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August 3rd, 2010
08:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Panel clears way for Ground Zero mosque

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

In the Gulf tonight, 106 days into the oil spill disaster, the static kill is finally underway. BP crews are trying to choke the blown-out Macondo well with tons of heavy drilling mud. They’ve been at it for hours. Can the well take it? Will it hold? We’ll have a live report from the Gulf on the effort to seal the well for good.

We’ll also look at the huge political uproar over the plan to build an Islamic community center, including a mosque, two blocks from Ground Zero. In New York today, a city panel cleared the way for the plan to proceed when it denied historic landmark status to the building developers want to tear down to make room for the center. Opponents have vowed to press their case in court. In their view, building a mosque so close to the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center disrespects the memory of those killed. Supporters of the plan argue that building the center and mosque would be the ultimate test of the nation’s commitment to tolerance and religious freedom. The emotions this debate has ignited are intense. We’ll look at the facts, including what the plan actually involves. We’ll also examine the emotions.

We’ll also have more tonight on the intensifying battle over immigration. The White House is accusing Republicans of playing politics with their campaign to change the 14th amendment to the Constitution, which among other things grants automatic citizenship to American-born children of illegal immigrants. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said today he supports holding hearings on repealing birthright citizenship. We’re focusing on the facts, keeping both sides honest.

In a sidebar story to the battle raging over immigration, Gary Tuchman puts some tough questions to an illegal immigrant living in New Mexico. Why, Gary asks him, hasn’t he taken the steps to become a legal immigrant? The man’s answer sheds light on some of the struggles to citizenship that many face.

We’ll also bring you a special 360 investigation into charges that Craigslist is profiting from prostitution. The charge comes from law enforcement officials, who say the popular website—the largest classified advertising website in the U.S.—isn’t doing enough to screen adult service ads. These ads bring in a full third of Craigslist’s revenues. The company claims it screens each ad carefully. Amber Lyon put their claim to the test. Wait until you see how easy it was for her to post an ad that practically shouted “sex for sale”.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. adam

    The Mosque should not be allowed.

    Unless our governments put pressure on governments of muslim states to also let other religions practice freely and build churches and places of worship in their countries.

    By the way, I have lived in a muslim state.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  2. cheri

    Whatching your show last night I was frustrated b/c it seemed you were on the forefront for the building of the mosque near the ground zero WTC buildings in NYC. I do not understand why You as a reporter do not seem to see the wrong in this. And why it does not send bells ringing off in your head as something sinister. The people who died there were from all walks of life and religious backgrounds. It would be far far better to get together with various groups of different religions and build a multi cultural religious center where all can worship together. why were you anderson pushing so hard for muslims to get their way when clearly you were not pushing for other groups who have lost loved ones to get their way, do you have a secret agenda for the muslims or islam.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:21 am |
  3. Tamara Wright

    I think that it is odd that Muslims can't understand the "sacred ground" concept. Until I see a group of Muslims believers as a whole promote building a synagogue in the middle of Mecca, then I won't consider Muslims building their mosque near my 911 memorial.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:17 am |
  4. Deborah G. Klein

    I was disappointed at the lack of professional journalism that transpired during the Rick Lazio interview. Facts of importance were not covered– only a political attack on Lazio. So how does any organization get serious consideration for such and an undertaking with only $18,000 in the bank? Is the NY State Attorney General Cumo avoiding a simple inquiry because of of the political fallout from his liberal constituency? Does the US State Department employ Feisal Abdul Rauf or any other persons involved with building this center? What does Mr. Cooper mean, "The State Department sends him Out"? Where were the interviews with the relatives of those who lost loved ones? Is Lazio their spokesperson? Is Anderson Cooper their spokesperson? Should those relatives have a say? Poor Reporting!!

    August 4, 2010 at 3:11 am |
  5. TAVIT DEKERMANJIAN

    When our loved one dies we do not go on with a wedding and postponed it out of respect. Any God fearing religious group out of respect will not built a mosque, church or any prayer home close to a terrorist attack ground which was claimed as victory to some and defeat to others. The intention will only be translated as labeling who won that war. People who manage 100 million are smart and if the intention is good there are better locations to built a mosque and avoid all this commotion.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:48 am |
  6. jean osborn

    Ground Zero is no place for the Islamic cultural center and that construction won't happen. The complete lack of sensitivity will be be met with many and various obstacles. Mark my word!

    August 4, 2010 at 2:37 am |
  7. Zamira

    Hi I am a Muslim myself and I think its really good to build a Mosque. Not all Muslim's are terrorists. A lot of people have churches and Jewish places to worship why is it that Muslim's don't?

    August 4, 2010 at 2:16 am |
  8. Lata

    I think building a mosque near ground zero is adding insult to injury.
    Worship can be done anywhere, why does it have to be close to Ground Zero, it appears like a deliberate action to stir up the emotions of people.

    August 4, 2010 at 2:02 am |
  9. Danny Brooks - Retired naval and gulf war vet. U.S. NAVY

    maybe you need to read the bible and see where the muslim faith started!

    August 4, 2010 at 1:59 am |
  10. Danny Brooks - Retired naval and gulf war vet. U.S. NAVY

    just say no to mosque!

    August 4, 2010 at 1:55 am |
  11. Jenny

    Building a mosque near ground zero is ABSOLUTELY inappropriate. That is such a slap in the face to America. That is like us going to the middle east, blowing up something of theirs, killing hundreds or thousands of those people, and putting a Christian church right where it happened. They would be applaud. Same feelings goes to the Americans. NO MOSQUE!!

    August 4, 2010 at 1:19 am |
  12. Frank Frisch

    This has bad connotations. Its is wrong and disrespect for The Twin Towers disaster to have an Islamic Organization make its own monument 15 stories high Its an insult to everyone that died at ground zero

    August 4, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  13. Diane

    Building an Islamic Center close to Ground Zero is
    ridiculous. This is adding tremendous insult to injury.
    Of all the places to build an Islamic Center, next to the
    WTC sight is not one of them.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  14. og from texas

    do we go and build our religious monuments in other countries?

    August 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  15. Jared

    I honestly can't believe that we are wasting time discussing the issue of building this Mosque. Anyone who doesn't believe in the slaughter of innocent lives clearly acknowledges the horror that occurred on 9/11, and just like with any tragedy, that it has destroyed and ruin so many lives. But the idea that a Mosque/Islamic Center shouldn't be built near Ground Zero is preposterous. If there is credible information/evidence that this is being funded by radical terrorist groups, then that is a completely different story. Denying this building because this is a Mosque, and the 9/11 terrorists were radical Muslims, is like saying that a Catholic Church shouldn't be built in Oklahoma City because Timothy McVeigh group up as a Catholic.

    August 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm |
  16. Tony

    All I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11

    August 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm |