August 16th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Ban Mosques in America?: Join the Live Chat

There's growing political fallout from Pres. Obama's comments on the Islamic Center / Mosque planned near Ground Zero in New York. Plus, you'll meet a man who says he speaks for a lot of Americans. He's against the center and says there should be no more mosques in America. Anywhere. Plus, we're tracking the growing health crisis due to the massive flooding in Pakistan and tonight's other headlines.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Samantha C

    Bryan Fischer made me lose my hope in humanity. How is it possible to support Muslims but not Islam? That's like saying I support Christians but not Christianity...

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  2. Emily

    Why are they not talking about the fact that it is not perceptually & morally correct?

    Just because you can do something, doesn't mean it's the ethical or moral thing to do...

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I'm tired of people trying to make this a Republican bigotry thing. Even Harry Reid is saying build it elsewhere. Most Americans feel the same. It isn't a question of 'rights', it's a question of judgement and sensitivity.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Stephanie

    Mike: The poll asked people to respond to this statement:

    " As you know, a group of Muslims in the US plan to build a mosque in New York City two blocks from where the Trade Center used to be. "

    A very loaded statement and taken on Wed, August 11 TWO days before CNN states that President Obama spoke.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Kristin

    I am Wondering who "this group" is that keeps being referred to...is this mosque being built by jihadists? Who is behind the build? To assume that a mosque indicates something dark and violent is pure ignorance.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Syed

    Islam is a religion of Peace.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Roger

    James Carville just made a good point.

    We were not atacked by Islam; we were attacked by El Quada.

    All members of El Quada were muslims; not all muslims are members of that group.

    To be fair we must make the distinction.

    Have a good day. 🙂

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  8. Eliot

    Could someone explain to me what Bryan Fisher means when he says he loves Muslims but he hates Islam? That seems like a contradiction.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Chaney, La.

    Mike@ I do not know where the 70% comes from I havent been polled, and no one I know has been. The mosque is 2 blocks away from Ground Zero.....this argument has gotten totally out of control and it has been done by politicians, commentators and other entities. It is grossly unfair...

    August 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  10. Chris

    Everyone fully understands the proposed site is not ground zero. However, sensitivity suggests perhaps the other side of the island.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  11. Naijla

    I wonder if these people who accuse Islam of being a violent religion have actually read and studied the Holy Qur'an. Try seeing things from a Muslim's perspective instead of constantly criticizing people you don't really know.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  12. mike

    how about not allowing any places of worship in the area?

    August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  13. sharon

    Would the Islamic countries allow us to build a Cathedral?

    August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Curt

    Not sure about this Bryan Fischer guy....says Christians are peaceful. He should check history....the Knights Templar were the first religious warriors who went to war for religion. They were financed by the Church. And let's not forget the ongong elephant in the room – the sexual issues the Catholic church has to face. Not war....but equally violent – definitely not peaceful

    August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Anna

    I would like to know why they want to build the Mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero and not elsewhere in New York.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Mary

    My husband and I lived with the muslim people for two years, we are christians. We found them to be good people and not what the terrorists were. I think we have to seperate ourselves from the thought that all muslims are terrorists, they ARE NOT. We have had muslims living in the US for many years and have this one incident of destruction, lets try to be Christians and look at them with respect, not as terrorists.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Rebecca

    Hello Everyone! Greetings from Taiwan!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Gina Cetto

    I agree with the President's position that it is Constitutional to build a Mosque near ground zero. However, just becuase we can do something Constitutionally does not mean that we should. It is insensitive to the families of 9-11.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Tracy Brown - Canada

    Mike – the proposed site is not at ground zero.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Brad Ohio

    Good evening Sanjay and everyone (and AC wherever you are!)

    It seems the President's remarks Friday should have iterrated that which the followup did, when he said he was being very specific....typical, political 2 step rhetoric!

    I think that all religions have their darker factions, which are not the rule but the exception. I do believe the location is insensative to the 9/11 tragedy, and will bring more problems than it is worth.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Emily

    Why did Obama even offer his opinion (in public) about this issue?

    It doesn't seem like it's going to help him, and distracted from other issues that he has wanted to focus on...

