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9/11 family support group slams ‘disrespect’ of Sept. 11 NYC mosque protest

A protest organized by an inflammatory right-wing blogger and planned for New York’s Ground Zero on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks appears to have severely tweaked the leader of a 9/11 family support group, who sent out an open letter on Tuesday castigating the organizer’s “disrespect” for those…

In poll of New Yorkers, 71 percent want mosque ‘voluntarily’ built elsewhere

New York voters overwhelmingly do not want a mosque to be built near the New York City site of the September 11, 2011 terrorist strikes, according to a new poll out Tuesday. By a 71-21 percent margin, those surveyed by Quinnipiac University agreed that the project’s backers “should voluntarily build…

NYC community board head wants interfaith center

The chairwoman of the community board that voted for a proposal to put a mosque near ground zero says an interfaith center should be added. Julie Menin says an interfaith center along with the mosque would help reduce the controversy over the project. She says a space shared by Muslims,…

Ground zero mosque may get tax-free, public financing

The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy. The Democratic comptroller’s spokesman, Scott Sieber, said Liu supported the project. The…

New York groups demonstrate in favor of mosque

A coalition that includes relatives of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks staged a demonstration Wednesday in support of a plan to build a mosque near the attack site in lower Manhattan. The group, calling itself “New York Neighbors for American Values,” gathered Wednesday near “Ground Zero” and the…

Supporters: Church ignored in NYC mosque furor

Supporters say church destroyed on 9/11 is being ignored in furor over mosque near ground zero Supporters of a Greek Orthodox church destroyed on Sept. 11 say officials willing to speak out about a planned community center and mosque near ground zero have been silent on efforts to get the…

Imam’s wife: Mosque opposition like ‘metastasized anti-Semitism’

Lower Manhattan mosque part of ‘Americanization’ of Islam, Daisy Khan says The wife of the imam behind the Cordoba House Muslim community center in Manhattan says the opposition to its construction goes “beyond Islamophobia,” likening it to a “metastasized anti-Semitism.” “We are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized…

Grayson slams mosque ‘distraction’: Talk about admin that ‘let’ 9/11 happen instead

The debate over a planned Islamic community center several blocks from New York City’s World Trade Center site is a “distraction,” according to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). Instead, the debate should shift in focus to an examination of the administration which “let it happen.” ‘It,’ of course, being the attacks…

Stewart: ‘Is Fox News a terrorist command center?’

In a recent Fox News segment, panelist Eric Bolling held up a card claiming to show links between Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the mosque near Ground Zero, and Hamas and Iran. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart responded by using the same guilt-by-association technique to link Fox News to…

Fox News spends just 10 minutes on Iraq exit, focuses instead on NYC mosque

MSNBC, CNN dedicate an hour or more to end of Iraq combat operations Nowhere was the difference between the cable news networks on starker display than in prime-time coverage on the night the last American combat brigade left Iraq following a war that started seven years and five months ago.…

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