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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.

Micropolis

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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Micropolis

Nancy Pelosi Takes On Mosque Opponents

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Asked about the project by local reporters in California, Pelosi said the mosque is a local issue, and added that she thinks the funding of the mosque opposition needs to be investigated.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Family Ties

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Colleen Kelly, co-founder of September 11th Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th, and Peter Gadiel, Founder of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America Foundation, on how 9/11 families and their opinions are portrayed in the media.

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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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WNYC News

Obama Clarifies Remarks on Islamic Cultural Center

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The president this weekend expanded on a statement he made Friday evening when he said that Muslims have the same right to freedom of religion as everyone else in America.

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WNYC News

Obama Speaks Out in Favor of Mosque Near Ground Zero

Friday, August 13, 2010

At a White House dinner Friday evening, the president said that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else. He said that includes the right to build a place of worship on private property in lower Manhattan.

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WNYC News

Celebrations for End of Ramadan Will Likely Be Muted This Year

Friday, August 13, 2010

The month of Ramadan is underway, and a local Muslim leader says most New York Muslims likely won't celebrate the holiday that marks its end as robustly as they normally do. That's because Eid al-Fitr falls around 9/11 this year.

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Micropolis

Fareed Zakaria and The Mosque

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I caught Fareed Zakaria on Charlie Rose Tuesday night.

CHARLIE ROSE: Your parents are Muslim?

FAREED ZAKARIA: Yes, and I was brought up that way. I am just not a particularly religious person. I think I sealed my fate when I became the wine critic for "Slate" magazine.

CHARLIE ROSE: That will do it.

I found that exchange pretty funny, but also illuminating, given that Zakaria could be considered one of the most famous Muslims in America, and by his own account, he's a MINO: Muslim in Name Only.

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WNYC News

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.

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WNYC News

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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WNYC News

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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WNYC News

Mosque at Ground Zero Would Need Landmarks Approval

Monday, May 24, 2010

City officials say a plan for a mosque just blocks from ground zero will need the approval of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission. They say 45 Park Place was built in the 1850's and is both historically and architecturally significant. The building used to house the Burlington Coat Factory. The ...

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