Cordoba House

The Takeaway

Imam Behind Embattled 'Ground Zero' Islamic Center Speaks Out

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf announced in an op-ed in today's New York Times, referring to the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan that critics deride as the "ground zero mosque." On the eve of the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Rauf acknowledged the controversy that has polarized Americans and drawn the attention of Muslims all over the world. Rauf says he is "sensitive to the feelings of the families of victims of 9/11," but adds that the Cordoba House will be "a center for unification and healing."

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NY Archbishop Weighs in on Mosque Debate

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan says his "major prayer" is that both sides in the debate over a proposed mosque and and community center blocks from the World Trade Center site can have a "respectful discussion" over plans.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Eminent Domain to Seize Islamic Cultural Center Land?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is airing an ad in which he claims that he would "use the power of eminent domain to stop the mosque." 

Opponents of Cordoba House – would you like the state to seize the private property to halt the Islamic Center?

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Poll: New Yorkers Support the Mosque, Even as They Oppose It

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Most of the coverage of today's Siena poll has focused on the large majority of New York voters -- 63%-- that opposes the mosque near Ground Zero. That's even higher than last week's Marist poll, which showed 53% opposition.

But even more interesting than that first question is the follow-up, focusing on constitutionality.

Regardless of whether you personally support or oppose the proposal to build the Cordoba House, do you believe the developers of the Cordoba House have a Constitutional right to proceed with the construction of the mosque and Muslim cultural center or not?

The answers to that question were eye-opening: 64% of voters overall said the developers have the right to build there. That includes 67% of Dems and 56% of Republicans.

When I asked him to reconcile that dichotomy, Steve Greenberg, the Siena pollster, said, "The majority of New Yorkers are saying 'I don't want to see it built there, but they have the right to build it there.' I sort of think it's analogous to the old saying, 'I don't like what you're saying, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.'"

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Center of Controversy

Monday, August 16, 2010

Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D-8th) who represents Lower Manhattan, comments on the plans to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero.

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From Outreach to Outrage: The Story Behind the Ground Zero Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

They thought about creating a Muslim Y. They ended up with a national controversy about September 11th and freedom of religion. That's more or less the story behind the project to build a Muslim cultural center and mosque close to Ground Zero. So what happened? Anne Barnard wrote about that in Wednesday's New York Times, and joined WNYC's Amy Eddings to talk about it.



Bloomberg Dismisses Gov. Paterson's Mosque Proposal

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Standing next to Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday dismissed the governor's proposal to resolve public outcry over a proposed mosque near Ground Zero by offering developers state land if they move the project.

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Governor Paterson Offers Alternative Space for Ground Zero Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gov. David Paterson is offering developers of an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero state land, if they agree to move the mosque further away from the World Trade Center site.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Controversial Mosque Plans

Monday, August 09, 2010

The proposed Islamic cultural center at the WTC site isn't the only plan surrounded by controversy. Sumathi Reddy, reporter for the Wall Street Journal's Greater New York section, is keeping tabs on opposition to mosques in other NYC neighborhoods, including Sheepshead Bay and Midland Beach. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

WTC Muslim Community Center

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Daisy Khan, executive director and co-founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), talks about the controversy surrounding the proposed Muslim Community Center at the WTC site.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mosque Near Ground Zero

Friday, May 28, 2010

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), and Daisy Khan, executive director of the ASMA, discuss plans to have a mosque and Muslim community center near Ground Zero.

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