheid Arizona State Immigration' Unconstitutional
Republican's deportation of Hispanic 'terror babys' Unconstitutional
now Republican's 'Ban on Muslim places of worship in NYC' also Unconstitutional.

It appears the Republican platform is to rewrite the US Constitution which is a next to a impossible task requiring a super majority and many years of effort. By then all of these Archie Bunkers leading the Republican Potty would be long gone! Knock yourselves out

Republican leaders, if that is your platform and empty message of hope for America's weak economy then the voters will continue sweeping you out of public service.

Todd Hammond   August 18th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Why don't we just let Japanese Americans open up a floating welcome center next to the USS Arizona. What an insult!

Richard Fletcher   August 18th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

If we were talking about baptist, catholic, methodist, etc. extreemist who ran a plane in the towers then we would be all for the church. To show our emotion of forgiveness. The muslims that will be at the mosque are not the ones who flew the plane so allow them to have there worship center and America lets forgive!

M Alam   August 18th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Lot of American muslim children lost their father or mother in 911 attack too. Why can't they have the rights to pray for their parents from a mosque nearest to the world trade center like any other children who lost their parents but not muslim?

Joan   August 18th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

I was very impressed with both Gov. Paterson and Russell Simmons. I especially liked Russell's response when asked about Dr. Laura's remarks. This is a much more important issue and both guests were remarkably articulate. They made so much sense. This is a show that contributes to knowledge. A great show!!

jamal   August 18th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

what is wrong with American people? are we at war with American muslims or OSAMA??? Land of freedom ahahaha!! i will see where this ignorance takes us...

Troy Baudoin   August 18th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Representative Peter King failed to consider the attach on Native Americans when settlers came to America in search of religious freedom. I wonder why.

Viv S   August 18th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

I agree with Russell Simmons, Al Quada were the terrorists who brought down the towers and not the religion of Islam, so why punish Muslims for the actions of few terrorists. Al Quada are perversion of the Islamic faith. They do not represent all Muslims. So If the KKK, brought down the towers would we ask Catholics to stop building a church near ground zero? No because the KKK is a perversion of the catholic religion and dont represent all catholics. This mosque has a right to be built, just as any church or sinagoge. Please remember Al Quada brought down the towers. Why punish all Muslims for the actions a few?

Dodie   August 18th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

How is building a Mosque disrespecting the 9/11 victims when some of those were Muslims?

Henry in Maryland   August 18th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Larry: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ask the opponents of the Islamic Center to point on a map of Lower Manhatten exactly where they would support the center being built. I will bet you a dinner that Newt, Sarah, and the Atlas Shrugs lady will oppose the center no matter where it is built in NYC. The claim that the building in question was hit by a piece of the plane is a nice excuse. Make them put up and publically pledge where they would support this center.

Maryanne   August 18th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Al queda has won. Since 9/11, the American economy has been disemboweled by an overwhelming cost of war, we have lost our esteem around the world due to misguided leadership for 8 years, and now we have lost our moral values which have made this country a symbol of freedom with the demonization of all Muslims. I am deeply saddened.

Judy M.   August 18th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

I don't understand why the MEDIA is not pointing out the differences in beliefs between the EXTREMISTS who attacked the WTC, and average Muslims who practice the religion known as Islam. There is a huge difference, and if everyone understood it, most of the controversy would go away!

Gail   August 18th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Muslim religion believes in fulfilling the Koran; the Koran teaches Sharia law which contains barbaric practices such as cutting off hands of a thief and stoning to death adulterers to name a some. The ultimate belief of Muslims is to seek death for all the infidels(non-Muslims). How can other religions live in peace with that?

rajiv nigam   August 18th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Church today has millions of dollars to build churches anywherre in the world. Let's talk about religious freedom of muslims in america once islamic countries can show an iota of tolerance towards other religions. Islam is all about tolerance when they are in minority but once they ramp up numbers, out comes the sword.

Bobby Almazan   August 18th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

This is a question of sensitivy over right. I agree that the Muslin community has a right to build a place of worship just like any other religion. However if they are true to their belief that we are all brothers regardless of our religion, then they should be sensitive to the feelings of the people that had suffered as result of the 9/11. Building it on another location does not diminish their religion.

Sarah H.   August 18th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

As a muslim, I agree 100% with Governor Paterson, and this is why. My religion call us to be merciful so why doesn't the imam show mercy to the families of the victims of September 11th? In my opinion, if this issue is insensitive to just one of the family members, then that should be enough for the mosque not be built and moved somewhere else. I believe our gift of mercy will promote tolerance. Yes, we as muslim americans have a right but the cultural center I am afraid will not promote tolerance and will further make xenophobes more defiant. I love my country and the last thing I want is for it to be divided.

Jason   August 18th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I am 17 years old and I am astonished that we as Americans are even arguing over this subject. What ever happened to the constitution and freedom of religion. Plus, government had something to do with 9/11. The facts are there, but yet people are too dumb to tell the government to re-open the investigation, and to this day we keep funding a war that is a load of crap. I am a proud American and I think the war is pointless and getting Americans killed. Lets shift the the argument from a Muslim center to what really happened on 9/11. Sheesh American's are moving in the wrong direction

Elaine   August 18th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Larry: We will surely miss you, especially how you move to highlight meaningful issues!
Now I am not American and I am astonished as to how politicized the issue issue on the Ground Zero mosque building is when the real issue that so many are missing is the true impact on the people who it really affects. It is not about legal but it is simply insensitive to real people who have lost loved ones including Muslims. It should be held as a sacred site where can all go to mourn the lost of loved ones. Consitution rights are not the issue because the international communities also lost loved ones – visiting, working on 911! Right without having a heart is meaningless and insensitive to your fellow Americans who will always be mourning the lost of loved ones, along with people all around the world who also have been affected, lost loved ones or knows someone who did – death, lost is real and buildings can be erected anywhere and after watching earthquakes, etc. around the world- is it worth it to destroy peoples; last shred of memories over a building and rights. Real people are hurting, some bodies may still very well be under the rubbles and you just simply want to cement them over is like encasing victims families memories and right to grieve and support each other meaningfully every year. Americans would not be politically correct but seen as the most insensitive people in the world if you treat each other so insensitively let alone other people around the world. Real people are hurting – lost mothers, fathers, husbands , children, friends, coworkers even volunteers from around the world. I find it offensive that everything is political and economical because Islam is religion and peacekeeping, as is Christianity, Judaism and others which treat people as human-with love and kindness: build a general memoratorium that is non-religious for peacesake and all peoples rights would therefore be tolerated and respected-sensitivity must surpass politics and stop putting the President and other politicians as scapegoats. The Muslim parties invoolved should take responsibility- even Muslims were victims of 911 and would not want more pain inflicted on loved ones regardless of their backgrounds or particulaR BELIEFS – BE KIND ONE TO ANOTHER!

jamal   August 18th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Let's not compare hilter to muslim. As a mulim american and a soldier, I can tell that radicals do not reprenst Islam. We ( american muslims) deserve a place to workship like any christian. Look around america and tell me how many churchs are. When was last you saw a big Mosque, we always use small house to pray. I am soldier and a veteran of iraq war, and I am laso schedule to go to Aghanistan to fight and eliminate terrosist, so do not put all muslim in the same pot.

Aaron in FL   August 18th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

So did only Christian American's die in the 9/11 tragedies? As Russel Simmons just mentioned there are other types of community centers around "ground zero". If I remember correctly its a constitutional right to practice religions of our choosing. It's more than a mosque, its a community center with a mosque within it. If a grieving Christian mother can go to a nearby church to mourn the loss of a loved one, a Muslim woman should be able to do the same thing. It's too bad that this conversation isn't about how this center can enrich the local community. The mosque isn't the only element of the new building. Terrorist attacked our country, EXTREMISTS of the Muslim religion. Now if the people around, within, and behind the mosque agenda are linked to being EXTREMISTS and promoting this type of Muslim religion then maybe there should be some discourse about the usage and purpose of the mosque.

Janice   August 18th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I am a 51 yr old white catholic female and I think this country is full of racially motivated haters! This is the United States where supposedly we embrace the differences of others but you can't tell when listening to the people opposing this mosque. As Mr. Simmons said, Muslims DID NOT attack the World Trade Center! It was done by fanatical extremists who have done irreparable harm to decent Muslims throughout the world, not just the US. People seem to not care that some of those killed WERE Muslims. People seem not to care that the people involved in building the center have been living and worshipping in that very neighborhood before the 9-11 attack ever occurred! It amazes me that the people of this country, who call themselves CHRISTIANS, are so intolerant, judgemental and full of hate for their fellow man.

Kory Satter   August 18th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

The people that hijacked those planes and crashed them into the towers weren't Muslims, though they may call themselves so, they weren't. They were nothing but terrorists. Living in the Bible Belt I can fairly make the comparison that calling the hijackers in 9/11 "Muslims" is like many Christians refuting the idea that Catholics are Christians. Al-Qaeda attacked the U.S. and not Islam. If Islam attacked us then I would say "no" but that's not the case. Imam Rauf is a moderate Muslim who is what I heard from the news, an "unofficial U.S. ambassador" to Muslim countries where he "promotes peace". That's the kind of man I would want there. This mosque would be a great way to learn tolerance but I fear that if the mosque is built, then there will be fanatics who will try and take revenge on Muslims who did nothing wrong and attack them. Have we forgotten the Muslim families who died on 9/11? If we do not allow this mosque, once again the U.S. will look bad in the Muslim world. Half the problems that are going on in the Middle East have U.S. or Western origins. Don't forget the shah of Iran, and the rise of Ahmadinejad who witnessed the U.S.-backed shah of Iran. We need to stay out of foreign situations as is suitable. If we did that, the towers would still be standing. And, the mosque debate would not be going on.

Lars   August 18th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Larry, I am really sad about is. I really want to know how many churches of the Christian faith are in the vicinity of the former Murrah building in Ok City ...

Extremists are extreme - Christians have them as well. I believe that the majority of all people in this world are peaceful, be it through Christ, God, Muhammad or Allah ... And other beliefs. This country was founded on religious freedom and, frankly, if we don't allow this because of "intolerance" ... Al Qauda does win. That to me is unacceptable.

Cathy   August 18th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Clarity of thought? You have to be kidding me!!!

Why haven't the muslims involved with this mosque released their financial records?

Yes, this country was founded on freedom of religion...they're not being denied the practice of their religion. Why are they so hell-bent to build the mosque in that particular location?

All those people who are in favor of building this mosque must not have lost a loved one on 9/11.

Margaret vanVliet   August 18th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

The first word that comes to mind is "Sensitivity". or is this a word that does nor exist within the Islamic religion?. This appears to be putting "Salt on an open wound".

when the "Constitution" was written re "Religious freedom" the country was not exposed to "Terrorism" as we know it today.

Not only did it impact the USA but most of the world in terms of "Travel"which in turn has cost possibly Billions to most coutries in terms of travel etc.

President Obama did not endorse the location but simply recited the "Consitution" as written.

Wake up!! Islam and look to a more suitable location that will satisfy not only USA but many other countries. By doing this it gives you the opportunity to show the world that this was not a vindictive decision but perhaps a lack of sensitivty.

Iram   August 18th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

@Gail, you have absolutely false ideas about Islam and you really should provide reliable sources before spewing lies about Islam and Muslims. We are peace loving and compassionate ppl. Over 7 million Muslims live here in America..tell me one who has personally harmed you. Name just one. Now tell us how many of your own faith have hurt you.

Lucy Muller   August 18th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

The moslems may have a right to build and worship in the mosque near Ground Zero, but wouldn't it have been wonderful, if they had been sensitive enough to know, without being told, not to do it there. But they did not.

karim Charci   August 18th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Do you guys really think that 911 was orchestrated by those 17 cavemen from Afghanistan???With what education and technological preference???
Millions of people now know that it was a conspiracy. I as a Muslim think us Muslims are the victims in this whole thing for being blamed for this.

Damn Bush and Dick Cheney!

jamal   August 18th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Let's not compare Hilter to Muslim. As a Muslim American and a soldier, I can tell that radicals do not represent Islam. We (American Muslims) deserve a place to workship like any Christian. Look around America and tell me how many churches are. When was last you saw a big Mosque, we always use small house to pray. I am soldier and a veteran of Iraq war, and I am also schedule to go to Afghanistan to fight and eliminate terrorists, so do not put all Muslim in the same pot.

Irfan Ally   August 18th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Larry – There were a lot of muslims who lost their lives during the attacks on the twin towers. Why is there no sensitivity towards the.

When Timothy McVeigh attacked the Alfred P. Murrah Building did people raised this as a Christian or so called Scientology issue where a church or Scientology center should not be build because of his religious beliefs?

Why is that whe a muslim does something, fingers are pointed at Islam but it doesnt happen when people from other do similar terrorits acts.

When Rajiv Ghandi was assisinated did India stopped building temples because the terrorist was a Hindu?