    August 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    President Obama could easily have said he supports the right to build the mosque but ask for sensitivity by building it elsewhere.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Stephanie

    Henri: that is exactly what I was thinking when I heard Congressman King state that.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, President Obama is right message his people, I agree yours.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  25. teresa, ohio

    @linda, ct: great points : )

    maybe our govt is going on this tidbit: keep yer friends close, but yer enemies Closer.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Nina

    The best way to gain world respect is to build the Mosque not to mention our "freedom of religion"

    August 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Chaney, La.

    I agree with what the president said. Muslims can build their Mosque, house of worship, wherever they want to, as long as they are not breaking any law....... is it wise? that may be a different story......but ALL religions are protected by the Constitution... Its such hypocrisy for the Rep/Con/TP to on one hand say Obama is trashing the Constitution and then talk about not upholding the 14th Amend, and now Religious Freedom.....they have no shame.....

    August 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  28. Nina

    To stop the building of the Mosque will create more tension around the world and shows the prejudice within the US. The best way to gain world respect is to build the Mosque not to mention our "freedom of religion"

    August 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    70% of Americans don't approve of a Ground Zero mosque. This isn't a Republican thing.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Kenya

    I agree with you Henri, Smith and Chris.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Smith in Oregon

    The mosque would end up some 2 blocks from 'ground zero', News Media keeps saying 'on ground zero' or 'mere steps away'. Two city blocks away is two blocks away isn't it?

    August 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  32. toni

    I don't think Obama was pulling back from his statement the night before. He basically said the same thing he said the night before. Everything turn's into something political. The repulicians want to make this a big deal, but they don't want any part of helping the first responders. It's all a bunch of BS......

    August 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Linda, CT

    There is a mosque inside the Pentagon! I don't recall any outrage like this when it was opened. There's also another mosque not far from the World Trade Center site that has been there for 44 years! Are they now suppose to close?

    August 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    No one disputes the Constitutional RIGHT to build the mosque. The majority of Americans would like to see some sensitivity by exercising that right someplace else.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  35. Louise W.

    Chris I so agree with what you wrote! I would have posted the exact same thing.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Kathryn PlymMtg PA

    Please, let them worship, as my ancestors have been free to worship for at least three generations.

    Freedom is what America is about!

    I cannot for one minute imagine the horror of being an American who is prevented from worshiping as I please.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Rhoda Ubaechu

    Hezebolla should also be given a right to practise their religion under usa constitution

    August 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  38. Chris

    I think everyone needs to step back and exercise some judgment in this situation. There is no need to demonize those of the Muslim faith. People have the right to worship where they chose. On the other hand, could the Muslims perhaps have exercised better judgment in selecting the location of the mosque.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Emily

    I still don't think that the Islamic Center / Mosque planned near Ground Zero in New York or ANY other House of Worship should be built on Ground Zero....

    I think that people who say that not building any Mosques in America is an outrage. They are taking away from the real argument re. Ground Zero, in my humble opinion.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Libby

    Hi Dr. Gupta and everyone! I hope Anderson is getting some R & R! 😀

    August 16, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Smith in Oregon

    Muslims were in the twin towers and died along with their co-workers. The Republican bigotry appears to totally omitted that fact.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Nina

    Good evening Sanjay, Anderson and bloggers

    Excellent speech by President Obama

    August 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Henri Akpaglo

    Do you think that Republicans are playing double game? Do you remember when Pres. Obama said that he wants a judge with feeling. Republicans were saying a judge need to respect the constitution not a feeling. Now they are saying that he need to respect the feeling of the victimes of new yorkers not respect the constitutions.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Cessy - Chicago

    hello!!! and Happy Monday!!!

    Hi! Dr. Gupta!

    we miss you Anderson!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Emily

    Good evening Dr. Gupta, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David & Isabel, Megan, Nicole, Sree, Nancy, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to tonights show.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Sanjay, Anderson, Megan, Joe, Nicole, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Gabriela, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina others and my friend Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂
    Happy Monday night!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. molly

    Hi Sanjay! Looking forward to the segment on technology and our brains.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Kenya

    Good evening bloggers, team 360, Dr. G, Mr. Cooper.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good evening every one – hope you all had a great weekend.

    Sanjay good evening as well.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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