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.

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  1. Hasan

    A mosque is definitely required near ground zero where the American people can get a sense of what true Islam is . Its a religion that preaches peace and love . The culprits of 9/11 were nothing more than common criminals and should not be associated with Islam. It will be a place where all Muslims will pray for the innocent victims of 9/11.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Jackie

    I say let them build the Mosque with one caveat.....they need to build a large monument outside of the Mosque condemning the acts of the Islamic radicals and paying tribute to the Americans that lost their lives in 9-11. They should also have a fundraiser each year on 9-11 and the money raised goes to the victims of 9-11.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Kevin Brown

    Ask yourself: Why do they insist on building on that very spot knowing how strongly most Americans feel? They’re using our own system against us and making fools out of everyone. It’s a 911 Victory Mosque.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Cam

    Our war is not against Muslims, it is against radicals who happen to be Muslim. If the terrorists were Jewish or Christians would we also block a church or synagogue from being built?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Dinese

    We should not try to be so politically correct that we lose sight of the issue! This is ABSURD! Of course we should not let them build a mosque at Ground ZeroI In no other country would the idea even be considered! !! I\t dishonors the people who died there!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Robert

    I am sorry.... having a mosque so close to ground zero is inherently wrong. Now if more Muslims denounced 911 and radicalism I might have a different answer. But these people do not show any type of remorse for what has been done and what is happening even today.
    Until the "good" Muslims stand up and help stop radicalism..... I am sorry....No mosque near ground zero.....

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. John Corder

    If nothing is wrong with the Mosque being near
    ground zero, build the Mosque on ground zero.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Bill C

    Lets face it, there is something smelly about this. Let's look deeper.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  9. jerry

    the very thought of a mosque near ground zero is despicable. its like a slap in the face to every American citizan, especially those who lost
    loved ones and friends.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Lou Iocca

    Would we allow a KKK office to open at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  11. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole everyone.

    That is a good question, how close to ground zero can a mosque be built? Prohibiting the building of the mosque because of the religion of the people who want to build it would be blatant discrimination.

    And aren't the funding sources a matter of public record already?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Ricardo Castro

    put mosque in a corn field in Kansas or Nebraska...........

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. owen sear

    it wasnt 22 hindus or 22 buddhists or 22 greek orthodox beleivers who brought down the towers it was 22 Muslim fanatics. Muslims who were financed by other muslims from every where. new york city and state have every right to hold up permission for this mosque until it is proven that they will not contribute to the Muslim conspiracy to attack us

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Hector

    The United States of America was founded by immigrants that sought a new future. To discriminate against an entire religion due to proximity is asinine. This is emphatic of the situation in Israel, where there has been death an conflict occurring over the holly lands for thousands of years.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  15. Majid

    2 questions

    1. Is the area zoned for a church, mosque, synagogue, or other place for worship?

    2. What happened to democracy. If there are enough votes then go for it.

    It hurts to see people stand up against our basic rights....rights to choose and let the majority win.

    Very saddened by the hatred that surrounds us.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  16. JD

    Since when religious freedom had geographical exceptions within the US? I was born and raised catholic and even the fact that we're having this absurd debate is really sad and shameful.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  17. Mary Alice Krzystek

    It is extremely insensitive to build the mosque near Ground Zero! I am totally against it!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  18. Rob Butler (Canada)

    I have no personal negative feelings towards Muslims but believe the optics are wrong for building a mosque near ground zero. I would fear that this Mosque would end up being a target for hate crimes towards Muslims. I am not comfortable with this idea either.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  19. hassan ali

    hey looks thats the point islam is a peaceful religion and muslims shud have a right to worship where they want u need to look at this thing not from an emotional point of view instead u need to think with ur head!!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Edie

    Im sure the founding fathers are turning over in their graves. Maybe when they start questioning Churches and Synagogues people will start having issues with it.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Natasha

    I am So totally against the Mosque building at the Ground Zero site .
    Honestly it is very inappropriate for letting this Happen. I understand the first amendment and i believe this would be a very big mistake. Some of us are still In mourning of the attack on the Towers. This is Very inappropriate i would like to go and Build a CHURCH in the Muslim countries and see how they feel about it, so now they know how Most of us Feel about it. Some of us Who are against this I mean MOST of us are very Moved on this decision. I hope this doesn't go through cause this is something that will effect us all . I Don't know how this will make america any better.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Peggy

    Why do they insist on building it so close to Ground Zero? Is it just to show the U.S. that they can? We should not agree to this. This is holy ground for families who lost loved ones there and it just hurts more to agree with this.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    I dont know why we are inferring the context here. Its the right of only those people who lost some one to the tragedy to decide whether the mosque is built or not.

    If there is a true terrorist organization right now funding the effort, they are winning right now, because this issue has got the attention it did. Virtually this is splitting the unity in the country.