Maria   August 18th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

The US banned fascism and communism because of the genocide that was allowed by both of these political systems. Surely, not all Germans or Russians participated in it, but enough number of them were silent and did not fight their extremist leaders.
It is time we should stop regarding Islam as as a religion and put it in the category it starts to fall under: political system. America should stop worrying about our international image and start worrying about not seeing the threat coming from muslim nations and the loud silence of muslims in this country regarding mosque at Ground Zero. The world is looking at the history repeating itself. If this mosque will be built on Ground Zero, it will start a new era in the history of mankind, and we do not even recognize it.

Mary   August 18th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

No one has mentioned the moslems dancing in the streets in some moslem communities.

Kory Satter   August 18th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

In order to understand the Qur'an, people need to understand the time Muhammad came from.

John R. Goodson   August 18th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

The Islamic communty should move it's center some where else.
I can not understand that Islamic leaders have been video taped preaching intolerance against other groups of people at these centers. How come Arab countries fund the building of Mosque in America. But if anyone wants to build a christian church in Saudi Araba they would be thrown out. If Moslems convert to christianity in some Arab countries they can be executed.
Why does the ACLU file lawsuites to keep Christianity out of schools and universities, but says nothing when Moslems ask for special considerations in our schools or universities. How does the liberal left justify it.

c a cartwright   August 18th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

In reference to the ground zero mosque it seems that some of the same people that are so adamantly against it being built because of sensitivity are the same ones that don't have a problem with confederate flags being desplayed at and in government buildings in the south. what hypocrites!

Steve - Wichita   August 18th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I believe that when our founding fathers set up the constitunion that when they said "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" they were referring to all the different religions under christianity such as Catholisim, Protestant, Baptist, Methodist, etc. and not religions such as Muslim , Budhism, etc. I don't have issues with those but quit trying to use the constituion to justify what they are wanting to do!!

hasan saleh   August 18th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

how many musliam die in 9/11 and why u dont talk about thoes people??

Sarah H.   August 18th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

As a muslim, I agree 100% with Governor Paterson, and this is why. My religion call us to be merciful (Bism allah al-rahman al-raheem), so why doesn't the imam show mercy to the families of the victims of September 11th? In my opinion, if this issue is insensitive to just one of the family members, then that should be enough for the mosque not be built and moved somewhere else. I believe our gift of mercy will promote tolerance. Yes, we as muslim americans have a right but the cultural center I am afraid will not promote tolerance and will further make xenophobes more defiant. I love my country and the last thing I want is for it to be divided.

mark k   August 18th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

what if the japanese wanted to build a temple near pearl harbor i wonder if obama would be in favor of that

Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

@Joe Procyk..

You are so much more than welcome...take care and are your roots Russian or Czech..a bad check is just

Deb Curry   August 18th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I think the Mosque, more than "can," SHOULD be built there. It would be a statement that the Muslim community had no part in this attack and that they are a part of this community and want to build this community. This Mosque had been a part of the community for many years.
I had just moved from Peekskill New York the year before –many of the children that my children would have gone to school with lost BOTH of their parents on 9-11. I had worked close to the WTC and could have been seriously hurt. Fortunately, none of our close friends died. Muslims did not destroy the World Trade Center, Al Qaeda did. I have many friends: Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist. ALL were horrified and devastated. I repeat: Muslims did not destroy the World Trade Center, Al Qaeda did.

Vic   August 18th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Does anyone know who sold the property to the Muslims where the Mosque is to built?

Steven   August 18th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Organized religion should be banned altogether. Or at least punitively taxed. Religion, after all, is not a group sport; it is a profoundly private, individual phenomenon. No mosque. And lose the churches and synagogues, too.

Glenn   August 18th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Should we also keep the Japanees out of Peral Harbour. No we shouldnt

MtnGrrl   August 18th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Ignore the whole issue! Terrorism is primarily a psychological weapon, so by allowing ourselves to keep our panties in a wad over this issue, we are allowing the terrorists to continue to gain ground. Although I do feel for the families of the 9/11 attack, I have to support the Constitution in this case.

Richard   August 18th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

If this center is built and we all know it will be broadcasted world wide. Those who were or are envolved in the attack on 9-11 will be glorified and hailed as though they were champions. This would be a total slap in the face of ALL "TRUE" AMERICANS.

Jim Fallgatter   August 18th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

I wonder what all of the soldiers that have both faught and those that have died to bring democracy and freedom to Iraq and Afghanistan think or would think about a stance on religious freedom (can't build a mosque) that denies in our own country those very freedoms they faught for??

sedwin   August 18th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Since 90% of the 9-11 bombers were Saudi Arabian and 100% of the funding of the attacks were from Saudi Arabia let's not be hypocritical if we are going to insist on penalizing those responsible then lets shut down the Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II Libraries all of which were built completely with Saudi funds. Stop politisizing the issues and distracting from the real issues that concern America!

susan   August 18th, 2010 9:56 pm ET


We are at war with Muslim terrorist who are regular nice people during the day and terrorist by night-like the time square bomber-this is a security issue.

Frankly, I hate Crosses .They crusified the KIng of the Jews and this is one thing the present day Muslim have in common.They burn crosses in hate-the cross is a weapon of death.

My solution is to have a religious free Zone around a non place of commerce-One shouldn't destroy houses of existing worship but don't allow more.

Jay   August 18th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

We are as American going to a wrong path, opposing of building a Mosque, can you imagine how many countries in Islamic world think America is a Christian country and attacking Muslim countries around the world, we are putting other Christians in a very dangerous spot where Lives and Churches could be destroyed by the action of Tea party and Republican party as they politicizing to will the elections.

At the end no one win expect Al-Quaeda and Usama-bi-Laden

Ken   August 18th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

there's a double standard in america, white people have always looked at everyone else as second class citizens, when the white man crashed the plane into the insurance buildings in texas no one called him a terrorists, just a good ole boy who was fed up! they blaming a religion instead of the nuts that took down the towers, makes me wonder which is worse muslims or christians?! glad i'm not either, but i do think people should be given their rights!! grow up america, don't think it's ever going to happen

Deb   August 18th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

We should not be so concerned with the "rights" of everyone. This is America and the majority are speaking on this topic. Rights or not, it would appear (based on polls, etc.) that the majority of Americans do NOT want the mosque built. That is the answer. Right or wrong according to various interpretations of the Consitution the majority have spoken. Why can't we accept this? The "majority" opinion is based on a broad range of views, opinions and issues. Each of us could defend our reasons. No matter what those perspective are, we are a government of the majority. Let's continue the dialog, but when the majority has spoken then our leaders should....Lead, Follow, or get out of the way. For now, there should be no Mosque on that site.

gg   August 18th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

what rich republican is trying to get his hands on this property and for what

matt   August 18th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I think it is ironic that one of the reasons OBL said that the 9/11 attacks occurred was out of the resentment he and others had for America for building military bases in the proximity of the two holiest places in the Moslem world in Saudi Arabia. It is ironic that we are having a national debate about a very similar situation, with a mosque being built in close proximity to the 9/11 attacks. Maybe we should include the subject of our military bases in close proximity to Islamic holy sites and in the moslem world in general in the discussion about this mosque. I think there is an opportunity for empathy and understanding to emerge.

patti   August 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Just curious...If you are reading this, are you a native born US citizen or did you come here from another country? If you are here from another country, are you a legal US citizen? Do you pay taxes? Do you own a home here? a business? What made you come to the USA?? Can you recite the Declaration of Independence? Do you know the basics of how our country was founded? What kind of opportunity did you think this country held for you before you came here? Like I said...just curious

Smith in Oregon   August 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

The proposed building would simply be a COMMUNITY CENTER which includes a prayer room and could be used for Muslims as well as visitors.

This old run-down building is not some 'Mosque' with Minarets and Domes which the Faux news network has been spewing out to divide, confuse and mislead the America people.

This old run-down building is more than TWO CITY BLOCKs from the Twin Towers site. Next to a Strip-Bar and a Burger King. Are the Faux news network thinking the Strip-Bar is also on 'sacred ground'? Of course not, they don't want you to know it is simply a community center located in a old-building next to a Strip-Bar and a Burger King.

Nur el-Masih Ben Haq   August 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Ground Zero Mosque: Americans, does your First Amendment means FREEDOM even to the most notorious anti-FREEDOM?

Americans, do you mean the learned persons who wrote your FIRST AMENDMENT mean you should give FREEDOM for expansion even to the most obvious and notorious threat to FREEDOM? Are you sure that is what they mean? Why do you allow your atheistic political leaders and other paid Muslims apologists to pretentiously interpret the First Amendment SIMPLISTICALLY instead of INTELLIGENTLY?

Humphrey   August 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

It's just amazing that this has become a big issue. My question is, will it be okay for the Catholic church be allowed to build near Ground Zero? If they are allowed then Muslims can also do the same.

Seyda   August 18th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

as an American Muslim, i am offended by the comments on the TV.

wawasee   August 18th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

yes this is America

Greg Daniel   August 18th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I wish Mr. Simmons were correct but we did not build this country on tolerance, acceptance of societal differences or equal rights. We would like to think this of ourselves but the fact remains that we nearly wiped out Native Americans, allowed slavery until the 19th century, only allowed women to vote in 1920 and it took until 1965 to legislate the removal of the systematic disenfranchisement of African-Americans to vote. Slowly but surely the world is moving toward enlightenment, but we still have a long way to go. I'm afraid the US is behind the rest of the world in this regard. However, I am still reminded of the madrassas in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries. I am reminded of the lack of effort by the Islamic communities in this country to alert law enforcement to intelligence regarding extremism. I am very conscious and incensed over the stoning of people by the Taliban. There is reason for people to be suspicious of Islam but if we are to move forward in our humanity and understanding we must recognize the right of Muslims to build a mosque wherever there are Islamic worshipers in this country.
Thank You,

Monica   August 18th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I am not a muslim, but I would like to know how far away is far enough from Ground Zero to build the mosque. It seems to me that the opposers are adhering to the NIMBY policy, Not In My Back Yard.

Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET


Thank you for announcing it....the entire planet reads these blogs and please use the G. I. and attend the educational center of your choice..I salute you for the service you performed for this country..

Dr. Ana Maria Triliouris   August 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

If we agree that we will not built the Islamic Cultural Center near Ground Zero, we should all agree that no more Catholic Churches should be built near public schools since thousands of children have been abused by Catholic Priests.
If we have religious freedom neither of those statements stand.

Ola Tokunbo   August 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

The KKK claimed to be overwhelmingly Christians, in fact – A lot of them thought they were waging God's crusade when they committed their atrocities against blacks. Should blacks use this as an excuse to go against all white Christians?
Whenever the KKK chose to parade, police are usually dispatched in force to protect their constitutional right to assemble! This is America as I understand it.
I wonder how many of these self righteous politicians that opposes the proposed mosque remember the oath of office that they took? There is only one solution Larry, we need to amend the constitution to limit all their terms in office to just one! Maybe more of them will start being truthful – Since they would have nothing to gain from pitching good citizens against each other in hopes of re-election.
These people have been in office for so long, they think it's their birth right and they would stop at nothing to score against each other – Even if it means ripping apart the very fabric of this great democracy!

Jay   August 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

I was brought up to have some honor even I have a dispute. It is less than honorable to restrict the rights of the builders and patrons of this mosque. I believe that the bigger statement to the world is that we Americans uphold the right to build because we are not afraid and we are proud fighters of freedom.

If we violate our constitution for the few, we violate it for all.

Tim   August 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Politicians making much ado about nothing. Build it, and within six months it will close due to lack of use.

Shaun   August 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

By dening Muslims the right to build this Mosque, shows that Al-Qaeda was right about America. That Americans hate Islam and are against it in every form. Face it, since 9/11 Muslims have been downgraded in all means. If we really deny this right, the right of freedom of religion, then we have truly and utterly lost to the extremist who want us to fall.

Selvin   August 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Larry will you or somebody on you team correct these ignorant politicians that keep saying the mosque is being built 500 ft away from ground 0. It's 2 BLOCKS away, NOT 500 ft.

Donald McGee   August 18th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

If those in favor of building a Mosque at Ground Zero say it's freedom of religion, why have they bannd prayer in schools, graduations, military, Then want the American flag removd from schools, and religious cress's at Christmas time etc.? Anarchy.....Don McGee

Monica   August 18th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

In my opinion, if the construction of this mosque is denied, Al Qaeda wins.

Fabian   August 18th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

It is not a mosque, it is a gym, and prayer center and it can not be seen from ground zero, we have bigger issues in this country to deal with.

Robert   August 18th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

I'm getting so tired of all the political angling surrounding this mosque! What everybody seems to be forgetting is that if you take away the constitutional right they have to build this mosque for any of these emotional reasons that everyone keeps harping on, then you open the door to take away your own!!! The constitution is not negotiable! It belongs to all of us.

rajiv nigam   August 18th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

@iram: Every muslim today anywhere in the world is involved in israel/jew bashing over palestinian issue? Has any israeli jew personally harmed you?

grace   August 18th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Just because one has the right to do something, does not mean that it is right to do so. It certainly is insensitive of this group to choose this site. Once the center opens, I am sure that the group will not have any problem with those opposed to the center's presence exercising their First Amendment rights engaging in protests on the sidewalk in front of the center.

