August 3rd, 2010
09:40 PM ET

Ground Zero Islamic cultural center?: Join the Live Chat

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Should an Islamic cultural center be built near Ground Zero. Everyone's got an opinion, we'll have the facts and the debate tonight. The static kill operation is underway in the Gulf. We'll have the latest on its progress. The debate over illegal immigration rages on, with the newest concern over whether American-born children of illegal immigrants should be granted automatic citizenship.

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 (370 Responses)
  1. Nathan

    We are a nation based on freedom of religion. Therefore, denying a religious group the right to a worship center will only further erode our nation's freedoms. This sets a dangerous precedent.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  2. mare on Long Island

    Lazio is basically saying that the government should investigate people or religious organizations if what they say hurts other people's feelings. He needs to read the constitution and bill of rights!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  3. barry c

    anderson,,,great interview w lazio...he is scoring political points...he did a good job...but he continues to pick opponents who will clean his clock

    August 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Randy

    Should we allow the Japanese to build a shrine at Pearl Harbor?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  5. Ricardo Castro

    Evening to all .... My Vote is NO MOSQUE, period !

    August 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Nila

    I agree with Janet. Don't fight intolerance with more intolerance. Let it be known to extremists out there so moderate Muslim Americans can coexist peacefully.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Marni Hamilton

    In regards to the mosque being built near the 911 site – I believe that many have forgotten that many Muslims lost family members in 911. We must not marginalize people if we want understanding and tolerance.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Kevin

    So true Brad,...his arguments were flawed and Anderson (and I'm sure a lot of viewers) saw right through them.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Barry

    Anderson: Ask the hard question directly. Assume that the money is coming from a radical Islamist organization that hates the U.S. So what?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Sam T

    Best is have a vote in general election in 2012. Let us see what American Wants. BTW, If you build mosque then it would be muslims victory..No american wants that

    August 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Kari

    I'm not sure of all the facts but on one hand it seems like a way to heal but the other it could be taking salt and rubbing it into the wound. What does the NY'ers think?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    You are in excellent form tonight Anderson! Great interview... still not sure which side I fall on, but definitely gave us both sides to examine.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Why is it even a consideration?"

    August 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Janet Dorsey

    There is no better way to show religious and cultural tolerance than to allow an Islamic Cultural Center to be built wherever it will best serve it's community. Non-Muslims may find it compelling to further investigate what Islam is teaching by having such a center near the site of the attacks. Not all Muslims are extremists in the same way that not all Americans are extremely liberal or conservative. We are a nation of differences with a common goal of living free. We can get along if we seek to understand each other.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Brad S

    Rick Lazio wants to be governor and is placating to angry voters. Bottom line.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  16. Elyssa

    The Imam of the Muslim Community Center spoke out against Hamas in an article in today's Wall Street Journal. Rick Lazio is 100% wrong!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Lori, CA

    Why can't the City rezone the area to allow no places of worship at Ground Zero?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Kathy

    Excuse me, but Muslims died at 9/11 too!!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Theres plenty of room to put a christian memorial right in front of it .

    August 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  20. Wendy

    I understand the hurt we as Americans do feel especially families, first responders and America as a whole who watched 9/11..., we must also remember not all of one race, religion or ethnicity should be categorized as one.............................when it comes to the actions of some..

    August 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  21. Kathy

    The same analogy would be charging all Christians for a select few radicals. How can we judge an entire religion? I know many Muslims who are peaceful and very giving.

    Thank You Anderson...

    August 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  22. molly

    So which is it? The mosque itself is offensive? Or the imam?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  23. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    I thought with the Patriot Act the US could investigate pretty much whatever they wanted in this regard... did I miss something?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  24. J. Clark

    Sorry Anderson, looks like you are on the wrong side of this one. I just think it's bad manners for this group religious to try something like this. It's just poor etiquette even if they mean well.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  25. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I'm against building this mosque near Ground Zero. Sept.11 will always stay fresh in our memory. My feelings have nothing to do with freedom of religion. Its what this mosque may represent in the eyes of the terrorists who may see this as a victory.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Nsenga

    Many Muslims along with people of other faiths tragically lost their lives in the WTC attacks on 9/11. The terrorists did not check for religious affiliation when they chose to attack. People of all faiths need to heal from the tragedy of 9/11 together. When we as a nation are attacked we all suffer ireegardless of our faith differences.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Robert Stroney

    It's too close – Anderson. Tell them to donate the land as a Memorial to 911.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Lori, CA

    It is difficult to fight a project like the Islamic center at Ground Zero. These people are not peace seekers. They are trying to add insult to injury.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Brad S

    If this was a Christian or Jewish center there would be no story or controversy. When we pick and choose what religion can worship where we are heading down a dangerous road.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I am of the opinion and trust the tentative nature of the truth that there is religion now mixed with politics on the issue.

    All those families and friends who lost members should vote (and only them not politicians or officials) to exclusively to either approve/disapprove. It should be people who were hurt, that would need to decide and no one else.

    If they want to forgive and let the freedom prevail, fine, build the mosque...if not, lets move on!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Sharon Hastings

    They certainly have the "right" to be there. It is America. But because so many have strong emotions and memories, then right or wrong it would be nice if they built it somewhere else. I personally have no problem with it, but I respect others' strong feelings so would prefer it be elsewhere.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am mixed about the mosque. Looking on one side, it is not fair that it is put so close to ground zero because alot of people are still healing from it. looking on the other side, just because a few bad apples did this to our country it doesn't mean that all Muslims are bad and support what happened.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Kevin

    Way to know your stuff Anderson!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  34. Kathy

    There were many Islamic individuals who died in the 9/11 tragedy. The Islamic Center right next to Ground Zero shows our strength as a country and decrease tension among law biding Muslims.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Sam T

    No way. No Mosques.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Yes Anderson the Muslims should be allowed to build a Mosque there and the American people should be able to build a memorial right in front of it because part of the jet landed there and the memorial should be of the Ten Commandments with the victims names on it and who killed them .

    August 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Lori, CA

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone

    Looking forward to tonights show..

    August 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Anabela

    To me it sounds like an insult to the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  40. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Hello Anderson and fellow bloggers!

    I haven't even heard the facts/debate yet, but an Islamic Center right next to Ground Zero is an insult to injury. Nine years later and the attack on the WTC is still very real to me and one of the most horrific days I've ever witnessed.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  41. Kevin

    I fully support free exercise, but do the organizers of this project really want all this controversy to surround their place of worship?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  42. Deana

    The very idea of a mosque at ground zero is wrong and should not be allowed.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. Sounds like a great show for tonight. They have all been so interesting and thought provoking lately.

    I hope they get that well killed for good!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  44. Amber Bailey

    Good evening Anderson!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  45. roger

    I believe that too many people will think that having a mosque so close to ground zero is inappropriate. Whether it is or is not is moot. Both sides of the equation will name themselves as being right.

    For that reason alone, it should be re-considered.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  46. Craig Sumpter

    I believe it would be a brave & inspired Move,not With standing the Hurt
    & pain suffered by survivor`s,friends & families?
    A way forward 2 Healing of Souls & Spirits & Hopefully 4 all concerned!?
    Forgiveness & Maturity ? 🙂
    Keep up the Gr8 work!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Paula, Colorado

    Hi!–sounds like a great program tonight.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good evening every one!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    August 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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