    So leave it for those who will need to reconcile to decide!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Brandon

    Unfathomable! Can anyone reading these blog comments think about the public mindset immediately after 9/11 about this? What would a national poll have indicated then? Why should it be different now? Time can't heal that wound or make putting a mosque that close to GZ appropriate.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  25. caroline

    I think that it will cause more hurt and trouble if the mosque is built. Many people might go against it as in vandals.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  26. john

    I'm a New Yorker as well as Rick Lazio. People in New York dont share his views.An Imam who has been in that area over 20 years hasn't been criticized up until now. Suspicious Ha!! But it's not political.. True Garbage...

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Frank Rincon

    Would we (Americans) allow Japan to build a monument on Pearl Harbor? Then why would we (Americans) allow a mosk to be built at ground zero?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  28. David Selcer

    Building a Mosque at ground zero right now is like erecting a cross at Auschwits. It's like buiding a synagogue on top of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It's insensitive. The Muslims responsible should no better.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Excellent debate tonight with Rick Lazio! Good questions from each side to ponder.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Shana

    America is not at war with the nation of Islam. To prohibit the free exercise of religious practices is, in itself, unconstitutional. Our anger/hurt should be directed toward terrorism not the nation of Islam.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Sue- DE

    Religious freedom for all means religious freedom even for the religions you may not like, may hate, may abhor. It's a hard price to pay for ensuring that people will tolerate your religion. And that is a price worth paying. It allows us to say and think what we want and observe our beliefs the way we want.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Amanda

    I think that as a Americans we are better than this. The mosque shoud be built. It is apart of our religious freedom to be able to practice freely. I would rather the mosque built as an attempt to move forward with our lives and show people that we are bigger than this and nothing will bring us down. We are all United and should be able to practice whatever freely.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Troy

    Any American politian who votes for this will never have my vote and millions just like me. Period. Go ahead, November is just around the corner to start turning this country around, and in November 2012 we will really show change.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  34. jean

    I feel it totally disrespects the people who died on 9/11. But i do realize we are going to allow this disgrace to happen because as a nation we don't have the guts to stand united and say this is wrong. Shame on this country

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Don G

    I dont think they should, its not right. it should remain as a memory to those that have lost their lives there due to the attack ..

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  36. diana cook

    Absolutely not! It would be totally disrespectful to those who died, their surviving family members, and those who risked their lives at Ground Zero to search, aid, and recover victims!
    dgc, Arizona

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Madeeha

    Freedom of religion? Freedom of speech? Isn't that what the United states was built upon? It is War on Islam, not terror.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Margaret

    Pleease, everyone please stop calling the Islamic Center a mosque. It is to be a community center. There has been a mosque in the area for years. What is the problem now? This center is not AT ground zero but blocks away. Blocks away in Manhattan can equal miles in another city.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Lori, CA

    Personally, I think the City of New York should consider having one non-denominational place of worship at Ground Zero where everyone can worship together.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  40. Barry

    A mosque near Ground Zero is an excellent opportunity for all faiths to join together and rise above radicalism and hate. Seize the opportunity for interfaith dialogue in the shadow of an event that was masterminded by radicals who do not represent the mainstream of Islamic thought.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Janis Hewitt

    Good evening 360 and chat friends.
    I see a complex issue. I see gross insensitivity on the islamic side. Yet, I believe that Americans will always take higher ground and ultimately accept them because that's what this nation is all about. I don't believe it means the terrorists have won anything.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Anita

    I agree with Bloomberg. Disallowing the Mosque would more represent a victory for the terrorist then allowing it.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  43. pete coluntryman

    Rick Lazio just reiterated how he lost to Hillary Clinton for New York's senate seat many years ago.

    The " mosque " will be two and a half blocks away from ground zero and out of sight~

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Nanda R Clermont fl

    Let's see how many Christian, Jewish, Hindu Community Centers can be opened in Muslim nations. Freedom of religion in the US, right? Well monitor within your communities before you "outreach" & spread "awareness" to others.. They can choose another location.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Jacob Heinel

    Coming from the state of Denmark in Europe, I'm used to the far polical right to go against all islamic projects. But I was sad to see that America is heading the same direction. This land is about religious freedom and one can not blame all muslims for 9/11. It's VERY unamerican!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  46. jose

    hey, i do believe this is a very sensistive topic but the point is you shouldnt punish the entire race for what a couple of people did and besides forgiving is courage.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Kim

    Which is it? That the mosque is too close to ground zero or that the funding for it is in question. I couldn't determine which argument was being made. Also, I don't think there is anything fundamentally wrong with saying that US policies created angry Muslims. That doesn't condone 9-11; it simply offers an explanation as to why 9-11 occurred. Does it mean that this man is a terrorist sympathizer? No.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  48. pat

    wow, that did not seem like unbiased questioning. Why not have transparency? If the money is coming from legitimate sources, fine but if not then we need to expose those motives.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  49. Gary T.

    No Mosque – that is unamerican!
    get real!
    Muslims were killed too!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  50. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    That would be nice to have a Christmas tree out front every year with carols being sang yes let them build .

    August 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
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