Gary Lobb   August 18th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

The only reason they want the mosque built there is to celebrate their people knocking down those buildings. How stupid do they think we are?
Anyone who is for building a mosque there is not a true American. Including the so called President. Obama should be empeached.

Smith in Oregon   August 18th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Where do Newt and Republican party Christians stand on building Christian Churches in the community near Oklahoma City where the Christian bomber murdered hundreds of civilians?

Where do Newt and Republican party Christians stand on building Christian Churches in the community's near abortion clinics that were bombed by Christian bombers which murdered civilians working in those clinics?

Ok to have those 'Christian Churches' but not a Muslim community center in a old run-down building some 2 blocks away from where the twin towers stood?

Ok to have 'Christian Churches' closer than 2 blocks away from where the twin towers stood, but no Muslim places of worship?

Muslim employees died at their place of work in the Twin Towers and The Pentagon, Muslim employee's for the police, fire and emergency services helped provide aid to the survivors of the 9/11 attacks. Ok to slap them across the face for their help and service?

A.F   August 18th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

The Columbia professor had it 100% right with his last comment. 911 has nothing to do with the Muslim faith. It just so happens that the terrorists of 911 were Muslim EXTREMISTS. When are you certain crazy Americans going to wake up and stop being such racists? Stop letting the media dictate your thoughts, start looking at the facts and make up your own minds!

kemari   August 18th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

This is rediculous because it is not the nation responsible for 911 it is a few extremist responsible. why should the nation be punished and not be able to build. Should churches not be allowed to be built in the south because of the ku klux klan which is khristian routed. or should catholic churches not be built bcuz of the multiple rapings of little boys???? this is a hate thing it has no realistic grounds to stand on and they should build by ground zero!!!!

John Cassels   August 18th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

I am listening to larry now and noticed everybody complaining about "our" attitude toward Islam, How about Islam realizing that the religious freedom they want needs to be allow us our rights to not accept things as they seem. If "peaceful Islam" complained as much about violent Islam as they do about Christianity maybe the world would relax. They will not do this for the same reason DR Laura cannot use the "N" word, the blacks can and it is ok.
The rights of both sides are equal and maybe if Blacks complained about Blacks calling whites "Honkies" etc things would adjust. You will never hear that. You cannot legislate equality, it is EARNED on both sides.

Gemma   August 18th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

In my heart of hearts I do not want an Islamic center built near Ground Zero but as an American I cannot reconcile this with the freedom of religion we hold so dear. The only thing I can think of that would resolve the controversy yet be fair to all religious institutions is NOT to build ANY religious institutions in this area. There would need to be some ruling stating the minimum distance from any part of the footprint's perimeter at which any religious institution could set up shop.

Cajazz76:24:8   August 18th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Troop Emonds

That would be an excellent gesture on behalf of Muslims everywhere and you wrote it with eloquence, but contrition of Muslims is not required for the horrendous acts on behalf of a band of pious thugs. Again, very nicely written and thought out piece..

Steve McCarthy   August 18th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

What I see absent every night on both CNN and Fox with regard to the Mosque issue, are american Muslim Leaders as guests. It is incumbant of the "peaceful" Muslim community leaders to speak to the issue of this particular Imams(?) radical opinions which should run contrary to the rest of the American Muslim community.... Or do they? That is the way to the bottom of the issue, if, in fact, the news stations are interested in getting to the bottom.

gg   August 18th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

america has troops all around the world fighting for freedom, maybe they should bring them all home and start fighting for freedom in the usa

Anne   August 18th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

if we all start to point fingers to religions because the beilevers in these relogions are the alleged offenders, are we going to refuse Catholic to build churches near schools because many of priests will molest our children as they mostly alleged for "molestation"? Secondly, are we all going to protest synagogues to be bulit near our main institutions because MOSAD "Israel Intelligent" officers go around the world and assacinate people..Finally should americans protest biuilding indtituions or they should learn their civics well in the classroom to understand the main differences btn an intelligent president to elect and the world politics. And here I am referring to secong election of George Bush and the Gaffe by Miss teen USA. America has so many other things to worry about, Especially building future leaders because we are educating very thick and slow kids...Some one has to catch up..

Oscar   August 18th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Instead of pandering to 'sensitivity' of some New Yorkers about the building of the Cordoba Center, politicians may wish to educate their constituents. How would the lady on your show today deal with bigots who suggest that an African-American who wants to buy a house in their neighborhood should be helped to buy it somewhere else because they feel their 'sensitivity' to keep their neighborhood all white should be respected?

Garland Douglas   August 18th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

Dear Larry. I like President Obama. I voted for him. I like Mr. Simmons. I love my country. During the immigration protest, it was said, "this is a nation of immigrants". I am a black man, born and raised in America. No one in my immediate family, for four generations, have ever been to Africa. We all are, naturally born, United States citizens. I love the President and first family. But, I do not like or agree with everything the President say or do.
Even though, here, in America, we have the Separation of Church and State, the U. S. Constitution and the bill of rights, where do we draw the line? When do we say, this is where the boundaries lie? Who can we, as U. S. citizens, count on to stand up for what we stand for or what we believe in? Every time visitors come to the United States and find themselves in trouble with the law, they use our own constitution or bill of rights to justify or defend their actions.
How can we know this place is truly being purchased by the righteous Islamic/Muslim community. All it takes is one person, that has ties to the radical Islam community, to enter into this facility, and, because of the Separation of Church and State, no one will go in to investigate. And, after one tramatic event, the entire country will lose it's religious rights.
If we do not know how, where and when to take a stand, then I find it quite ironic to continue to have the Transportation Safety Administration, U. S. Customs and U. S. Border Patrol.
Sincerely, Garland

Andy   August 18th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

If Islam is so peace loving, why is it that we are not hearing from them in public forams on how they denounce terroism in the name of Islam. Why is there not a movement on their part to rid Islam of the extremist within their fold. Why is it that Islamic governments support terroism and openly proclaim the distruction of Chirstian and Jews. Building an Islamic center at the 9/11 site will serve as a symbol that terroisms has been victorious and they will use it to promote the cause of Islamic extremism. Where is the voice of the 7 million muslims in America that shout out against Islamic extremists and those who support it.

A.Y. Grant   August 18th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

As a matter of fact, in Mexico, they too were dancing in the streets when 911 was shown on TV.

Sierra Papa   August 18th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Building a mosque near ground zero is akin to soldiers raising the flag after a battle's victory. Is this case, a crescent is being raised. We ought to investigate if the purchase of this building, which preceded 09/11, was with the intend of building a mosque after 09/11. In other words, was it planned with the knowledge of 09/11 to come. Building the mosque will give Bin Ladin a profit status, and would glorify and justify the death of all what we call terrorists.

Obama, Bloomberg, and others are either way ill informed, or pursuing a poor and an insensitive political agenda. Their thoughts and opinions, for the average Muslim, is a sign that God is blinding America and giving a sign to encourage Muslims to shift Jihad against the American constitution to a higher gear.

When a christian does something wrong, the bible does not support it nor the average Christian, but when a Muslim kill some one under the name of Islam, the Quran supports it along with the average Muslim.

Democracy is the easiest thing to defeat; just go to election and vote it out.

Gerald Jolly   August 18th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Anybody that thinks that there is no ulterior motive by the Muslim community to insist on building a mosque so close to ground zero is living in a dream world.

The piece of land they intend to build on could be expropriated. "IT HAPPENS EVERYDAY" all over America for every reason known to man.

Although I am a supporter of President Obama, on this one I disagree with him 100%.

President Obama has stated that he does not wish to comment on the matter "AT ALL"

He should have taken that stand right from the "GET GO"

Muslims are the world greatest players of the game of deciet and deception, and they now claim that because the "OMAN" is travelling in Egypt, they dont want to discuss the issue.


Osama Bin Laden used the same rehtoric just before he ordered a bunch of suicide muslims to destroy the twin towers.

PLEASE!!! folks dont be fooled, and I include President Obama on that statement.

alam shah   August 18th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

i am a Muslim from Pakistan. being a good Muslim we must relent to the sensitivities of our fellow US citizens. Today the safest and most respectful place for Muslims in the world is USA there is no need to build a mosque at a certain place and stir up the sensitivities of our fellow citizens. The money being spent on this mosque will be more useful if spent on educating Muslim children in Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc. against radical Islam. Poor marooned fellow Muslims in Pakistan could put this money to better use instead of poking a finger in the eye of NYC residents.

This is a prime example where Islam is commonly used as a political tool to divide the mankind instead of a faith that was meant to make us better human beings.

Alam Shah

Adam   August 18th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Should Rosa Parks have moved to the back of the bus because the white people in Montgomery were sensitive to her sitting in a front seat in 1955? Why are Republicans always on the wrong side of equality? If you believe that Muslims are responsible for 9-11, then you are a bigot. There is no question – regardless how you feel about it... Radical religious fundamentalist committed that tragedy. Radicals are not sane people.

Tonia R.   August 18th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

I feel it is insensitive to build a mosque on ground zero. If those who are heading this have no cruel intent, why not back out of it now that it has brought on so much negative attention? This is obviously of great sentiment to so many. It is not in God's will to have such an uproar. Having said that, wouldn't the Godly thing to do is be humble and build somewhere that has less impact on people. Leaders of a house of worship should not be as stubborn or bull-headed as those who are secular.

karen   August 18th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Hi thank you for accepting my email.
My question to you is, have you seen prayer time on fridays, 2-4pm on Madison Avenue??????????
I mean, they literally take over the streets. How can this be legal?
If this is how they respect the laws, just wait until there is more of them.
In a 8+floor mosque/community centre.
I am not a racist, but if this is how they behave now, what happens when they are the majority? shariah law will be here soon in Canada, because our people are too nice to think most muslims see us as patsies. Look up taqiyya. Maybe thats why they are telling one thing, gaining our confidence, only to slay us. After all, if we're not muslim, we are infidels.
Thank you again Mr. King,


ps Congrats on your retirement, you will be missed!

George Preston   August 18th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,
Re. the mosque.
Ms. Molinari said, "this is the greatest tragedy that happened on American
soil. She is not familiar with the Tulsa Oklahoma riot of 1921 in which
whites ran amok and destroyed the'black wall street", Greenwood Avenue.
Thousands were in need of assistance, thousands of homes were destroyed, businesses were destroyed....

i and more people than you may think are getting tired of the relatives of
9/11 victims being made so special. Their losses are as devastating as the loss of loved ones of a person, for example lost to crime or in a car crash. And we are tired of the Molinari's and Ed Rollinses of the world complaining about President Obama being "intellectually right" but out of touch with the sensitivities of the American people. Sorry, but their "sensitivity" --once again--– is in
conflict with the US Constitution. Yeah, I remember your likes Rollins -when I was in the 6th grade. You were one of the kids who harassed kids like me for "being so smart." You're still treating the American people like 6th graders.

Oscar   August 18th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

If Muslims really interpreted the Sharia -only a small part of which is in the Quran – literally,almost everyone in Muslim countries would be walking with no hands. The simple fact is that everyone steals at some point in their life. Bigotry, begone.

Seth Mitchell   August 18th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

all i want to know is : was there a mosque there before 9-11? and if so fine, rebuild, if not, than the hell with you! I am a veteran of the Iraq War(2003), and we did not build Christian Churches in the bombed out ruins of Iraq!!

victor   August 18th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

u dummies voted for bush and obama

Judy M.   August 18th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

EXTREMISTS carried out the WTC destruction. They are NOT true Muslims. They distort the Islam religion. They make up their own interpretation of the Koran, as I understand it. Muslims, please tell us what the differences are.

Why should Muslims as a whole be discriminated against, because of the actions of a few oddballs?

Jo   August 18th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

This is the hate Fox Noise and the Republican Party started. God forbid they tell the truth about this mosque that it is a recreational center,it is a culinary school with a prayer room,and it is two blocks away from ground zero. Last week it was the Mexicans this week it is the muslims, who is next. They are the hate party. Lets face it.

hina a.   August 18th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Great job russell simmons. I loved your views on the Larry king live about the ground zero islamic center. We need more tolerant people like you to comments more. Thank you Hina

ckelly   August 18th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

This is a dog and pony show.

The united states continues to advocate for its position in the middle east through its use of war against Muslim countries. Isreal continues its position which is both facshist and racist in its treatment of the Palestinian people. Isreal is an intregal part of American policy in the ME.

There are liberal and conservative social politics at play here. There is also economic politics at play here and both the Bush administration and the Obama administration play "Conservative" politics in the middles east and digress accordingly for there voters on the political scene.

BUT this is a common economic agenda. The Mosque will be built as it should be, but the greater political economic issues are never discussed here on LKL. "Neoliberalism" has been around for a long time-I noticed Dodie mentioned it a while back...

Since pres. Obama gave wall street the bail out, the global implications for conscience free markets are now free full tilt. Sovereignty???? Hmmm? Thats a theoretical concept in the world of business and international law.

Make no mistake, this is NOT about Liberal vrs Conservaative American social politics-yes Tea Partiers-this is NOT about a better world for YOUR children. Indeed, building a mosque near the site is about the wealthy thumbing their nose at you. Its wealthy, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Evangelist; Hollywood, BIG Media, Big business,

You know- THE UPPER 1% globally-in practical numbers and in plain english- thats about 60,000,000....with money, investments who as arbitrary about good and evil as any common man-BUT they have set up a system globally that controls-MONEY. Therefore they control interpretations of the consitution, national soveriegnty, environmental policies, middle eastern policies, social policy and YOU. MEDIA is your portal to their values and agenda . Make sure you are well read and "well" educated.

Jane   August 18th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

As an atheist, I feel privileged to have many friends who proudly practice their religion. My muslim friends are not evil; they do not support terrorism. I believe that muslims should be given the chance to make peace in the hearts of new yorkers.

angel   August 18th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

It's not about WHERE, but WHOis building the Mosque.

Larry you and your guest have it all wrong!! It's not about where but who!! The Iman is the problem!!.
Why is no one asking questions of the Iman? He is a radical with radical views, he's not condemd Hesbola or AIkada sides with the taliban.
Has said that the us created Bin Ladin, and is to blame for the 911 attacks wants american courts to impose islamic law!! Why have YOU and the rest of the media not asked these questions of him? It's in his book, not hard to find.

Iram   August 18th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

@ Rajiv, I have never ever "bashed" a jew, I love Jews as Islam teaches me to love Jews and Christians because they are people of the book. And so to answer your question, of course no Jew has ever hurt me. And I love Jews and Christians and Muslims, and all human beings because that is what I was taught as a Muslim.

Sandy   August 18th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

Saying the terrorists represent Muslims is like saying the Mafia represents Catholics!

Lewis   August 18th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

I wonder if any of your guests have actual read the Quran. The argument that was posed that just because some Christians are involved in violent acts, it should not reflect on the religion as a whole or those that follow it, is valid. But it is a false analogy when applied to those that follow the Quran. Those who follow Christianity would never have participated in the atrocities that were done in its name. Such actions do not flow from the Christian philosophy. However, actions of violence against non-believers do flow from the Quran. Mr. Hill and your other guests seem to miss this point! Fundamentalist Christians can find nothing within the New Testament to support violence against those who hold a different worldview. Fundamentalist Muslims who perpetrate violence on infidels find support in the precepts of the Quran. Sura 4:101 ….”for the unbelievers are to you open enemies”. , Sura 9:5 “…fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)”, Sura 9:14 “Fight them, and God will punish them by YOUR HANDS, cover them with shame, Sura 9:29 “Fight those who believe not in God nor the last day nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by God and his apostle nor acknowledge the religion of truth….”, Sura 61:4 Truly God loves those who fight in his cause in battle array, as if they were a solid cemented structure”. Further a reading of the historical accounts of Mohammad’s life leaves no doubt as to why Mohammad was called the “prophet of the sword”!
Now I am not saying that all Muslims practice jihad, but only that such practice is in keeping with their world view when a literal interpretation of the texts is employed. The point is that there is a fundamental difference between world views that espouse violence in their text and those that do not. It is unreasonable to blame Christianity for those who have perverted its teachings, but is it unreasonable to blame the Muslim religion for violence that is in keeping with its teachings? To be tolerant to all worldviews that espouse peace seems reasonable. To be tolerant of worldviews that espouse violence seems unreasonable. The problem comes about in trying to separate non-violent moderate Muslims from fundamentalists as they both base their beliefs on the same Quran. This is especially problematic when some Muslim leaders do not make the distinction clear.

Richard   August 18th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Those who are supporting this have been blinded by being too educated for their own good. Let's get back to the basics of being human. If something hurts either physically or emotionally its been tought not to do anything that brings that pain again. This is not about a legal issue and I would venture to say that the people are tired of hearing this. People that are for this stop for one moment and put aside the "legality" of this and have a heart. Stop tryng to be "Politcal" but more ask yourselves does this really make sense.

Vi Sant   August 18th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

I believe in freedom of religion as much as anyone. However if you read the incredible book "INFIDEL" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslin. you will think long and hard about any Mosque being built anywhere. The holy
Quran makes it clear that infidels, that's anyone not Muslin, should be killed.

Norma   August 18th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

it appears 68% of people does not want a Mosque built near ground zero as well as stated by the media most Americans does not want the war in Afghanistan forgetting the reason behind 911 therefore if that war is not overwhelming supported by us then we have forgotten the people that died a horrific death and their families.It appears a heavy debate is influenced by folks that simply does not like president Obama and makes a mountain out of a mole hill regarding any statement he makes. These are very depressing times if you listen to the media and when you are able to determine that the person bringing or debating is not fond of the has to have a mind of their own and not influenced by negative comments. Sorry to have strayed from the actual question.

Nur el-Masih Ben Haq   August 18th, 2010 11:10 pm ET

Just like "Prophet" Muhammad molested a minor (Aisha), and the Qur'an says Muslims will be given beautiful young virgin (hurul-in) in heaven but Muslims are not barred from staying close to minors, no body can stop Catholics priests from being close to schools.

The fact is that you Muslims are trying to use good Western values against the West itself even though your countries are very notorious over intolerance, killing of Christians who dare preach Christianity and other acts of barbarism. Did you not recently kill a New Yorker and 8 members of his humanitarian medical team for the "offence" of possibly preaching Christianity? Yet to pretentiously shout in the West "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!!!! RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!!!!!--–something you don't believe in at all! You can't continue to fool the West. TAQIYYA is no longer effective!!!

rachel   August 18th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

I am an American and will defend to my death the right to religious freedom. That being said this is not an issue of legality but of respect and sensitivity. The attack on 911 was a self-declared act of jihad. Those moments of celebration by many Muslims is etched on our psyches. There are great freedoms in America and they all come with responsibilities. While all of the following pairings are completely legal I hope to never see them in America: an abortion clinic next door to a fertility doctor–a dance studio adjacent to a prosthetic limbs store–a crematorium beside a barbeque restaurant or AA headquarters across the street from a bar. It is insensitive.
It would also likely be legal to put a lingerie store and a pork restaurant beside the Mosque but hopefully no one will.
The supporters are so busy trying to say what it says about those who are made uncomfortable that they neglect to realize what it says about anyone who supports being so disrespectful and insensitive to the feelings of their new neighbors.

ckelly   August 18th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

Good luck USA!!!!!-LEFT RIGHT or in between!!

This is not about social politics!! ITS BUSINESS baby-no matter the religion, color of the president or his political alegences-ITS Money.

The USA is being bought and sold on the stock exchange everyday-those same people control the lawyers that effect law and "INTERPRETATIONS"-we are all global peasants-the "small people"!! OBAMA/BUSH same dilemna

Judy M.   August 18th, 2010 11:23 pm ET

The 68% who do not want a mosque are connecting two things that are NOT the same! Average Muslims had nothing to do with ground zero. These people need EDUCATION. And the media can help with this, if they will forget sensationalism...selling news at all costs.

Donna   August 18th, 2010 11:31 pm ET

While watching the Oprah Show, a country called us "stupid Americans" because we are so gullible. Aren't we Americans just nice people? Oh, we know the truth,but we are just too nice. We can bring to justice those who do harm to America and Americans when they live in this country, but it's more difficult and costly (to taxpayers) when the harm comes outside of our borders. Gemma said it best. No religious institutions should be build near 9/11 ground zero. I live here and this will be our tax burden if this happens. The area will become a high alert zone and protesters will be out in full force. We will have to pay out of our pockets for more security. Our children have experienced major trauma and we want them to feel insecure yet again.

m. haque   August 18th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

who is pamela geller ? IS SHE JEWISH ?

Nana Brown   August 19th, 2010 12:10 am ET

Mayor Bloomberg's Speech August 3, 2010 said it all. Ask the Mayor on your show Larry.

Penny Cooper   August 19th, 2010 12:20 am ET

I have never heard of such an abomination in my life! I live in Texas, but I was just as worried and glued to CNN for so many days, cried many times and I am still traumatized when I here a sound like the alarms of so many firefighters who were killed that day. The sight of those people jumping to their deaths still makes me sad and hopeless to the thought that the US is no longer safe. I believe that there should NEVER be a mosque anywhere near the WTC site for a couple of reasons – first, the muslims are asking for more recognition, and there was no mosque there before (makes me wonder if the highjackers were thinking about this as they made their decisions to strike out at us... Secondly, I believe in the division of church and state, but I do not condone the muslims' wish to draw even more attention to themselves and causing nightmares and hopelessness for those who lost their lives. Besides, where are they getting the funding for this – it could be Osama bin Laden's money!!!

Name*CR   August 19th, 2010 12:24 am ET

A Mosque on Ground Zero? No way!!!!
Is America going mad? Why we allow anything? Why can't we control what we want?
Why don't we build churches, lots of them in Islamic countries in any and all cities we want? Do you think they are going to allow us?
Why we allow people and institutions that do not believe in democracy and in equality even between the sexes to not only come to America but to impose on us Anne expand at will?

Syed Mukhtar   August 19th, 2010 12:24 am ET

Lets get rid of Churches from that area and we wont built a mosque.....

cmisl   August 19th, 2010 12:32 am ET

Larry, no one is asking the buikders of the Mosque....Why There; what if 1/4 of a mile down the road there is a better spot ( larger ) with a less per sq ft cost. Why THAT rhetorical , because it creates dissension and division . If there is really a need for the Mosque , perhaps there are better locations available. Now THAT would show Americans a huge sign of wanting something , but showing compasion to what took place on 911. Most Americans would support that way of thinking ,

Richard   August 19th, 2010 12:33 am ET

Russel Simmons gets it. I'll go further–68% of Americans ought to be ashamed of the hatred that has blinded them and now has them cowering in fear. Your ignorant prejudice and inability to grasp this simple matter of remaining true to fundamental tennets of what made the US great, will be your undoing.

68% of Americans are hopelessly confused, morally bankrupt. Let your fellow Americans build their community center in peace.

Fred R   August 19th, 2010 12:33 am ET

Though I think it is in poor taste to build so soon and so close. we can't ignore the constitution and judicial precedent, even though the current supreme court does it all the time. Let them build and take the chance that it will remain intact in our uncivilized society. A PS, Larry: Why do you and so many others in the media continue to give legitimacy to Newt Gingrich? He discredited himself in the 90s, and, thanks to you et al., he has been allowed to reinvent himself as the guru of everything. Why, why, WHY?? He wants to be PRESIDENTt. For God's sake, stop this madness!

Al Brown   August 19th, 2010 12:34 am ET

One nation under God. This is a Judeo Christian nation not an islamic off shoot.

Kathleen Farrell   August 19th, 2010 12:35 am ET

Al Queda is winning in the U.S. They hate us because of our love of liberty and freedom, yet we are turning their Sept. 11 attack on our nation into a denial of liberty and freedom for a group of fellow Americans, Muslim Americans. I am so ashamed that we have become so weak, that we cannot stand up to the enemy by welcoming good people of faith to practice that faith. Allowing the mosque would be the most powerful message to the enemy. Don't let 3,000 victims of Sept. 11 deaths be in vain.

Steve   August 19th, 2010 12:35 am ET

I do NOT, by any means, support the mosque being built at Ground Zero! As a proud American, I want to make sure that Americans' views are being considered and represented. EVERY POLL online shows that the MAJORITY of Americans DO NOT want this mosque built! I have also learned, through all of this, that some people are "American citizens" and not necessarily true "Americans". People who support this mosque, at least to me, will never be true Americans if they support a mosque in the shadows of Ground Zero. On September 11, 2001, thousands of American people were killed by ISLAMIC hijackers, and it truly sickens me and everything that I believe as an American to build a religious center two blocks from where these haneous attacks occurred. The IDEA that we're considering this at all, and that Obama ENDORSED the idea of building a mosque at Ground Zero really makes me question whether I even want to be an American. WE ARE AT WAR WITH THESE PEOPLE, FOR GOD'S SAKE, AND WE"RE THINKING OF BUILDING A CENTER FOR THEM AT THE AREA WHERE THEY ATTACKED!?!?!?!? Are you freaking kidding me!?!?!?!?!?!? Muslims do have the right to build a mosque, but why in the hell do they feel the need to build their mosque at Ground Zero!?!?!?!? This is disrespectful to all of those lost of 9/11/2001, and I will NEVER EVER EVER EVER support it if I also want to be considered an American! Rights come with responsibilities - were the Muslims responsible in hijacking American airliners and killing thousands of innocent people? NO!!! So they should now NOT EVER EVER EVER have the RIGHT to build their mosque at Ground Zero! Anyone who is a real American will OPPOSE the building of this mosque!

