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. Marie

    I think its time that we stop trying to always be politically correct and remember that charity begins at home. I feel we need to support the familes and friends of those that have suffered and are still suffering the lost of loved ones on 911. and consider their feelings. A Mosque would be a constant reminder of the pain and suffering of many. I hope the Muslim Community would be sensitive to those Americans and build their place of worship somewhere else more fitting.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Salman

    america equates to freedom and liberty, let them build!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. kiko

    Amendment XIV.
    Section 1. All Persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside. No Stae shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges.

    For the ones that dont know!!!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Zulfar

    How close is too close to a terror attack site, where worshippers want a place of worship and community center? Will the government also restrict Christians from building a church close to the Oklahoma bombing site too because that is where a domestic terror attack took place? The fact that Muslims have been around that area for over 20 years and the Imam is apart of the international US program is sufficient enough evidence that the leadership of this center is not affiliated with any terrorist group. There's a lot of wrong going on in the world and we do not see everything condemned so lets be more mature, humane and fair to Muslims or non-Muslims.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Rick A

    The Federal Government is encroaching on States Rights.....States are just trying to enforce empty Federal policy.....We are losing The great USA to our out of control federal Government.....what is going on here ...give the States their right of way......or expect the tea party to grow 100 fold !

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Charles Gable

    Are you peole serious, this really should'nt be a issue. Where is the loyalty to our country? To our people? To the people who passed and there families? Has anyone heard of Holy Ground? They can build the mosque elsewhere. Doing so will be a smack in the face.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Bob

    I am not against theM uslims but why build there? knowing how 85 % of the people feel! It is a smack in the face of all those who died and a large hurt to there loved ones. They could build anywhere. Why there???! Sorry but they are wrong and for them to say it is America's fault to they anr horrible people!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  8. carol

    Why build a mosque near ground zero? The cost is outragious. Who is donating the money? Maybe the Mayor and the Attorney General feel like New York might be safe having the mosque there. I know it will be heartbreaking for those who lost loved ones on 9/11.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Adam

    Hi Anderson,

    Even as a Canadian I think this is just wrong and inappropriate. I agree that everyone has the right to pray to what ever god they believe in, but to have a mosque only steps away from ground zero is insulting to not only Americans but for all countries that are fighting the war on terror. Let them have their mosque, but not on the steps of ground zero.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Bill Strybos

    Think about it. There should not be an Islamic center built near Ground Zero.

    The people working to do this will not be there for ever and the next generation may be a more volient type.

    Bill Strybos

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  11. albert

    no transparency of funding, no mosque

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Aurora

    Of course most Americans would be against building of the mosque, however, I believe it is a step of peace. Not every muslim is a crazy terrorist. In many years people will look back and think of the mosque as a sign of peace. I don't think it would happen anytime soon because during this time there are many angry Americans towards Muslims and the war.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Jim

    Where is the dignity when people stood up for others in America people died there and that should be enough to stop them from building a mosque there all the people that want it there only care about the money that they will spend to build there and do not care for there fellow Americans feelings.Have feelings stop the greed

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Lin Stevens

    Compassion for the victims of 9/11 dictates that the Mosque aka Muslim Centre should not be close to the wound.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Mac

    I stand for freedom each day of my life, but those that suffered from the 9/11 attack should be allowed freedoms as well. Transparency, inquiry, and a review of this clergy, his comments, and his supporters should be open. All-to-often, the voice of the minority are upheld over the voice of the majority.

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


    This is the most outrageous idea I have heard in my 44 years of living. It is indeed adding insult to injury. Honestly when I heard this idea, I honestly thought it was a poor joke. Why any American citizen would even consider an Islamic Mosque ok to be built in NYC, should be ashamed. What comes after that?, a headquarters for Terrorists, or could this be the foundation for just that? We have to hold steady on this, hasnt NYC had enough? Allah can be praised a little closer to their home, not ours! We are the home of the brave..Remember?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Our laws are being used against our constitution .

