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ABC, Spain

Cordoba House: The 'Impossible Mosque'

 

"New York has many mosques, and that demonstrates that people there aren't bothered by mosques in and of themselves, but by the decision to build one on the same site where a criminal attack was carried out by fanatics who saw themselves as defenders of Islam. The best way to show that Islam doesn't defend this mass murder would be to build the mosque somewhere else."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Miguel Gutierrez

 

August 18, 2010

 

Spain - ABC - Original Article (Spanish)

Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, has traveled the world to talk to moderate Muslims on behalf of the U.S. State Department. He now finds himself ensconsed in a fierce battle to prevent his initiative from being completed.  

BBC NEWS AUDIO: Obama's 'mosque dilemma,' Aug. 18, 00:02:49RealVideo

If the objective of building the "Cordoba House" mosque near Ground Zero is to contribute to understanding and the coexistence of religions, from that point of view it is already a complete failure. The intense dispute that the project has engendered on the ground has shifted into the political arena, where the GOP offensive against the meaning of erecting a religious complex in such a place has found strong popular support. So much so that the party of the president and even a figure as important as Harry Reid, the Democratic leader of the Senate, has backed the overwhelming sentiment of the people and expressed his opposition to the site. Without prejudging the fine line that separates tolerance and the free exercise of religion, if built at Ground Zero, the mosque would be fraught with symbolism that will be a long way from defending the principles that its advocates claim to defend. The same Barack Obama has realized that he couldn't openly support the plan, because while it satisfied some, it caused pain and indignation for many others, which confirms that the president would have been better off thinking more deeply, before his words implied that he supported an idea that deeply divides U.S. society.

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SEE ALSO ON THIS:

ABC, Spain: The Mosque Near Ground Zero: A Case of Insensitivity

La Opinion de Zemora, Spain: Cordoba House and 'Hussein of Yankeeland'

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: The Poison Behind the Ground Zero Mosque Furore

The Telegraph, U.K.: The Depressing Debacle of 'Ground Zero Mosque'

BBC News, U.K.: Mosque Dispute Exposes Obama on Two Sides

 

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New York has many mosques, and that demonstrates that people there aren't bothered by mosques in and of themselves, but by the decision to build one on the same site where a criminal attack was carried out by fanatics who saw themselves as defenders of Islam. The best way to show that Islam doesn't defend this mass murder would be to build the mosque somewhere else.

 

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