Concerned Customer   August 19th, 2010 12:35 am ET

The Muslims who partook in 9/11 were not related in anyway to the Muslims who want to build this Mosque. The correlation is not only unfair but also an ignorant one. Please open your hearts and minds.

no freaking gihad's   August 19th, 2010 12:36 am ET

no muslem mosque should be built near ground zero.These sorry people want to make a statement in the neighborhood that they blew up and massacured 3000 harmeless amreicains .American shouldiers that fought for our freedom should have a memorial there ,not the murders religious group.that we have been fighting against.The president needs to get a grip and understand this is a Christian country and not a muslem country.Building one here would be moraly wrong and a slap in the face of our country.

Bob   August 19th, 2010 12:37 am ET

This Mosque is being built purely as a monument to honor those who attacked us on 9/11.

Rosemarie Powell   August 19th, 2010 12:41 am ET

Why are we keeping this abduction case hush hush? We want to be on the air. The government is not doing their job. We wrote to the White house, Senators, Representatives......FBI and NOTHING happened.
Can you please help us get our story out to the public?PLEASE!!!!! This is a 6 year old boy who needs his mother in his life!

grayfoxes   August 19th, 2010 12:45 am ET

I disagree with Al Sharpton and DL Hugley and I disagree with Mr. Patterson. With Al and DL you say ban the N word..what are you talking about, as much dignity and intelligence as you have, you will still hear some racist say the N word about you in a deragatory manner. You say let's be "real" about it, well why don't you get "real" about it and say, that the reason Black people began using the word amongst themselves is because, they could not get White people to stop saying the word in referring to them, in a deragatory manner so they began to "change" the "meaning" of it, by removing er and replacing it with ga, to reinforce it among the Black race, that they were not er's and were intelligent people capable of taking charge of themselves, then when Black people became more intergrated with the race, (Black men dating White women) they felt they could take the liberty of using the word openly..not as jokes, but when they disagreed with Blacks about something, once again using the word as a weapon, while Black people again found a way to ignore was the White persons way to win an argument or their way of having the last word..the final word..THE NNNNN WORD, then claim to be insulted, when Blacks say it was done in anger and degredation..then racists say well, the rappers use it..the rappers that get paid by rich White gun manufacturers and funeral home though, the entire Black race wants to be represented by rap..rap to the Black race is a way of talking about the oppresive conditions that the race has to go through, living in a world that makes rules against everything the race wants to accomplish. If the Whites don't like a culture they make it illegal to practice in that culture but, it is o.k. to practice homosexuality, it is o.k. to fill your body with plastic because you're not happy with what you're born with, o.k. to kill in cold blood, rob people of their life savings & ban books that tell the race about their culture and , are still using the 200 yr old word N..and ask why can't you use "that" word if Blacks do..the Black race has a right to refer to "themselves" in retalliation of Whites implanting that negative message and..yes..if that word is used against the Black race, they can use it as a weapon of SELF DEFENSE so don't tell me everybody has to stop using it..tell the white girls stop coming to black concerts and then want to get offended and to get real, they love the rappers, that's how they find out what the pulse of the black nation is talking about. Mr. Patterson, have they cut down every tree that a Black Man was hung from, have they dried up every river that a Black Man was drowned in???? Then what the ???? are you talking about, not there..I got ghosts following me everywhere I until you can "fix" that this is nonsense..but no one wants to address this, they say let's move on...well move on then???

john a schachte   August 19th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Bad idea to build mosque near 9/11 WTC, but go ahead. Think of the security issues! NYC should just say build it, but provide your own 24/7 security. Some ideas (like wearing Gator cap to Arkansas coached press conference, sorry whoever whore the hat) are just bad ideas!!!

Allie in Connecticut   August 19th, 2010 12:48 am ET

The Muslims? Are these the same muslims that Scream Sensativity over a Political Cartoon??? Let's face it guys, they are not sensative to the feelings of New Yorkers. End Of Story, why isn't anyone standing up for Our Feelings in these days of Political Correctness. The thought of how stupid this country is astounds me, let's just let everyone wipe their feet on us huh? THIS IS NOT ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OR THE CONSTITUTION. ITS ABOUT SENSATIVITY, IF I HAVE TO LISTEN TO ONE MORE PERSON SIDE STEP THE REAL ISSUE I'LL BE SICK.

Tracy brown   August 19th, 2010 12:49 am ET

The fact that the Muslims have a "right" to build a mosque doesn't mean they should. Take this analogy for example, say your daughter or son is killed by a drunk driver and they both die. The drunk drivers family has a "right" to burry their loved one right next to your daughter or son, but it wouldn't be right. I'm just saying some things are better left undone, because once it's done there's no changing it. I just think it's disrespectful to build a mosque on ground zero.
Tracy Brown 16,
Granbury, Texas

Bill   August 19th, 2010 12:50 am ET

Simmons made his early fortune and still does off the N..... word.
But only if his people say it. I mean those that make money for him.
Al Sharpton seems to care so much about racism when he forget's Tawana Brawley. Uncle Al, another race phony! In my opinion!

Islam's history, if anyone would take the time to read about it is one of control and domination. This constant reminder from the left about America's a tolerant nation is as phony as it comes. Why don't they point out all of the tolerant Islamic countries on the planet? Islam moves in as a minority, scream's and whine's that it's being suppressed by the majority of whatever nation it happen's to be in and once Islam reaches 35/40%, Islam starts to take control from a victim's point of view. Any religion of GOD that was started by a historically documented (documented by Islam I might add) PEDOPHILE has major problem's from the get go. When did it become a mentally sick illness for a 53 to 56 year old man to marry a 6 to 9 year old baby girl? In 635AD? 636AD? 720AD? or right after Islam's Prophet Mohammed died? I understand from interviews with Muslim women that have escaped Islam that young girl's are married off in Islamic countries daily. TODAY! I for one may have to tolerate a religion started by a pedophile because I honor the laws of my country, but I sure as hell don't have to respect it! In my opinion!
Ps: Dr. Hill is one of the littlest/biggest phonies on TV today. His studies and classes must be a real piece of work.
In my moderate Christian opinion.

Duane   August 19th, 2010 12:51 am ET

There's alot of non-objectivity on both sides of the issue – we need reason, and the Governor has a reasonable solution. Discuss with them and ask them to be sensitive – it's NOT about "not allowing them" to build there. They are already "allowed" by the constitution.

Look at the other issue in the news. Dr. Laura said the "N" word- there was huge public outcry – why? Was it an issue of her "constitutional right"? No, she has the right to say that by constitution, but it's a wisdom and sensitivity issue, right? I didn't hear any one defending her constitutional right like the mosque issue.
So Obama was right in that he spoke of the "right" to it, but not necessarily the "wisdom" of it. We need to defend "sensitivity" in that issue just as much as the Dr. Laura issue if we're to be consistent.

But I agree that the objection of many people to it's building is based on a wrong assumption that Islam downed the towers – no doubt there was rejoicing in lots of areas of Musl. world when it happened, but there was also majority of Musl. who hated what happened – so it's not really a Muslim issue – but wrong or not – each neighborhood needs to go by neighborhood interests – I know of many places where city forbade churches from being built – for various reasons – zoning or parking for instance – there are other reasons besides "constituional rights" that come into play.

Brian E Walker   August 19th, 2010 12:53 am ET

Why can't they show some respect for the the majority of American's.
Move it one or two block's further away. Show some compromise,why
is that place so special.

B E Walker, Bremerton,WA

Allie in Connecticut   August 19th, 2010 12:54 am ET

I agree with BoB

JOHN   August 19th, 2010 12:56 am ET


Reverend Vyctorya   August 19th, 2010 12:56 am ET

If we always do what we've always done, we'll always get what we've always gotten & we'll always be what we've always been.

More people have been killed in the name of God (aka Allah, Jesus, Jehovah, etc) than any other name. Why not do something to at least try to bring about unity & peace? Build an interfaith center.

Since the beginning of time, we've always fought & argued over religion. We argue about who's right & who's wrong. We look down on others who believe differently than we do. In fact, more people have been killed in the name of God than any other name. All it's gotten us is the same result – loss of life and further separation.

We will keep getting the same result because we continue to do what we've always done – separate ourselves.

Instead of building a mosque, build an interfaith center. Bring people together not pull them apart.

R.   August 19th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Hi Larry

I lived half of my life and finished my high school education in a muslim environment, and I am highly tolerant person but I am also a realist and one of my best friends is muslim. So here are my opinions:
1. If it's primarily a community center, why do the new owners have to make it a religion specific one. I figure a community center should be open to all the public and membership should not be limited to muslims. This while dedicating a specific area (not occupying more than 20% of the building) as a mosque to offer a placeof worship for muslims. That can show tremendous sensitivity and true open peaceful intentions.

2. It should be explained in the media that it has been shown on numerous occasions that mosques have harbored religeous extremism that had demonstrated terrorist intentions. And so the lady called Neda on AC360 made a poper point (that was whisked over but is key to resolving the sensitivity issue) as to whether extremism speeches will be practiced or be open to be practiced in this building.

3. If I would go to Saudi Arabia and help build a church, you bet my rights will be violated by issues like spying on the conduct inside of the church and possibly being attacked by anti-western sentiments that perceive christians as representatives of western attitudes. And I am sure that as a christian I would be questioned as to what is being practiced at church, as a matter of national security. So why don't the new owners come out and declare their intented use of the building with details. That is a matter of public zoning interest for those who live in the area.

So by respect to the intelligence of the majority of americans, these points should be answered by those who are buying the place as to what are the policies and procedures for using this building once it is setup and ready to operate.

miriam   August 19th, 2010 12:57 am ET


Heather   August 19th, 2010 12:57 am ET

The US better grow a set-and soon. Make no mistake : i-SLAM is NOT a religion but a political ideology that seeks to see the world bound by the shameful shackles of sharia and dragged right back to the 7th century. There is NO WAY a mosque should be built anywhere near Ground Zero. That would not ,in any way, be indicative of tolerance OR understanding.
A better location might be Death Valley.

sarah   August 19th, 2010 12:57 am ET

how many muslims actually live in the neighborhood where the ground zero mosque is being built? This is totally a statement mosque and is complete bull. I am born and bread in NYC and the financial district is a primarily non residential neighborhood before and after 9/11!!! This is ridiculous and outrageous if this was a real muslim neighborhood then it would make more sense!!!

steebles   August 19th, 2010 12:58 am ET

I don't agree with it but they built a mcdonalds in hiroshima.

Bill   August 19th, 2010 12:58 am ET

Developer of Ground Zero Mosque said on Big 1 interview that people will come from all over the world to visit the Islamic Community Center. Yes, they will. Muslim's coming to pray and gloat over Ground Zero as a first major defeat of the 'Great Satatn" by Islam. Can anyone tell me which YMCA is traveled too from all over the world just for a visit by Christian's? They refer to the little mosque close to the new Ground Zero mosque. Have you seen it on the news? I have a garage where I store my mower that's bigger. Now Islam needs a 13 story mosque. That's a hell of a new membership growth, huh?

pk   August 19th, 2010 12:59 am ET

larry, the facts are :
almost every terrorist known is / was a muslim.
it does not mean that every muslim is a terrorist.
islam has alot of good , but also alot of controversial aspects.
u r giving too much importance and publicity to them,

Moses   August 19th, 2010 12:59 am ET

Larry I have heard commentary from people who strongly oppose the building of this mosque near ground zero; and the common phrase I hear from the people that came on your show is that "family members of victims of 911 are offended by the idea". Supposedly the idea of building the mosque near ground zero.

Why are you or anyone not asking: why are these families offended by the idea of building a mosque near ground zero?

I think if we can have an answer direct from the "victim's families", perhaps it can help in setting a dialogue that may solve this madness.

grayfoxes   August 19th, 2010 1:00 am ET

PS. Al & DL when that white woman said that 911 was the "greatest tragedy" that EVER occurred on American soil, why didn't you say something about that..Slavery was the "greatest" crime EVER committed on American soil..the extermination of the Indian Race was the "greatest" crime EVER committed on American soil. That's what I mean about sitting back pacifying the whining from a woman that has had the doors of opportunity always open for her because of the color of her skin, not the magnitude of her intelligence, not the wisdom of her understanding..but..being right because she's white and you being too intimidated to speak up and say that as wrong as 911 was, an entire country was destroyed as a result men, women and children bombed in the middle of the night in their country...and why..because somebody made Bush and Chaney mad?? Bush and Chaney over reacted and from the results of their wealth from the war, they didn't do what they did for me..they didn't do it for the Nation and they have a lot of people pointing the finger at the Arab Nation.

Al Brown   August 19th, 2010 1:00 am ET

Islam had everything to do with 9/11.

muffin   August 19th, 2010 1:00 am ET

In Middle East islamic martyrs, islam advocats as imams, are honoured ( if financially possible) after their death by building a mosqe to bury them or near where they were killed as Salah El Deen was burried in Israel, his son buried on Church site... etc. Figure the reason for building this mosque

Allie in Connecticut   August 19th, 2010 1:04 am ET

Because the Al Queda men who blew up the towers were a group of Radical Islamics, I have yet to hear one Muslim come out against the radicalists within their own group............
Where are all these Right Thinking Muslims, I don't and haven't heard any. So, yeah, I guess in the minds of many of us in the Northeast part of this country,and beyond Islam and the Muslims are "On the Hook" for that act of terror.

