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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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  1. Donald Fumm

    There is no need for a mosque to be built near Ground Zero. The conversation alone seems like harrassment. Until Ground Zero becomes a peaceful place dedicated to the lost lives of all who died that day, end the conversation about a mosque.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  2. cicly

    you bet it's their job. in a world with ethics. but only fat cats matter, it seems. money and fat cats, in this world of make lots of money no matter what.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  3. hamzah

    i think any muslim will tell you, murder and violence are not tolerated the least bit in the real islam. these terrorists have hijacked a religion and media has embraced them as "muslims." they are not real muslims, no real muslim would kill innocent lives.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  4. michelle

    Boy did she really make Craig sweat.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Brad Ohio

    So simple solution to Craig's list – give law enforcement full access to those ads

    August 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  6. Brian

    Regarding the mosque debate: Muslims were killed too. Yes, and some of them were hijacking the planes. If Islam, and the Muslims that pracice it, had an ounce of true compassion for others, we wouldn't be having this debate. I say, no way to the mosque in question. Is there no other place in all of New York to establish another mosque?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  7. Divya

    mosque near ground zero sounds fishy and if it does get built there (i hope it doesn't) it'll create a lot of tensions in the state between the religions, which is definitely not needed. Why ground zero of all places?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  8. john, ny

    It takes a lot of nerve to expect people in a country to allow it. We were recently bombed by a radical form of Islam and to this day have troops in plcae, added security everywhere and are still finding and stopping many planned attacks

    What is the reason this very spot? What does ground zero sybolize to muslims?

    How can anyone of use here say that this is merely a house of worship for uninvolved persons? Who here can see hundreds of worshippers and pinpoint who has ties and who does not? That is either incredible assumption (naivete') or turning a blind eye at a time in our lives when we need to look sharp. This is coined a "holy war", don't for get that and don't think the choice of location or evasion of funding being exposed is innocent – wake up please.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  9. Sharon Hastings

    Craig was struck speechless. Great interview! I guess law enforcement said it all when he said they have had 0 reports from Craig's List.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  10. barbara

    Why would they want to build so close to ground zero?? Are there not other areas they could have their mosque built? Isn't NY a big city?? Why there??? Seems like an underlying victory to them if they accomplish this, Like a thumb nose up at a sacred place..I say go elsewhere!!!!!!! I know if this was in Chicago there would be much negativity.....You need to respect these holy grounds...you need to totally rethink this.....

    August 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  11. lisal -canada

    well it sure looks like they are not removing the ads or calling them in either

    August 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  12. Anthony Clifton

    Why MUIST they build a mosque so close to ground zero. The very proximity of this proposed building to ground zero in the face of the overwhelming opposition to it raises the spector of some ulterior motive other than the promotion of inter-faith harmony. And the lack of sensitivity by the proponents of this proposed mosque in the face of that is disturbing. How would Jews feel if a Neo-Nazi group held a rally at Auschwitz or Dachau. How do African-Americans feel when the stars and bars is waved in their face. I don't think it's worth adding fuel to the fire and the proponents of this mosque should know that.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  13. John

    Sorry to everyone who doesn't get the big picture. Where a broke country. If you don't get it, well maybe you should get OUT. Im out numbered here

    August 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  14. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Craigslist already has a questionable reputation, with the murderous crime sometime last year against a family in the Northwest so someone could rob them. Are all the men who called on Amber's fake ad named John? Way to stay on it Amber to get a answer.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "If one does not take control of money; money will certainly take control of one!"