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  18. Dave O

    Nathan, we are not a government based on freedom of religion, we are a government based on " the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion", as Mark Twain wrote, "the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug".

    August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  19. Zia

    Better to build a place of worship, be it a mosque, church or a temple near to Ground zero than a places to gamble, nightclubs or pubs. A cultural center will instill better values to the Muslim youths and I can only see that as the betterment of this society. Should be considered!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Renee

    Leave the 14th amendment alone and citizenship is by birth.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. sue strubel

    Hi! Anderson, about your question how close IS it allowed to pray in the vicinity of ground zero? Should they put up a barricade? Thank you for that question. I did not hear any answer.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Janis Hewitt

    Why are the illegals being punished? All they want is what everybody else in the world wants, a better life. If somebody is really breaking the law, it's the people who are creating the demand by hiring them. Punish the employers. More money in their pocket – these poor people are being used by our system. Shame on us.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Edgar

    one mosque creates much contraversy than why allow it? Its clear the voices of many mean nothing when it comes to money...Innocence was lost on 9/11,guess we forgot about it??

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Clint P

    No Islamic center that close to ground zero. There are other places to build a Islamic cultural center in the United States, not on ground zero of the worst act of Islamic extremist in history. I also feel that this would fuel the motives of jihadi idealims. I also found it very obvious that the televised coverage was subjective and one sided. More objective questions representing both sides of the argument could have been better demonstrated.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Madeeha

    Please let the Muslims know how much of a radius from ground zero is necessary for them to be able to build a mosque/community center in PEACE.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Karen

    Anderson, good hard fair questioning but where is your outrage and any reporting at all when peace loving 'Mormons' want to build a temple in various places in the USA and city councils fight it because they don't want evil Mormon temples in their neighborhoods? Hypocrisy in your reporting huh? Come on – be fair.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  27. Steve

    I support religious freedom and respect for all religions, but consider the impact of this on the families of the 9/11 victims. This area will always be seen as a very sacred place where innocent people were murdered by terrorists. Politicians should listen to the opinions of the people whose lives were changed forever by the horror of the 9/11 act
    and abide by their wishes.

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

    Anderson, can i please suggest and request your and AC360's attention towards the "legal immigration" issues as well?

    We cannot fully comprehend what illegal is all about unless we touch the "legal immigration aspect". Huge bureaucratic issues caused backlogs in processing by millions and the laws havent changed in 80+ years.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  29. Danny

    I cant believe your guest said "if it was a church I wouldn't have a problem with it" This is a nonsense, if they got 100mil to spend and hire New Yorkers to build it go for it! Help economy and joblessness as well provide a religious institution, lets build a church next to it while we at it!
    This is all about politics!
    Keep up a good job Mr. AC360 😉

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  30. john, ny

    It is enough that the mosque in itself is an insult to injury. The very group that brought this tragedy to America were muslim (albeit radical) and it was done as a twisted form of religious belief.

    Yes, Muslims are not ALL involved, but bear in mind the larger question here; WHY in that spot if it is merely a house of worship? Where are the funds coming from and why is that question being evaded?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  31. jason

    Its pretty clear it is a religious political shot at the United states. How hard is it to just relocate the building somewhere else? It appears they have the funds to do so. They are bluntly ignoring the community and civilians affected by 9/11.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  32. Matthew

    Let them built that mosque. It may work for the neighborhood as a protection shield. I don't think islamists would attack an area close to a mosque.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Ed

    Why won't they reveal where the money is coming from ? Saudi Arabia no doubt.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. asma

    I think the muslims should build a mosque near the wtc so that the people who have been affected by it can move on with their lives once and for all.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Norm

    It sounds like we do not trust our oown justice system to do the job we have elected them to do. I am sure that this group has had to be screened by all State, Federal and local government agencies lets have some faith in the system. Great show!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Linda

    No, I do not think it is all right for a Mosque to be built two blocks from ground zero. It is insulting to the families that lost loved ones there and to the American people as well.

