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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,…

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…

Residents cheer as Kentucky town rejects mosque

Town was site of historic 1896 ‘race war’ For Mayfield’s zoning board, it was about parking spaces. For the 250 residents of this western Kentucky town who reportedly cheered when the zoning board rejected a building permit for a new mosque, it was clearly about something else. On Tuesday night,…

Fox News shareholder funded ‘Ground Zero mosque’ imam: report

The second largest shareholder in News Corp. — the parent company of Fox News — has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes linked to the imam planning to build a Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, says a report from Yahoo!News. According to the…

Obama: ‘No regrets’ over comments on NYC mosque

Obama says he has ‘no regrets’ over his comments on controversial mosque near ground zero Despite criticism from Republicans and others, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he has “no regrets” over the comments he made about the right of Muslims to build an Islamic center near the former site of…

Reid: Build mosque elsewhere

Reid says he supports mosque, not at ground zero The Senate’s top Democrat says a mosque should not be built near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada on Monday became the highest profile Democrat to break with President Barack Obama, who on Friday…

Cornyn: NYC mosque will be an election issue

President Barack Obama stepped forcefully into the debate over the “Ground Zero mosque” Friday with an impassioned defense of freedom of religion. One Republican senator says the president has now made this an election issue. Sen. John Cornyn told Fox News’ Bret Baier that voters would “render their verdict” in…

Study: Build mosques to prevent Islamic radicalism

The efforts by some groups to prevent the construction of mosques could backfire, suggests a recent study that urges the building of Muslim community centers and mosques as a way of preventing Islamic radicalism. The two-year-long study (PDF), which was brought to public attention in Sunday’s New York Times, states…

Pat Robertson’s group sues to stop mosque near NY’s ground zero

A conservative advocacy group founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson is suing to try to block a planned Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero. The mosque proposal has become a fulcrum for balancing religious freedom and the legacy of the Sept. 11 attacks. It would be two blocks…

Ground Zero mosque project clears major obstacle

Ambitious plans to build a mosque next to New York’s Ground Zero cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday when a local commission voted to remove the existing structure on the site from a protected list. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously in favor of an application to end the protected…

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