Barbara Willis   August 19th, 2010 1:05 am ET

Dear Larry King,
The building of an Islamic Center near Ground Zero is the Islamic way of saying to America "We will defeat and dominate you." I think the government should disallow any further Islamic immigration into the U.S. There should be no further spread of this relegion into the U.S. These people hate us and they are some of the most envious people on this earth. We must see them for what they truly are. They have no respect for the Women of their race or any other race. They are the most cruel of any race on this earth. Their long term plan is have control of this great nation. This Mosque is a staging ground for future control and insult to this Nation. All of you Black supporters must remember these are the people that sold our ancestors into slavery and given the opportunity they will do so agan. Lets not give them any more chances to increase their numbers in this country.

I am angry that Russell Simmons and others are stupid enough to support such a project. This is crazy, can you not see where this is going.

Barbara Willis

washington   August 19th, 2010 1:07 am ET

all people are welcome in christian churches. However I think it is true that only muslims are allowed in a mosque. Are they intolerant of christians , or anyone who is not muslim ?

Mitch   August 19th, 2010 1:12 am ET

Bob that isnt cool to say man, why cant we just be friends, dont blame the innocent cause the crazies of their population gave them a bad name.

Goodman Freed   August 19th, 2010 1:14 am ET

The creeping ideology of Islam is out & about to destroy the American way of life. Building the Mosque near ground zero is tantamount to building the Mosque on the Jews Temple Mount. In your face. The Koran tells them to say anything, do anything to have their ideology take over the worlds thinking & way of life. The United States is being hijacked by the Islamic Religious Ideology & you are standing by & letting it happen. You are in your ignorance of stance along with a President who is so blinded by his desire to do the right thing by his fathers ancestors, permitting the Islamic extremist Muslims to blindside you into allowing the construction of an, 'in your face', ediface near the site of their greatest destructive triumph. Islam is no longer a religion, it stopped being such in the writing of the second part of the Koran. It is strictly an Ideology with the goal of taking over the world no matter what they have to do or say. Would you allow the Communist party to build a center there? How about the Nazi party or the KKK which still exist in these United States? Then how can you justify the Islamists to do so? They are also out to destroy us. You'd better wake up or else. You'd better wake up & act. .

Sarah   August 19th, 2010 1:14 am ET

Muslims didn't attack the US, a terrorist organization did. Muslim americans lost people too. It's funny how easy we target an entire population. And government Patterson, there is a right and wrong. Wrong is "suggesting" a move to sweep the issue under the rug so you don't have to deal with the fact that the skepticism is a result of discrimination. The fact is we shouldn't encourage discrimination. These comments are a product of discrimination and ignorance. Read a book, Islam is a peaceful religion and a masque is not built to triumph killing.

Alessandro BERNARDI   August 19th, 2010 1:18 am ET

Why not in the Twins? There is not much risk!

Stephen   August 19th, 2010 1:20 am ET

We have both freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We have a right to use, for example, the – n word – but most choose not to be distasteful regardless of the Constitutional right. A mosque at ground zero seems much the same.

doral gonzales   August 19th, 2010 1:26 am ET

I am a soldier and have served in Iraq. I have served my country with pride and have answered the call to protect our freedom . I protected the freedom of all Americans, white, black, brown, Christian, Moslium, Buddist,H, Jewish,Hindu, islam etc.I believe in the constitution and have sworn to protect it. I think that all politicians that are aganist the building of the Mosque near Gound Zero should serve in a War Zone protecting our American rights and those of Mosluims and Christians in the countries of Iraq and Afganistan. Many have lost their lives to enure their freedom and ours. Please do not have them lose their lives in vain. We have been soldiers and spoken of American freedoms do not make this a lie. If we put conditions in freedom then freedom is not free. Freedom has a price and I have paid it...have you...? until you have paid the price you have not right to take the freedom of others..

Naresh   August 19th, 2010 1:27 am ET

I do not understand what the HUGE deal is about the mosque being built anywhere other than on ground zero. I agree with all the politicians who oppose the construction of the mosque, saying that there were and still are a lot of insecurities and discomfort that arose from the tragic 9/11. It does not matter a whole lot whether people have this islam-a-phobia or whatever, but the fact that the concerns of the people who lost loved ones in 9/11 has to seriously be taken into account. It is agreed that our country was founded on religious tolerance but that is the ONLY thing the defenders make a point about. They do not consider the complex sides of the issues or the controversy to a greater extent.

To sum it up, I don't think President Obama should have sided to continue with teh plans to build the mosque, with the understanding of the situation at hand. He of all the people should try to figure a compromise or negotiation: perhaps that teh mosque could be moved from ground zero. I don't care how many mosques they build...50 or 1000 just not near there.

grayfoxes   August 19th, 2010 1:28 am ET

Maybe it's me but I'm still hearing the word "let" dominate choices..who "lets" a city say people cannot use a lake because it is polluted, who "lets" Donald Trump from putting a building where he wants, or Hilton etc. Did you know that Mr. Bush's grandfather helped launder money for those accused of committing war crimes against nature..see, when it comes to what White's "want" to do they don't need permission, when they burn a cross in front of a church who "lets" them..a lot of people are prejudice against Muslims from the beginning, trying to quote exerpts about what they think their way of life is about, I think the bigger picture is that because it is not christian, there is skepticism, because they have chosen the GOD that they choose to worship and not the white god that has been forced upon americans, they are dealt with in prejudice, everybody does'nt want to put up pictures of a white god, or crosses and idols and christians are faith based on that to the point of becoming violent..this was another reason for slavery, to "force" a nation of people into "believing" what white's wanted them to believe or else..and then they want to say what they will "let" others do...this race of white's have murdered so many people they don't have the right to talk about anybody else..whoooooooo has done more damage..tell me! Another thing, there is financial jealousy going on, see the white president stole all america's money, but the nation of Islam didn't come here looking for welfare, free health care, food stamps or any other government assistance..they are college educated and intelligent and merchants selling their merchandise making a living..I know they are making a million dollars a week and the markets in the black and hispanic neighborhoods..I think that since white's lost their money, they don't feel comfortable with arabs coming to america able to take care of themselves..they aren't begging for anything...hmmmm

Cajazz76:24:8   August 19th, 2010 1:35 am ET


Hello muffin..I just want to alert you to the fact your cookies are burnt...

Jim   August 19th, 2010 1:46 am ET

First let me say that the mosque is not being built on ground zero. Its being built 2 blocks away. Its my understanding that mosques already exist in the area around ground zero. So how far away is far enough? 3 blocks,4,5, should religious freedom be banned from New York City altogether? This country was settled by people escaping religious persecution. Millions of americans have died protecting our right for freedom, which includes religious freedom. Should we disrespect their death? With all the anger this issue has brought(mostly fueled by the media) I, myself, do not respect their CHOICE to build a mosque that close to the attacks but i sure as hell respect their RIGHT to build it! And when I use the words "their choice" and "their right" Im referring to Americans not Muslims or any other minority group within this great country. Because its our diversity, tolerence, and acceptance of all walks of life that makes us great! As far as the muslim leader goes, everything ive read about the guy seems to point towards a man who strives for all religions to work together peacefully. His biggest sound bite the media is using seems to be the one about American policy contributing to the attacks, its an argument the republican puppet Glenn Beck made himself on a previous show. Now he has the audacity to use it against this guy. Other prominent americans, such as Sen. McCain and Donald Rumsfeld, have made similar arguments regarding American policy. If Beck had a shred of dignity or journalistic integrity he would at least agree with the man on that issue and attack him in some other manner. But im sure if Beck or any other media puppet were to read this they would just turn the words around to fit their agenda. But they know what they said and what they meant at the time and if they can sleep comfortably in their very large homes then there is nothing we can do about it because our soldiers fought not only for our freedom of religion but also our freedom of speech. God bless us all!! And hopefully those of us against the mosque will only protest their CHOICE to build it but fight for their RIGHT to build it!

Stanley Ahtye   August 19th, 2010 1:52 am ET

First of all ,my sympathies to all who were affected by this tragic event.I live in Cailfornia and it affected me also even though I am a distance away. I personally think building the center so close isn't in anyones best interests. The debate on this issue is far from over, but the fact that this discussion can even happen shows how great this country is. That individuals can speak their minds for or against this or any other topic for that matter makes this country great. Other countries in the world would not allow this. Mr. King has people on his program debating constitutional and moral issues . With the Imam not present to be part of the discussion , it seems that there are a lot of unanswered guestions. These issues , concerns over his sincerity over the center , and his beliefs should be discussed. There is much mistrust against Muslims . People involved still have wounds that aren't healed.The criminals who are in custody still haven't been brought to justice for their crimes. The Imam should do the right thing and realize that biulding there would only foster hard feelings . Find another piece of land for your mosque.Do the right thing.

muffin   August 19th, 2010 1:57 am ET

So according to Middle Eastern tradition and practice, the building of this mosque near where terrorists of 9/11 were killed is to honour their Jihad. PERIOD.
From an honest Middle Eastern

Moses   August 19th, 2010 2:24 am ET

Barbara that is so ignorant of you.....first of, Islam is not a race, it is a religion just like Christianity, Judaism, Protestants, etc...etc. second, U need a history lesson; Muslims did not sell your ancestors into slavery....Africans were full partners in this dark phase of our history. Forget constitutional rights. Lets focus on what is happening here.

Most of the people opposed to this mosque site believe that Islam is responsible for the 9/11 attacks. If you believe that, would you also conclude that Christianity was responsible for the Oklahoma city bombing; since Tim Macvey claimed to be working for God?

Finally, you need to know that there are about 7 million American Muslims in this country, and 99% of that 7 million are law abiding and peace loving people.

We need to understand that there is a clear distinction between Islam and Islamic extremists. We cannot link these terrorists to Islam just as we do not link terrorists like Tim Macvey, David Koresh, etc. to Christianity.

It is interesting how some lawmakers are taking advantage of this shameful and hypocritical outcry to score political points. When will American politicians, radio talk show host, and other persons on influence ever put greed aside and just be honest about the issues that are important to our peaceful existence and our freedoms?


mahmoud   August 19th, 2010 2:29 am ET

BY court they will win and on the street they will win............. read the Constitution people just read it. All I have to say lack of education nation.

KIT   August 19th, 2010 2:55 am ET

How many people of different nationalities died on 9/11, and how many were Muslims? Not all Muslims were responsible for what happened on 9/11. The ones who were responsible for what happened are the people who flew those planes, they took it upon themselves to do what they did. If you have one bad family member, is your whole family responsible for what that one bad member does? The answer to that question would be no. A Mosque is a Church, a place to worship God, and it has nothing to do with 9/11, it is just a building. If those men who flew those planes were Catholic, Baptist or any other religion, would they also not be allowed to build their Church on that site, and be responsible for what those men did? Not. People are blaming all Muslims for what only a few did on 9/11. That is not fair and it is not right. That is racism. Those people have the right to build their Mosque anywhere they want it, the same right as any other religous Church. They may have even lost their loved ones too on 9/11, at what you call Ground Zero.

jo   August 19th, 2010 3:12 am ET

no way. We gave them chances before 911. Why should we trust any of them now?

sara s.   August 19th, 2010 3:17 am ET

instead of just a mosque, we should encourage building of a synagogue, mundir, a sikh temple, a buddist temple, a chritian church, a catholic church, and any other congreation that wants to build a site of prayer in that area, where people from not only the united states but the whole world come to pray and remember all those who lost their lives and the families that were left to deal with the horror of what happened, this would truly then be the holiest site on the planet, how great would that be!

shaker sadeak   August 19th, 2010 3:28 am ET

i am a muslim and i dont think a muslim center should be bulid near ground zero. If building a muslim center near ground zero creats a controversy among the all americans, then developer need to move it somewhere else, just to prove that islam is a peacefull religion, and we do not want to creat any problems.

Laura   August 19th, 2010 3:33 am ET

After hearing what everyone has to say about this! MORALLY ITS JUST HARD! It doent matter how you feel you question all.

andre spearman   August 19th, 2010 3:39 am ET


This story is so small minded. Let's look back on the building of America. Are there any native american sites where America has built our nation? The answer is yes. We now can see the real underbelly of certain power of being the majority of a population. Let's review our history: Japanese internment camp, African American slavery, Chinese exclusion acts, immigrant hatred if they are brown or black, Jim Crow, KKK. All of this hatred created seperation which leads to violence. I think your show should focus on why is it that the rich people are not hiring people and sharing their wealth. Are we a nation of symbols only and do we live by it. It is hard to get past emotions when politicians are seen as the only leaders in our community. Ask a few religious leaders, community leaders, non religious leaders. They should be people who show some level of greater good. Newt should be silent and isn't his time for leadership over.