    Would any Islamic country alow a building designated as a Jewish or Christian church to be built in their country on the grand scale that is being planned two blocks from ground zero? Never!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Naima Yusuf

    A mosque is a place of worship and is Allah's house. I think there should be a mosque build there in order to invited Muslims and non-Muslims who would went to know more about Islam. I hope we can all get a long no matter what religion you worship.


    Naima Yusuf

    Toronto, Canada

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Malcolm

    I do not see anything wrong with it. In fact why is there a debate about this. The individuals involved with the attacks make up a small percentage of true muslims. Islam did not destroy the buildings...radical men did. The same types of men whom destroyed and pillaged in the name of Christianity, Islam, the church etc...

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Brandon

    There is no harm in looking into where the funding/financing is coming from. I would prefer our govt. operate with its eyes open on this and do the due diligence...the same Muslim community that was up in arms over U.S. flags being raised in Iraq at US military command posts should have an equal level of sensitivity over a mosque near GZ.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Jane

    Honestly its just because of what happened at Ground Zero, and all those people that lost their lives. Why do they have to build it there? Couldn't they build it somewhere else in New York. It would be like building an American related building near Hiroshima Japan, or a Natzi related building near the Holocost Museum. In my opinion considering what caused the people to lose their lives it's just in bad taste.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  41. Craig Cooer

    I have a simple comment about building so close to 911 ground zero ,the left hate cobnservatives more than radical islam so much they ill allow the building of this mosk. it shows we mus bow again and again to anyone that hates our country and have no feelings for the deaths of brave americans. The let want he muslim votes just like letting Mexico rape our country so the liberals can get votes. Its a shame!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Amanda

    If moderate muslims had any respect for the people who died there,
    they would not be so determined to insult them or their families by building their mosque there.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Howard Roberts

    Anderson, I think the mosque should be stopped. Many of the Islamic faith not only hate Americans, they want to kill us. No other religion I know of has factions that foster this intent. For this reason, it should not be built in this location.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. John

    I think that if christians and jews are allowed to worship within two blocks so should muslims and if muslims aren't allowed to worship thats just being racist.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Lori Wood

    Hi Anderson...I'm so afraid if this is approved on Tuesday, that the day they start construction, a war will brake out right there at the sight. So many people are horrified by this Mosque going up, and u have the loved ones of 3000 people feeling more strongly than I do. If this ever gets built, I give it a few hours before someone knocks it down...I for one will be one of the humans lying myself down blocking the machines from putting up one brick....

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Mahesh

    This is a really selfish and arrogant decision to build a Mosque at Ground Zero. Think about this objectively.

    If America built Churches every where America has gone to war, for instance, lets say in front of Saddam Hussain's Palace, what would have been the reaction to it? I say we should do it, just to see the reaction.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I see alot of people on here that are saying that its not American or what about putting a christian church there instead of a mosque, if you have forgotten, God said not to judge others and to love one another like you love yourself and our constitution allows for anyone to practice their religion in our country and to have the freedom to life and liberty. So, who are you to judge others in a country that celebrates everyone's freedoms?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  48. jean

    yes, muslims did die on 9/11 and some of them were driving the airplains. not all but some, and i wonder if that property would be up for sale if it hadn't been for what muslims did on that day.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Markus Bosley of Monroe Louisianan

    I believe that we would not be having this conversation if it was a Christian Church. Some will do anything to keep America the country of no morals. Everyone Who believes in God/Allah is Muslim. The word Muslim Means One who submit to God/Allah. Muslims say Allah becuase they speak Gods name in another language. We who believe in god are muslim lets read and stop letting people tell us what we are.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Chris

    Places have meaning and significance. Jerusalem, Vatican City, Mecca .. . they are merely plots of dirt. But not really. Ground Zero now has meaning beyond banks, insurance companies and other commercial enterprises. Reasonable people understand this. The mosque can be built anywhere, so why here? Why? Really?

    The beauty of America – they can build here, and may. But sometimes leading requires doing what is right – not doing what can be done. This mosque will not build a bridge. Not in the short-term at least.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
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