    August 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  16. Madeeha

    I think that this is very sad. The people involved in the terrorist attack, committed suicide. Since then, Iraq and Afghanistan are in ashes. So let's really look at what's going on. All the Muslims, around the world are paying for the actions of people who committed the acts. Let's move on people. What happend at ground zero was very sad, but get over it already and stop blaming the building of a mosque to bring back pain.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  17. Maggie

    Building a mosque two blocks from where Muslim Terrorists murdered Americans on 9/11 in the name of Islam is spitting in the face of every victim of 9-11. Muslims should be sensitive enough to understand that a huge mosque right near the horrific site of terror to the U.S. created at Ground Zero by Terrorist Muslims is an outrage.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  18. RonnieMc

    Why not show a little respect to the lost lives and victims of ground zero, why build the Mosque here at this location?? Just find another location!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  19. Sophie Stein

    I am against the building of a 15 story $100 million dollar mosque near ground zero. If the idea is to acquaint Americans with the true meaning of Islam, such a mosque could have been built years a go anywhere in New York City. Also, the moslem clergy could have made one loud, clear unified statement condemning the 9/11 attack. Their silence was deafening. Ground zero is hallowed ground and there is no need for a showcase mosque to be built near it.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  20. Nelson

    It is an insult to all Americans to let muslim build a mosque any where close to ground zero.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  21. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Its pretty obvious that Craigslist doesn't live up to what they say. Frankly, it doesn't surprise me!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  22. RebeccaPR, FL

    We can't not allow it based on our constitution and yet it seems awfully insensitive of this group of people to push the building of this community center. I don't see how this unites Americans behind the Muslims or brings the Muslims more respect so the purpose does not seem to be to bring us together but to divide us further and therefore not in the best interest of Muslims as a whole.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Sandy, it's estimated that 6 million US citizens are children of illegals.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  24. Brian

    I don't care if they are building the mosque on the site just to rub the issue in our face. The constitution clearly states the right to religious freedom.
    Deny the mosque and who is next, Christianity?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  25. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @ Essam,,Thank you for your service in the US Army. I pray for the safety for those who are serving in our military. Your comment was interesting and I think you understand what many of us are trying to say.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  26. mike

    agree with josh about the mosque. should be moved. but rick lazio, no. i think hes making a political issue out of this using the genuine hurt of americans to further his own career, if the justice department had said something about the financing, or does so in the future, or fbi etc, then he's got a point, but as of now the group has been thoroughly vetted.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  27. Sharon Hastings

    Yes, I thought they came under scrutiny after women were targeted and attacked, one killed by someone making contact through Craig's List. They promised to clean it up.

    Thanks Anderson for examining this.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "If it is not in the schools, college camps or the workplaces, there is some kind of depression!. People have got to start loving themselves move and not think of what others think of them!"

    August 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  29. molly

    I went to craiglist for the first time today. Why is there even a category called something like "adult services"? If they're on the up and up,it wouldn't exist. It also looked like there was a "dating/hook-up" network which seemed very shady. Use it if you like dancing with danger.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  30. Lori, CA

    There are sure a lot of "Johns".

    August 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  31. Harold Hughes, visalia, ca.

    it's suprising all of us that have experince sharia law want to let a religious symbol to be established in out ground zero when the christians can not build a church in medina or riyahd. get real. it will be a war we don't want start.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  32. Karim

    Btw I am a born American citizen and a christian. I was there when 9/11 happened. And its a shame that they have not completed more of the restoration. But denying the religious liberties of others because of a misguided fear of a people(Muslim) is wrong. Just because a person is a Muslim does not make them Terrorists. We need get this in our heads and stop using Muslim, Islam and Terrorists interchangeably. They are not the same.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  33. Paul

    An Islamic Mosque built near ground zero is a final insult to the memory of those murdered by Muslims on September 11th.

    Only "political correctness" in the United States would consider building the foxes den next to the hen house to be a good idea!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  34. Mike Garrett

    Well I live in Saudi Arabia, and I have allot of contact with people from all over the world. In the USA we are just about the only country that grants citizenship to the kids of foreigners born in the USA. We Should take a lesson from the other countries of the world and also do the same as they do...the children born to foreigners are granted the same citizenship as the parents...this will NOT solve our illegals in the states, but it is a start...and we have to start somewhere.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  35. john harris

    the idea of a muslim temple being built 2 blocks from ground zero is a slap in the face to all the people that lost their lifes, why dont you go ahead and out your turbin on and go help them build it sounds like your all for it.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  36. Faisal Khan

    As a practicing Muslim, a U.S. citizen, and an eight year veteran of the U.S. Army, I do not see the mosque near Ground Zero as a symbol of adding insult to injury, but as a beacon of hope. All Muslims in the U.S. are not perfidious foreigners, we love this great nation just as much as you do, if not more.