Anna Shea   August 19th, 2010 3:49 am ET

give me a break.
We have men and women returning from war and their families can't even bury them in peace. Where is the respect for families that have the religious nut balls screaming at them. We are told they are protected by the 1st amendment. (Who protects these families!)They are screaming at the families during their loved ones funerals outside the church, as they pull into the graveyards.
We need our ELECTED to doing what they were elected to do.....Give up the party of NO and get to work. We have two wars, no jobs in the US. and all you can find to do is argue about a learning center in New York City.
Stop..... it is NOT at GROUND ZERO. It is blocks away.

Sebastian   August 19th, 2010 3:49 am ET

I will soon becoming a American Citizen. I love America


Americans need to wake up and see the real face of Muslims. Have the Americans forgotton Major Nidal Hasan. He took oath to defend his country. Before killing innocent his fellow soliders he was a good muslum.Then suddenly what happened. Was Time Square bomber not a good Muslim before trying to explode bomb at time square. America Wake up "ALL THE MUSLIMS ARE THE SAME" When are you going to learn that.

Who are the people doing suicide bombing all over the world, answer is very simple "MUSLIMS" Look whats happening in United Kingdom, Muslims want to bring Shriah in England. Do Americans want to see same happening in our country.

Jean   August 19th, 2010 3:50 am ET

Hi Larry,

When Americans will learn their lesson? muslim people do not like Amerincans; they think we are the diablo. This is why bad things happen to us, because we trust anybody. Those 3,000 peple dead in 9-11 are turning in their tumbs. They don't believe in God hello!!!!


Vicki   August 19th, 2010 3:52 am ET

It took America awhile to forgive the Japanese for their attack on the US,but that took almost 50 years,many soldiers who personally reconciled with their differences.09/11/01 of was this generation's Pearl Harbor.It's been almost 10 years since the atttack on the World Trade Center.Not that all muslims are bad or intend to bring down the US,but the wounds are still fresh,the hurt is still there,and a lot of us haven't forgotten.We still have troops returning that came out of the attacks of 09/11/01.The US needs time not to forget but to still mourn what happened and why our troops were even sent overseas in the first place.America is not ready to forget.

Jose Castillo   August 19th, 2010 3:54 am ET

Is it a mosque that is been proposed ?? or a community center. If it is not a mosque For Pete sake would you ppl stop calling it a mosque ?

Sebastian   August 19th, 2010 3:57 am ET

Please American people understand that there are no moderate muslims in this world, muslims talk with sweet words, try to be your friends, eat with you sit with you and at the same time whenever they'll get any opportunity they'll stab you at the back. Simple example Pakistan getting aid from America to fight terriorism and at the same time training talibans. Isn't it stabbing at your back.

Sebastian   August 19th, 2010 4:01 am ET

I would like to ask Professor Marc, what kind of professor your are can't you understand who are talibans 'muslims' . Who are are extremists 'muslims' professor don't know who made you professor. Open up your eyes.

Prophet Ha-Shem   August 19th, 2010 4:02 am ET

Wait wait, that the war is over, please don't build any mosques around Ground Zero yet, Mr. President.
As of today Aug 19 2010 a new nation will be born.
The 1 Nation Under God
Do u believe in JESUS n The Holy Ghost or NOT?
We do believe in and trust GOD our father and JESUS the son
Now that the flash is dead the life of the HOLY GHOST will not be denied.

Cathy Soto   August 19th, 2010 4:03 am ET

If they build this mosque, I suggest we all support the Jewish community to build a synague (sp.) and Jewish Cultural Center next door, right on the mosque's door steps. After all, the Muslims built a mosque right on the door steps of Solomon's Temple on the Temple Mound in Israel. Also, all the Christian denominations should build church's as close to the mosque as possible – Catholic, Baptist, L:utheran, Presbyterian, etc. This would be a perfect example of religious diversity and tolerance in America!

GerryK   August 19th, 2010 4:11 am ET

I have been following this news story with interest. It was not until tonight that I was informed, via Russell Simmons, that the proposed Islamic Centre near Ground Zero, is actually a replacement for an Islamic centre that was at the same spot prior to 9/11. No one has contradicted that statment.

Why are other religious groups, other businesses and organizations allowed to rebuild, and not our Islamic neighbours? I would call that unfair. Prejudice. Religious Intolerance. A lack of equality before the law.

I also think that the hysteria about this issue–much of which I think is being done sadly for political purposes–causes much worry and grief for our Muslim neighbours, the overwhelming majority of whom are hard working, honest, and caring people.

I am concerned how this Anti-Muslim attitude goes over in the Islamic World. I feel that the attitudes of ex-Gov Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, et al, do nothing to encourge tolerance in the Islamic world. In fact, they encourage the opposite.

Wouldn't it be nice...wouldnt it be small-c christian....if American christian leaders would stand up for religious freedom for others...if the Western World would act in ways to prove Islamic fanatics wrong. I know many have,,,but I hope many more will.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if...if instead of the apparent stingy and grudging response to the sad tradgey presenty taking place in islamic Pakistan, if the Western and Christian world would be inundating that poor country with aid and support. Just think of how that would be appreciated in the Muslim world, how would weaken the arguement of islamic extremists.

Do Unto Others as You would Have them Do Unto You. Isnt that the Golden Rule? What I ask for myself I wish for others.

This hysteria about this mosque's location is all very sad. . But to my muslim friends and neighbours, I hope that this...too...will pass. That is, if people of good will take a stand, which is happening. Good for you Russell Simmons, good for you Nancy Pelosi.

And that Im old enough to remember that there was a great deal of animosity and prejudice between Protestants and Catholics, and between various protestant demoninations, less than 50 years ago. But that has changed for the better.

Lets treat each other with loving kindness. I wonder what Jesus would say?

Rokaya, Cambrdige, MA   August 19th, 2010 4:19 am ET

I am a Muslim from the middle east. I came here five years ago for my husband's Phd studies. Ever since we came here and our constant feeling is happiness with with the tolerance for different cultures and different religions that we find here, that we never experienced before. and we were happy that our young children are getting such positive exposure at a young age, and we wanted them to understand that people are different and the key to live together is to respect our differences and our religions.
BUT with this rising roar about the mosque, it is sadly our first time to see intolerance and extreme racism... I am so sad to say this is the first time we felt like we want to leave this country, we want to go back home and we don't want our children to grow up in a place where people treat them as second class citizens.
Thank you Larry king for having this conversation, you are the only program we watched that truly gave both sides of the story and had guests speaking against opposing the mosque.

seti   August 19th, 2010 5:16 am ET

The media in America has been so slanted and propagandanized, that most americans believe muslims and terroist are one in the same. Even I find it hard not to see them in this light. But we don't see all priest as pedophiles. We don't see all white men as racist, because of the actions of a few. We don't see all police as bad, because of the actions of a few. The Media has played a role in the preception that all black men are violent. With the world moving at such a fast pace we do rely on mass media for parts of our education. especially concerning people that are different then ourselves. Tolerance is the bridge to understanding. I

angeles andy   August 19th, 2010 5:23 am ET

Larr, get someone who can speak instead of Russel, I am changing channels, He cannot communate at all. I know he promotes your view, but get someone who can talk.

Sa'a   August 19th, 2010 5:43 am ET

You all go through the conspiracy theory of 9/11 or ask Bush what the heck happened. WTC has nothing to do with Muslims and if yes it does as said , why hasn't the mighty America clamped down on them and even Osama after so many years? What a shame. Americans and the government of America had everything to do with 9/11. If this is not allowed, it would only make people feel more hate for America.

taylan   August 19th, 2010 5:53 am ET

I completely disagree about building mosque in new york resulted in prominent belief which is about muslims create pre-eminenence all over the US. Building mosque is necessity for muslim people who live in Newyork. I would like to share my experince when i was in europe. While christian people are welcomed at their church which were constructed thousand years ago and have been constructed yet in turkey, I had to pray in a shed of plane in spain due to lack of mosque. I think in US muslim people have constitutional right to request to be construsted a mosque as a result of essential necessity. If people in new york have a concern about repetititon of terrorism pertaining to 11th September i would advice them to research about the correlation between the bankrupt of ENROL and and the date of collepsing of world trade center

Mike   August 19th, 2010 5:54 am ET

Taking care of both constitutional rights and sensitivities are important.
Wouldn't a good idea to be build a religious center that houses a mosque, a church and a synagogue? Here then we have a chance to live in love and harmony, find common ground in faith, and by this as well make statements that we stand together opposed to enemies of peace and well being.

Deepak Patel   August 19th, 2010 6:00 am ET

Why not build a statue of Bin Laden at Ground Zero? Better idea than building a mosque!

Mario Luiz Medeiros   August 19th, 2010 6:02 am ET

I tink the musulin word is go tu far in demand to mane tinks
in the west . If they want live the way the live back home the supose to stay there ou obaid the low where they arrived . what a tinlk the way the go , whit the goverment acept every thing they whant they go to take over the word that what they want.

Judy & Stew Telman   August 19th, 2010 6:02 am ET

One of the guests interviewed on today's (August 19, 2010) program justified the building of the Mosque near Ground Zero by comparing it to the Nazi March in Skokie. For your information, and his, that March never took place due to the outcry from Holocaust survivors and their threat to attack the marchers with baseball bats if necessary. They stated that Hitler started with 9 followers, and what was to prevent those American, so-called, Nazis from attracting other fanatic hate mongers in the same way.

Both you, Larry, and your guest, should study your past history. You might even want to watch the movie "Skokie" starring Danny Kaye which dealt with the issue.

Thank you,

The Telmans

Serge   August 19th, 2010 6:08 am ET

Now isn't that irony... The last "operating" troops are leaving Iraq in a complete mess and hundreds of thousand for a huge majority innocent people killed and we're having a discussion about sensitivities over an Islamic center a few blocks away from ground zero which only starts a debate over the question if any mosque or islamic center should be allowed to be built across the country... Thank you America!

Bart   August 19th, 2010 6:15 am ET

Last night on Larry King, The panelist from Columbia University is a typical rude overbearing liberal who does not live in the real world. He should look at himself instead of calling everyone else a racist or ignorant.

Medhat   August 19th, 2010 7:02 am ET

Dear Larry,
I agree with president Obama that American values should be up held on religious freedom, yet I find this very simplistic views, Islam in not only religion its a political doctrine, which dictate to humans how they should live, eat, trade, what to wear etc. in a way its an Ideology, like Communism, to prove my point let me ask you this question, will Saudi Arabia or any Muslim country with a few exceptions allow the same values, to building a jewish center or a christian center or Hindu temple? USA has sacrificed young Men and Woman to hold American values in Iraq and Afghanistan using military power, it is now the time to really test how to pass on these values peacefully by conditioning the building of such a center to obtaining a permit to build a Church or a hindu temple in Saudi Arabia, I challenge the US government or the EU to obtain such a permit, it just proves that it is more of a political doctrine than a simple religion, just imagine giving a permit to build a Communist center at the hight of the cold war any where in America let alone ground ZERO.

James Andrew Raheem   August 19th, 2010 7:51 am ET

Readers lead and Leaders read for those who do not know about Islam is the oldest religion known to man it has no beginning no end. It means peace and those who practice this faith are call muslim and muslim means to submit your will to do the will of Allah which is how you say God in Arabic. Muslims are not responsible for the attack on 9/11 the United States Government is responsible for that action just like they are responsible for the Alantic Slave Trade oh thats right that never happen right slavery never existed people wake up and study and read something stop being dumb all your life the bible says my people suffer for the lack of knowledge it is the lack of knowledge that keeps us in a grave the grave of ignorance. as-salaam-aliakum that means peace be unto you in arabic

mr.sandoval   August 19th, 2010 8:38 am ET

freedom of religion in America is for all religion but sometimes it use this as a shield for their cause, mostly Muslim people justified of whatever they done bad or good for the sake of their religion and support that act .they express against that act in public but in there heart they support it ., freedom is for all but the true freedom is for responsible and peace loving religion. pls.don't tolerate to your brothers coz they use this ground zero mosque building as propaganda plus for their Recruitement if Succeded,, i understand the politician who support to build coz the vote of Muslim area there is so huge.

Judy   August 19th, 2010 11:10 am ET

President Obama should not have voiced his opinion on the proposed Mosque near Ground Zero, period. Whats done is done.

As the saying goes "fool me once, shame on you" (Pearl Harbor), "fool me twice shame on me" ( Sept 11 )

We are debating ...this because we do not want to look like idiots to the rest of the world should their be another attack. "How come no one was watching the store"

Every LEGAL AMERICAN has their right however, where does RESPECT and HONOR come in? It is as if "who cares 3,000+ people died in 9/11 plus countless FIRST RESPONDERS who are not able to get the health care they DESERVE. Whats done is done and we move on ? yes however, we need to RESPECT and HONOR our fallen AMERICAN brothers (and sisters) ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

In this situation, there are those individuals who are worried about "their rights" and not about the rights of those who gave their lives for THIS COUNTRY. The developers of the Mosque are stating "how dare you challenge my choice of location?" We have a right to CHALLENGE everything dealing with our SAFETY.

