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August 31st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Mosque Fears: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, the calls, threats and violent acts aimed at stopping the expansion of an Islamic center - not in Lower Manhattan - but central Tennessee. Keeping Them Honest, we'll talk with a leading opponent of the center. Plus, Pres. Obama marks the end of the combat mission in Iraq with an address from the Oval Office. We've got the raw politics.

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  1. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I'm seeing and hearing of more and more mosque's being built everywhere..But until there is proof that they are being used to promote terrorist activities they have a right to build them just as we have a right to build our Christian churches.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Mike - Las Vegas

    Fear, hate and lies. The only thing the right has to offer instead of solutions to America's problems.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Nancy in Oregon

    Oh Jo Ann, so true. Fer mongering comes from anyone seeking to control others....right, left, middle, up, or down. Parents do it too....make boogeymen.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Kaytee

    I think the extremists are using people who may have a genuine concern about the sanctity of ground zero to spread their hatred against Muslims – shameful. But that is usually how extremists hide behind their hatred, they grab onto to some legitimate concern and try to scare the whole nation (as with immigration).

    August 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    A few years ago, a suburb of Nashville called Forest Hills voted down the building of a Mormon Temple after seeking approval to build there for 3 years. Today, the Mormon Temple is located about 20 miles south of Forest Hills in the town of Franklin. I remember the fight against this very volatile and somewhat similar to the fight against the Mosque in Murfreesboro. Interesting...

    August 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Sami

    I am an American Muslim who lives in Tennessee, a state known for its ignorance. I usually feel like I should hide my Islamic background for fear of judgment and harassment. After recent events, I feel I must, or be attacked for my beliefs. America is a place where these situations should never happen in the first place.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  7. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I know some REALLY extreme Christians~ Hello polygamist ! Just one example~

    August 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Lisa in Louisville, KY

    This is sickening. Christianity, Judiasm, and Islam are the three Abrahamic faiths – we all believe in the same God. I'm a Christian living in a pluralistic community, city, and world – we need to educate the American public about Christian beliefs, Jewish beliefs, and Islamic beliefs.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Chris-Buffalo,NY (Former Murfreesboro, TN resident)

    -but we allow any yahoo to open up a christian church. You should hear some of the hate spewed under the guise of Christianity. Extremists pervert every religion.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Nina

    Jo Ann

    All religions would be in trouble if we condemned an entire religion due to a group of radical extremists within that religion

    August 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  11. cicly

    don't ya think "freedom of speech" is, in many instances, used as"free- for-all?"

    August 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Sharon Hastings

    @Janis, I absolutely agree. Can't you just hear someone asking "are you now or have you ever been associated with a muslim?"

    August 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  13. George K

    The fundamentalist Muslims of radical Islam are trying to polarize people and instigate a holy war among billions of people world wide. By resisting the creation of a mosque we are allowing terror to win by definition of terrorism.
    The real story here is who is funding this particular project? It has already been discovered it is not the developer but his guarantor. Anderson please keep them honest!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike – Las Vegas, "Fear mongering by the right, business as usual."

    Fear mongering is not exclusive to the right. The left and the right practice it when it serves their purpose.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Nancy in Oregon

    Anyone should, Mike, who has ties to any form of terrorism...domestic or international. Something tells me that isn't really the point in the end, for many of these people like Robertson.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Mike - Las Vegas

    "Muslims" are the right-wingers new bogeyman to scare their ignorant voting base with.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Gary

    Either we have freedom of religion or we don't! If we do, they are free to do whatever they can afford to do. If not let's tax them all...and quit talking about it.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Margaret Pritchett

    Evening Anderson,
    I have no problems with this new Mosque being built in TN. Every religion is welcomed in the US, (or it should be). My only problem has ever been with the Mosque/Center beig built so closely to Ground Zero.
    We as a country have got to come together and get past the hatred of a religion. Hate the Taliban, not the Muslim people.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Lori, CA

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone! The first eight minutes go really fast!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Heather - Spokane, WA

    All of this reminds me of a really good and true saying that was said by a christian speaker, 'Just because you go to church, it does not make you a Christian'

    August 31, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Matthew Stucker

    America has much bigger issues to worry about than what religion people are practicing. It's time to stop thinking like cavemen and start tackling some serious issues that we are facing together as a country.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  22. bob

    there is no difference between muslim extremist and these so called chstions.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Nancy in Oregon

    Oh Jo Ann, isn't that sad? Using religion as a shield or banner for such things?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    You can't condemn an entire religious community for the actions of one person. If we did then many Christian churches would be in big trouble.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  25. lisal -canada

    a very good little television series called "Little Mosque on the Prairie" would be a good alternate perspective for those who have nothing but fear for the mosque-attending community integrating with others.

    EVERY segment of society and religion has it's jerks and radicals.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Nancy in Oregon

    People sure love to hate....and feel self-righteous.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  27. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Sorry, but if members of the mosque board have ties to terrorists, it's reasonable to investigate.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Nancy in Oregon, " Such hate mongers....gosh, and in the guise of religion."

    Most hate mongers come in the guise of religion.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Kaytee

    I find it very ironic that the same people who are screaming that building a mosque at Ground Zero is insensitive (even tho they have the right to do it) are the very same ones who had no problem making a mockery of Dr. Martin L. King and everything he stood for, which certainly was not about division and hatred! (yeah they had the right, but...)

    August 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Pat Robertson and Laurie Cardoza-Moore are just two more reasons why racism is still alive in America and in Christianity

    August 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Janis Hewitt

    I hate to say this but this kind of rhetoric reminds me of Joe McCarthy and the communists in the 50s.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. cicly

    extremism is killing the country.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Mike - Las Vegas

    Fear mongering by the right, business as usual.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am against the Ground Zero Mosque, but Pat Robertson is wrong.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Kenya

    Too much fear going on. Hello Mr. Cooper and everyone.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Catherine La Mirada,CA

    Good evening everyone. We are Americans, a land of many religions. All places of worship are welcomed here. We must not abandon our core values because of hatred, anger and fear.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Sharon Hastings

    As usual Pat Robertson comes across as the true radical. Always some extreme version of current and future events.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Kaytee

    I am so tired of all of the fear mongering. These people go from one group to the other, anyone who does not look like them. (blacks mexicans, gays, and now muslims)

    August 31, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, people. Such hate mongers....gosh, and in the guise of religion.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Louis Abdullah

    Most Americans do not understand the religion of Islam. What they see and hear is mostly lies. They need a better understanding and the press is not going to do that.This is a situation that needs time for people to learn what is right and what is wrong.Stop jumping so fast to condem
    people.Look at yourself and what you are about and how you treat people

    August 31, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Nina

    The problem of global conceptualizing an entire religion with a few radicals is like saying the Christian religion has terrorists because many gang members are Christian. It is a false analogy!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Kaytee

    This is what happens when we try to keep people from their civil rights!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Janis Hewitt

    This is too much. Why are people so afraid? Only fearful people would do this kind of thing.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to tonights show.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. Sounds like a very interesting program and I'm so glad about our war commitment in Iraq being over.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Janis Hewitt

    Hello friends.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you on. I'm so glad to see the end of the combat mission in Iraq.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson and fellow bloggers!

    Seems to me that building a mosque anywhere (even in my backyard) is off-limits...this is terribly sad. Hopefully the FBI discovers who committed this arson in Murfreesboro.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    August 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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