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WNYC's complete coverage of the plan to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque, also known as the Park51 Project, two blocks from the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.

WNYC News

Imam Rauf Ordered to Make Fixes to Union City Apartment

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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The Imam behind the proposed Lower Manhattan Islamic Center is being ordered by a New Jersey judge to prove he's fixing numerous  problems at an apartment building he owns in Union City.

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Micropolis

Anti-Defamation League's New Interfaith Coalition on Mosques

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Anti-Defamation League caused a firestorm when it came out in opposition to the Islamic Center near Ground Zero. It claimed, with a rationale that has become common among critics, that while the developers had the right to build there, it was not right to build there. Many people in the interfaith community felt ADL had betrayed its core values.

Last week, the ADL surprised a few more people by announcing creation of an Interfaith Coalition on Mosques. From the release:

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WNYC News

The NEXT New York Conversation: Homegrown Terror, Alienation and Prejudice Against Muslims

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

This summer's vitriolic debate over a downtown Islamic center and mosque has made clear that some Americans - and even New Yorkers - struggle to distinguish between the vast majority of Muslims and a few violent extremists.  So WNYC invited New York's police commissioner, a forensic psychiatrist who studies terrorists, and leaders within the Muslim community to join the Next New York Conversation: a one-hour special from the Greene Space exploring diverse perspectives on the roots of homegrown terror, alienation, and prejudice against Muslims. 

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WNYC News

Imam Behind Islamic Cultural Center Remains Evasive About Park51's Future

Monday, September 13, 2010

The imam spoke before a crowd for the first time since returning from a two-month trip abroad. He addressed members of the media and the Council on Foreign Relations, but he left plenty of questions unanswered.

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WQXR News

Imam Behind Islamic Cultural Center Speaks Out, but Offers Few Answers

Monday, September 13, 2010

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf did admit that if he had known the planned development would result in such a furor, he wouldn't have chosen to build at that site and might have had different stakeholders in this project.

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On 9/11 Anniversary, Competing Protests Near Ground Zero

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Who had the bigger turnout?

That's the issue I'm grappling with right now -- whether there were more people at the rally and march supporting Park 51, or the rally just a couple blocks away opposing it. A few weeks ago, there was no question that opponents outnumbered supporters, perhaps two (or even three) to one, and had a far more sophisticated setup: a proper stage and soundsystem from which rock music blared, and a crowd armed with eye-catching signs. The supporters, on the other hand, had just a handheld megaphone and a stool that speakers stood on, to address the crowd.

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Where New York Leaders Stand on the Islamic Cultural Center

Friday, September 10, 2010

The issue of whether or not there should be an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center is one of the most politically contentious issues of this election season. The opinions of New York's public figures run the gamut from strong support to solid opposition.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Park51: Daisy Khan

Friday, September 10, 2010

Daisy Khan, executive director and co-founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), talks about the controversy surrounding the proposed Park51 community center and mosque near the WTC site.

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Florida Reverend Stands Down from Quran Burning

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reverend Terry Jones, leader of the Dove World Outreach Center, a tiny Pentecostal church in Gainesville, has backed down from his plan to burn the Quran. Reverend Jones’ plan to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of September 11th lit an international firestorm. Now Reverend Jones says he will not burn any Qurans – and he doesn’t think anyone else should, either.

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The Takeaway

Florida Pastor Ends Campaign to Burn Qurans

Friday, September 10, 2010

Few legal boundaries stood between Florida Pastor Terry Jones and his plans to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

While most of the world voiced dismay at Pastor Jones' political statement, fearing it would incite violence and radicalize religious extremists overseas, Jones argued that was demonstrating against what he calls the extremism of Islam. Yesterday, the pastor decided to call off his campaign to burn the sacred text after reaching what he said was an "agreement" to meet with the people planning an Islamic cultural center and mosque near ground zero.

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Daisy Khan: Reaction to Park51 'Un-American,' Muslim Community At Risk

Friday, September 10, 2010

This is the fate of the Muslim community, you know. Our entire future is at risk here. So many mosques have been under attack since this project was announced.  And the Muslim community is taking this very seriously and taking a real pause. You know this is Ramadan. And our Ramadan has not been the same.

- Daisy Khan, co-founder of the Park51 mosque and community center, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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WNYC News

9/11 Anniversary Brings Islamic Center Supporters and Opponents to the Streets

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Both supporters and opponents of the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero plan to take to the streets this weekend as Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

The proposed development, known as Park51, has brought about significant controversy in New York City and across the country.

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WQXR News

Trump Makes Offer on Building at Center of Controversy Near WTC

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Donald Trump is stepping into the fray over the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque.

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The World Responds to Mosque Near Ground Zero

Thursday, September 09, 2010

This summer, city-backed plans to build an interfaith community center and mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero sparked an international debate.  Although there are nuances to the arguments, one side clearly feels that building a mosque near the site of the September 11th attacks is an affront to the victims; on the other hand, supporters say that there is no reason to block the plans, beyond simple “Islamophobia.” 

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Micropolis

Imam Feisal: Onward

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Just in case you missed it, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf emerged from his two-month silence on Park 51 with this op-ed in the NYT:

We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House. More important, we are doing so with the support of the downtown community, government at all levels and leaders from across the religious spectrum, who will be our partners. I am convinced that it is the right thing to do for many reasons.

 

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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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WNYC News

Bloomberg Defends Right of Florida Church to Burn Koran

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending the right of a Florida church to burn copies of the Koran on September 11. He called the decision by Pastor Terry Jones and the Dove World Outreach Center "distasteful," but said they had a right to do it.

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Whether You're For or Against Park51, Ditch the Signs, Wave a Flag

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Regardless of one's politics, among the most arresting images from the whole Park51 furor was the sign that proclaimed "SHARIA." Waved about by many opponents of Park51, its dripping, blood red letters made clear that for some, this controversy has little to do with real estate or proximity to Ground Zero. The larger fear is that radical Islam is plotting a stealth invasion of this country.

But this time, signs are a no-no.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rick Lazio: Campaigning for Governor

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Rick Lazio, former congressman (R-NY2), who is running for Republican nomination for New York governor, discusses his bid to get the Republican nomination for governor in the September 14th primary.

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WNYC News

Call for a Truce Over Park51 Debate

Friday, September 03, 2010

Some family members of September 11 victims want a truce on the debate over the Islamic cultural center when the ninth anniversary of the attacks comes around next week.

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