If you are in AMERICA and want to stay, HONOR OUR FALLEN AMERICAN HEROES AND THOSE WHO SERVE TODAY so we can ALL have the freedoms our ancestors have fought so hard for all these years.

ibtissam qureshi   August 19th, 2010 11:30 am ET

being a muslim i personally think this very like not be called terrorist durring 9/11 was when people would take muslims and they would be the ones terroist be you american just because we're muslims does not mean we are terrorists

Noel Minahan   August 19th, 2010 11:56 am ET

I agree with Governor David Patterson. Was their mosque destroyed in the 911 attack? Where did they worship before 911?


Barbara   August 19th, 2010 12:15 pm ET

I believe that putting the mosque near Ground Zero is like slapping all Americans across the face. Many Americans lost their lives that day when America's peace was compromised. Their families are still dealing with their losses and this would be like rubbing salt in the wound. Why would anyone agree to such a thing. Wake Up America.......stand up for your rights!

stephen   August 19th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

I HOPE YOU REMEMBERED THAT THE FOUNDATION OF UNITED STATE OF AMERICA WAS BASED ON CHRISTIANITY; All our predicisor fought and worn by their believe in Lord Jesus,that is why we are the No. 1 country in the world. Listen if this foundation is tampered with by building a mosque on it,am sorry that my country might collapse.

Randy Willen   August 19th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

Why move the mosque since it is currently in use ? What's the mosque got to do with Ground Zero ? Is anybody associated with the Mosque charged with what happened on 9/11 ? Any American Muslims connected with what happened there ? Rosa Parks could have just sat down at the back of the bus. You know, so that she could have been sensitive to the irrational fears of the "other" passengers.

Stan Engleton   August 19th, 2010 2:50 pm ET

Did the Iraqis have any say about the US Embassy in Baghdad ?
The invasion of Iraq resulted in the deaths of nearly 100,000 Iraqis. And the US has built an Embassy, the size of the Vatican, in the heart of Baghdad. Isn't that more of a symbol of domination ? Rather than an Islamic cultural center in Manhattan ? Anyone asked the millions of Iraqi refugees what they thought about the US Embassy in Baghdad ?

willy   August 19th, 2010 5:26 pm ET

I am a Muslim, i am against terror.

Gerald Jolly   August 19th, 2010 5:54 pm ET


And be done with the contreversy!

IKHAN   August 19th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Hi Larry,
this Islamic Community Center is a non-issue deliberately whipped up into controversy by politicians & vested interests who wouldn't just let go.

@Stan Engleton
rightly said. Sensitivity is not just our domain.
why do folks forget or pretend as if they do not know, that the people who suffered the most since the 9/11 attack are the Muslims. Besides the fact that among the grieving families of 9/11 victims are Muslim families also.
As a part of rebuilding lower Manhattan this project of a Community Center must proceed forward for the sake of Liberty, Freedom, Peace & Harmony.

WRB   August 19th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

By building that mosque, Muslims are just asking for trouble.

Khaled   August 19th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

Sensitivity is not just the domain of the victims of 9/11.
why do folks forget or pretend as if they do not know, that the people who suffered the most since the 9/11 attack are the Muslims. People, AMERICANS, attacked muslims on the streets. As if attack them would make 9/11 disappear. Those people are savage, ignorant excuse for humans, they don't even know why 9/11 happened. Besides the fact that among the grieving families of 9/11 victims are Muslim families also.
As a part of rebuilding lower Manhattan this project of a Community Center must proceed forward for the sake of Liberty, Freedom, Peace & Harmony. All those families are just being dramatic, thanks to the media and politicians ect. People are protesting and making a buzz, about it, the families are grieving, that is tragic. But blaming innocent people and a religion being falsy accused by ignorance and people with ignorance is just wrong and not American

WRB   August 19th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

Mr IKHAN, i'm shocked, think about what you're saying Muslims killing Muslims, does that make you understand ISLAM better?

anthony   August 20th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

The controversy over a comment President Obama expressed is getting way out of hand.How unfortunate,we the citizens and our public officials are all jumping on the ban wagon.The President,as I've watched him.No where did I ever hear him expressing himself in support or in favor of a mosque.The only thing I clearly recall is him expressing the constitutional rights of muslims who are citizens of The United States.It kinda reminded me of a heard of buffalos going over a cliff, all in the name of assumption.As we all know to assume is to make an ass of you and me.........Go back and review the tapes.

IKHAN   August 20th, 2010 7:03 pm ET

Hi Larry,
about time this topic and non-issue is put to rest.
Politicians and vested interests are trying to engage this nation in this controversy so that we do not focus on real issue. Wars, economy. jobs, deficit & myriad others.
The effort is to somehow garner votes in the coming election on the basis of these non issues. Racism, religious persecution would now be the American way?

9/11 was the catalyst for the violence death & destruction and the atmosphere of hate we now see enveloping a major part of our world. The wars that erupted. Not on this scale & magnitude before 9/11.
Who are suffering the most, Muslims and not necessarily at the hands of Muslims.
And who benefited the most? Not America, not Islam or the Islamic countries or the Muslim population. Go figure.
Its not about understanding Islam , it has been there for thousands of years like Christianity & is followed by billion plus folks.
This is about understanding the truth & who are the forces behind this crafted clash of civilizations or religions.
To this day we do not know for sure who destroyed Twin Towers.
For your kind info a surprising number of those in our military, intelligence, law enforcement, aviation, the first responders, architects & engineers do not believe for a moment that Twin Towers were brought down by just those two planes crashing into the buildings.
Some senior pilots & others in the aviation do not think that those alleged 'hijackers' could have flown those big planes at that altitude. Go check with the prominent Californian architect Richard Gage and almost ten thousand other professionals and students of engineering who want the investigation reopened into 9/11 attacks.

RG   August 22nd, 2010 12:25 pm ET

Cajazz76:24:8 – First and foremost, I do support freedom of religion and would support the construction of a mosque in most locations, unlike many Islamic nation states that do not allow the construction of Christian, Jewish, Hindi, or Buddhist places of worship.

However, I did not support the name, nor the planned location, and question the purpose of the Cordoba House – now referred to as Park51. Do you know what the name Córdoba represents to the Muslim faith?

Córdoba is a city in southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. During the middle ages it was conquered and became the capital of the Caliphate of Córdoba. During this time Cordoba was one of the largest cities in the world. The name Córdoba continues to represent a symbol of Islamic conquest to many faithful Muslims around the world.

Perhaps the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf didn't realize the historical significance – we'll never know for sure.

The Caliphate of Córdoba governed almost all of the Iberian Peninsula. It has been estimated that in the latter half of the tenth century Córdoba, with up to 500,000 inhabitants, was then the most populated city in Europe and, perhaps, in the world. Sound familiar – New York, perhaps?

Today we face a global Insurgency that employs an asymmetric form of warfare, conducted in an unconventional warfare environment. Many insurgencies do succeed and we need not look too far to cite examples of their success against the French in Algeria, the United States in Vietnam, and the British in Palestine.
To many insurgents, including the terro-guerrilla Islamo-Fascists responsible for 9/11, their success is defined as the eventual overthrow of the government and its replacement by the insurgent movement and cause; it is also defined as insurgents gaining conciliation from the government more favorable to their cause than prior to the insurgency.
Radical Islamic ideology of the Islamo-Facists is shaped primarily from the writings and thoughts come from three key Islamic theologians: Ibn Taymiyya, Sayyid Qutb, and Al Mauddudi. These works have become the cornerstone of their religious indoctrination for new recruits. Osama Bin Laden espouses their thoughts and writings and ensures that all Al Qaeda operatives teach these to new recruits.
Soon these teachings will add a new chapter to their Al Qaeda Manual, an entry on their success in New York City through the conciliation of Mayer Bloomberg and the development of the Cordoba House as their symbol of conquest!
Finally, I question the intended purpose of the mosque – To cultivate multicultural and multifaith understanding across minds and borders. However, given the degree of public outrage for the planned mosque, one truly attempting to cultivate multi-cultural and multi-faith unity, understanding, and harmony would surley see fit to examine an alternate location – given that the exact opposite of the intended outcome or effect has occurred. Yet Rauf's wife, Daisy Kahn stated, "dropping the plan is definitely not an option at all."
To all who unwittingly further the Islamo-Fascist's view of success at 9/11 – please read and learn before citing your uninformed "feel-good" opinions that enable the creation of insurgent symbols of Islamic conquest and future recruitment.
Recommmended readings include Joint Special Operations University's handbook entitled "Operationalizing COIN" and US Army Field Manual 3-24, "Counterinsurgency Operations."

IKHAN   August 23rd, 2010 1:02 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Good morning folks.

Its clear that the Islamophobic Fasicsm is spreading its tentacles & trying to make inroads into the collective psyche of the Americans, Propaganda & fear mongering are some of the tactics they are employing as with any fascist movement. Not realizing in their ill motivated frenzy that they are in fact starting an inurgency against the spirit of America & its Constitution.
That they are in fact joining hands with those handful of terrorists who want this war against terrorism to be portrayed as war against Islam so that their campaign is perpetuated.
Once we shift focus from those insurgents & isolate them & turn this war into a 'crusade' we can forget winning it ever & would commit the unforgivable crime of leaving a world as place of death & destruction for our coming generations.
These poor sobs blinded by hate do not even know that Imam Rauf who leads this project of the Community Center in lower Manhattan stands for what Al Qaeda fears the most, the true & moderate face of Islam.
In fact it was President Bush, not Obama , who patronized the Imam & they worked closely to promote interfaith harmony. That President bush was an arrogant idiot who landed us into the mess we are in today is a given, but to his credit he was the President who despite his 'crusade' gaffe did try to keep out religion from our fight against terrorism.
Politicians & opponents of President Obama are licking their chops & smacking lips over this juicy morsel. What better way to whip up emotions playing the 9/11 card come its anniversary.
Citing military manuals to further their propaganda is laughable. If this project is shelved or moved that would be a success for AlQaeda & their backers.

Rosemarie Powell   August 25th, 2010 6:28 pm ET

What party is going to be strong enough to bring Colin Slack Home....The Democrats...or ......Republicans????? I can hardly wait for the elections!!!!

Rosemarie Powell   August 29th, 2010 5:57 am ET

Colin in his Moms arms. It must be so painful for COLIN to be motherless. We know how much he must be dreaming, crying secretly and silently for his Mommy's hugs and kisses.
This is an endorsed form of legal child abuse!

Rosemarie Powell   September 1st, 2010 1:59 am ET

Patricia Wry Erickson " HEY! I always liked Canada our beautiful neighbor to the north. But I have learned that an American child has been taken from his mother in Texas by his cowardly father to Canada. He is hidding there keeping this child from his mother who was awarded custody by the US courts. Now Canadian officials determined to rule a......gainst American custody laws are preventing the mother from retrieving her son. Further upon ariving in Canada she was singled out at customs and terrorized. Now I ask you is this any way for a friend and neighbor to act? A mother simply wants her son back, this is not a border issue, it is a primal mother issue. A human issue! COLIN SLACK needs to be returned to his mother Canadian officials need to do the right thing and respect and uphold the desicion of the judge in this ruling!
Please ask your government to do the right thing."

Rosemarie Powell   September 1st, 2010 11:54 am ET

Patricia Wry Erickson "Ok Momma Grizzley I hope you and the other moms are reading. It has come to my attention that a fellow American and mom Donica Slack has had her beautiful son Colin Slack abducted. After winning custody of Colin in a Texas court hearing her X husband took the child and ran to Canada and is now hidding out at his paren...t...s home. Armed with her court order Colin's mother went to retrieve her son only to be chased down by the coward and the Candian police who then took the child from his mothers arms and told her that the paperwork was as usless as kleenex!
Upon return to Canada for a custody hearing she was singled out at customs and terrorized by Canadian officials and almost made late to her court date. Which I might add was a joke because Donica's Lawyer was a friend of her X husbands laywer and her husband was granted temporary custody!

Rosemarie Powell   September 1st, 2010 3:45 pm ET

Katarina Azab "I am so sorry I know exactly how Donica feel as u know my son was abducted by egyptian father.More like one year I didnt see him even I ma allt he time in Egypt.I am not American but what about protest in front of Canadian embassy.I start t...o be proud of my little country Slovakia.Last week every paper...s in Slovakia wrote about my case and next week will be protest in front of egytpian embassy in Slovakia.Some celebraties of my country, family and many bring Adam back and reunite him with mother.In many cases protest helped .Especially help me in this matter Slovak union of women".

You should be very proud of your country and your people. I envy other countries the way they stand for their citizens. I wish we were that lucky here in USA.

Eric   September 8th, 2010 8:37 pm ET

Question for the Imam

Do you condemn the killing of Israeli citizens prior to the peace talks.

Do you condemn the indescriminate shelling of Israel by Hamas

Do you condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization

Do you condemn the stoning/whipping of the Iranian woman.

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