    All nonsense aside, I see the Mosque as a symbol of America's greatness, security, and its ability to make the choices that other countries couldn't possibly fathom. By building a Mosque near Ground Zero, you are not rewarding the extremist, but rather comforting the innocent Muslims who live next door to you. You are also providing the Muslims in America with ammo to fight extremism by building a Mosque near something some so sacred to you - Ground Zero.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  37. Sandy

    No – They can easily put the islamic center anywhere else that won;t offend victims and surviving families of 911

    August 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  38. Willy

    The Mosque near ground zero; that is seemingly OK. The statue honoring Helen Thomas at an Arab-American Museum is opposed by Jews. What is wrong with us?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  39. Art

    The right now wants to change the constitution. The 1st (religious freedom) and the 14th (citizenship) are now under attack. Apparently we are right or we are wrong. 🙁

    August 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  40. Martin, Ashburn, VA

    Will there be the same response, if a church was to be built there? Let's be honest, those who say let's leave religion out of it, and this is a slap to the victims are simply saying, ISLAM has no place there.

    Seriously?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  41. Sandy

    How many children of illegal immigrants have been born in the US and become automatic citizens?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  42. Rob

    No mosque belongs in that location, especially since plane debris was found in that building. Muslims killed thousands of innocent people, other muslims included, because they don't care. It wasn't Christians or Jews that did this despicable barbaric act. It's their way to claim victory, that's how they work. Muslims kill themselves as well because they have no regard for anything. It is an outrage that they are giving in to this big slap in the face, it's disrespectful to all Americans & victims of that horrific day. When they put God back in the schools then we can talk about freedom of "religion". There are around 100 mosques in NYC, why do they need another one, right there? I don't trust them. Another thing, just how many churches & temples are there in the middle east?

    August 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  43. Eva

    Rather than focusing on one particular religion, let's build a universal spiritual (or inter-faith) center. Let's focus on peace and humanity.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  44. Sasha

    To say that building an Islamic center or even a mosque near Ground zero would be “insensitive” is absolutely ludicrous. This implies that it was Islam that attacked twin towers on that day, not a small group of radical Muslims. By that logic, we should stop people from building churches near the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, which was destroyed was destroyed during Oklahoma bombing, because McVeigh was Christian. If we prevent the building of this Islamic center, it would only give more ammunition to Alqueda to declare that US is at war with Islam and help them recruit. On the other hand, if this Islamic center is allowed to built near Ground Zero, it would prove to the rest of the world that US is not against Islam and that Americans are tolerant and peaceful people.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  45. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I love Tom Foreman's science experiments! He should replace Bill Nye

    August 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  46. Marquise From NY

    I dont think there's a problem with the islamic center being near ground zero. I dont disagree with the investigation but I find it very offensive that they dont do the same investigations for other churches and temples built. I'm not even a muslim so I can only imagine how they feel.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  47. lisal -canada

    well it sounds more like the end of the beginning – which means on to the next phase i guess

    August 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Brad Ohio

    Good evening Anderson and all! So build the mosque, then add a Cathedral, Synagogue or whatever other religious house of worship – build as many as you want there and stop the insanity of arguing over religion!

    August 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  49. Randal

    No mosgue at ground zero !

    I believe it is obvious that the 'intent' is suspect. It is a slap in the face, with a malicious intent. Futher, I would be suspicious of ANY new york official, (politician OR judge) who would even consider the idea ... who's gettin 'greased' by whom?
    on a more positive note ... i have faith in the folks who LIVE in New York, the real New Yorkers will not allow this to happen ... in spite of the corrupt officials.

    simple solution ! relocate the project .

    August 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  50. J. B.

    Why is this not a first amendment issue? It should be.

    August 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
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