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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

Paterson: No Need to Apologize for Remarks on Sufi Muslims

Monday, August 30, 2010

Gov. David Paterson says he doesn't need to apologize to Muslim groups who criticized him and his defense of a branch of Islam seeking to build a mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero.

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Features

Two Blocks From Ground Zero: Scenes of Everyday Life

Friday, August 27, 2010

These days, if you're down around the site of the planned Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, you might find a few protesters. But mostly you'll find a New York neighborhood going about its usual business.

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WNYC News

Why Muslim Americans Have Been Reluctant to Show Support for Park51

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Are hate crimes against Muslims preventing them from taking to the streets in support of Park51, the Islamic cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site? According to activists and demonstrators, violence and hate speech are among several reasons Muslims have not been as visible in their support for the project.

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Digesting Politics Podcast

Digesting Politics: Politicizing Cordoba's Park51, Primary Battles, Republican Voter Turnout

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How Cordoba Initiative's planned Islamic center and mosque in Downtown Manhattan is influencing the race for New York governor, the juggling for identity in the crowded field of Democratic candidates for New York attorney general, plus the latest on various local and national political stories as WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah talk politics over lunch.

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The Takeaway

Islamophobia On the Rise?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

On Wednesday, Michael Enright, 21, a college student who had just returned from doing volunteer work in Afghanistan, was charged with using a tool to slash the neck and face of a New York City taxi driver after the driver told Enright he was a Muslim.

Police have deemed the attack a hate crime — and the suspect is being held without bail on charges of attempted murder and assault. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance has recommended that its members refrain from talking about religion with their customers, and Muslim cab drivers aren't the only ones worried that the debate over the Islamic Cultural Center, Park 51, has brought on a new wave of "Islamophobia."

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WNYC News

Driving While Muslim: Taxi Driver Slashed in Alleged Bias Attack

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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A 21-year-old college senior has been charged with attempted murder and assault as a hate crime for allegedly slashing the face and neck of a Muslim taxi driver.

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WNYC News

New Coalition Forms to Support Park51

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Groups backing Park51, the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site, have formed a coalition they're calling New York Neighbors for American Values.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Park 51 Context: Imam Rauf's Comments on American Mideast Policy

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Comments about American policy in the Middle East that Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf made in the aftermath of 9/11 are stirring the controversy over the proposed mosque and cultural center near ground zero. Kenneth Adelman, member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board under George W. Bush and former director of arms control under Ronald Reagan, revisits the conversation about US policy that took place after 9/11 and helps put the Imam's comments into context.

→ Watch Videos We Played Today: Bush Speech on Iraq and Middle East (11/6/2003) | Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf on 60 Minutes

→ Complete WNYC Coverage of the Park51 Development

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Micropolis

Coalition Aims to Build Support for Park51

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

At this weekend's dueling rallies over the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero, this much was clear: The opposition to the project is larger and much better organized. In addition to having at least double the turnout of supporters, opponents had a stage and soundsystem and proper, printed signs that conveyed something to people watching on their TV sets, anywhere in the world.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Park51: Center of a Storm

Monday, August 23, 2010

WNYC Reporter Arun Venugopal reports on the dueling rallies held Sunday over the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque in lower Manhattan and Bobby Ghosh, senior editor at Time Magazine, talks about the role anti-Muslim sentiment plays in the opposition to Park51 development.

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WNYC News

Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque Draws Competing Rallies in Lower Manhattan

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Separated by just a couple of blocks and a vigilant police force, supporters and opponents of the proposed Park51 development rallied simultaneously on Sunday in hopes of influencing the public debate over the Islamic cultural center and mosque. The rally against the project was the more sophisticated of the two events, boasting a stage and sound system from which Bruce Springsteen and various country hits blared. The other rally, supporting Park51, was organized by a coalition of anti-war and socialist groups, but drew unaffiliated individuals and some Muslims as well. Many of them said the opposition to the mosque was borne of Islamophobia.

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WNYC News

Organizers of Islamic Cultural Center Speak Out

Friday, August 20, 2010

Daisy Khan, head of the American Society for Muslim Advancement -- and one of the organizers of a proposed Islamic mosque and cultural center near the World Trade Center site -- says dropping the plan is not an option. The developers of Park51 also said Friday that they never had plans to meet with Gov. David Paterson to discuss his offer to help find a site other than the planned location.

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WNYC News

Dueling Rallies Scheduled Near Proposed Islamic Cultural Center

Friday, August 20, 2010

The controversy over a proposed Islamic cultural center is bringing dozens of tourists and locals to Lower Manhattan, to a dingy stretch of Park Place to see where it would be built. In some cases, seeing the former Burlington Coat Factory building up close is changing people's minds about the seriousness of the issue.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Lower Manhattan Residents on Park51

Friday, August 20, 2010

The controversy over the proposed development of the Park51 Islamic cultural center continues, with voices from around the country weighing in. But what about those who live within a few blocks of the proposed site? We take calls from lower Manhattan residents.

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The Takeaway

New Yorkers Split on Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan

Friday, August 20, 2010

Whether they are families of September 11 victims or just normal New Yorkers, a recent poll showed that the city is split over Park 51, the Islamic cultural center and mosque proposed a few blocks from Ground Zero, in lower Manhattan. Two-thirds of New Yorkers are against it, and less than one-third in favor. Mid-term election candidates have made the center an election issue, with politicians defending it as a First Amendment right or demanding that the city prevent the construction by taking over the site via "eminent domain." With all the controversy, emotions are running high. 

If you could decide whether or not the center were built at that location, how would you make your decision?

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The Takeaway

New York Gov. David Paterson on the Proposed Islamic Center in Manhattan

Friday, August 20, 2010

The 9th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is coming up next month – and Ground Zero is once again a center of religious controversy. The current flashpoint is a planned $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque, scheduled to be built by private investors two blocks from the World Trade Center site. Last week, President Obama weighed in, saying Muslims have the right to build the religious center; many Republicans have sharply criticized the plans.

Amidst the controversy New York’s Governor David Paterson, has said moving the proposed 'Park 51 Center' to a location away from Ground Zero would be “magic moment” for him.

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WNYC News

Debate Over Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque Continues

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New York Gov. David Paterson says support is growing for his proposal of a land swap to move a proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque away from its site two blocks from the World Trade Center. Speaking this morning on WOR Radio, the governor encouraged developers to take up his idea.

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WNYC News

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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WQXR News

Obama: 'No Regrets' on Mosque Comments; Majority of NYers Oppose Project

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A majority of New Yorkers say they oppose the project, but support the developers' right to build.

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