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August 17th, 2010
09:48 PM ET

Dr. Laura Ending Her Radio Show: Join the Live Chat

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We're following breaking news. Dr. Laura Schlessinger is ending her radio show, in a cloud of a racially-charged controversy. Hear what she told Larry King just moment ago. Plus, two reports on the oil still lingering in the Gulf of Mexico raising some chilling possibilities and more.

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  1. Larry

    Mike, that was the idea behind my suggesting the city enact 'Eminent Domain' to cover a respectful distance from ground zero.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    @Valencia

    It was my understanding – the NYC Muslim community center was operating out of that location for years why is it on the radar now?

    Acutally, There is possible be near area... It was changed since 9/11 when planes crashed 2 towers called Zero ground, and would be mosque take fountain to building since 9/11.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I think that David Gergen has such a soft but powerful voice when it comes reasoning about sensitive situations. He kind of put the way that so many people feel about the Ground Zero mosque in one sentence. People are too sensitive to it

    August 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Lori, CA

    David, the City has the right to decide whether the Mosque is an appropriate land use for that site and the neighborhood. It does not really violate anyone's right to practice religion.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  5. Jim

    Larry, NYC like many governmental units is in a squeeze for funds. To have a redevelopment area of to utilize Eminent Domain you 1) have to have a specific purpose for the property. 2) the purpose must be of general public benefit; and 3)you need funds to build the project. If the can't figure out what they want for the Twin Towers site, it is unlikely that they would be able to take in the surrounding area.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Nancy in Oregon, "No matter how well-intentioned the group truly thinks it is, there is so easily a sense that it is moving in on a very tender area that it really should keep a respectful distance from."

    I agree. Does anyone really know what their "intention" is? If the Muslim community was so "well-intentioned" why doesn't it speak out against its "terrorist" brothers.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  7. Emily

    Good evening 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David & Isabel, Megan, Nicole, Sree, Nancy, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    Joining yous late tonight...I agree with David Gergen – 100% ....
    Ronald didn't seem to get it – just many others...because you can, doesn't mean you should! (optics count!)

    August 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Brad Ohio

    The President should have stayed out of the issue, but I believe he could have made what he was saying more clear that he was being very specific about rights and not endorsing the location – the way he did it took headlines and most people believe he endorsed it....then Saturday said he was walking the fine line of being very specific with his message, and should have said that on Friday.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  9. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I agree with David Gergen. The ground zero mosque is about sensitivity and not constitutionality. Why will this affect the President ratings or poll numbers? Not sure I follow that very well. I honestly didn't think he said anything shocking last Friday. Can someone explain that to me?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Henry

    I don't consider Dr. Laura's remarks as racial but, I do believe that regarding the music videos and the way they use the N-word was totally off the subject of what the caller was calling for. I also believe that within her profession that it was totally out of order as well.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  11. David, Indiana

    I wanted to say how does the Georgia study compare with the govt's info as far as how they came up with their numbers?

    It is interesting to learn that there was not so much opposition to the mosque originally, and to learn about how the project was voted on by the New York city council. There will be opposition to what goes where in a city, but objecting to the mosque on the basis of what religion is being practiced there does infringe on the right to freely practice one's religion. What is the process the city council goes through to satisfy themselves that a project is acceptable?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  12. Missy B

    No mosque, ground Zero has not been able to escavate many bodies from that site. WE all know it is a victory mosque, they have done it many, many times. Uneducated people put there mouth's in motion before thier brain's are engaged.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Libby

    Roland Martin rocks 😀 !!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  14. Nancy in Oregon

    I saw that on CNN too, James B.....it's pretty ludicrous that people don't seem affronted by those activities so near the site.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Kayteee

    "Fred, we have no idea what will be taught in this mosque."

    And I have no idea was is being taught in most places of worship. But I do know that there have been all kinds violence that was done in the name of Christianity. Should we find out what's going on in some of those churches? The man who just recently killed the doctor who performed abortions did so in the name of Christianity, should we find out what's going on in his church??
    Wow.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Funny thing is I don't hear Obama and the rest of those supporting the Muslims' right to build this mosque speaking out about the port authority standing in the way of the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church that was destroyed on 9/11.

    If anyone has a right to build there, they do.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  17. Lori, CA

    I do not understand how so much flooding occured? Has that happened there before?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  18. Vickie

    I am worried that we are focusing a lot of time trying to stop peace loving Muslims from building a mosque, while the "real" terrorists are still out there plotting America's demise.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The President could and should have said that there is a Constitutional right, but call for the Muslims to take the feelings of the families of victims into account.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  20. molly

    Will the same people that oppose the Mosque also support the idea that it is insensitive to build a "family planning" clinic (aka abortion service provider) right next to a Catholic church or other church that opposes abortion?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  21. Sharon Hastings

    David Gergen, I hope it's not a lingering story. It shouldn't be. Unfortunately, it seems to have become a symbol of people's fear.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  22. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    For sure, if this was the First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan being built, no one would know the difference.

    Bottom line is religion should be taxed and I'm opposed to any religious "house of oppression" built anywhere–with few exceptions it's offensive no matter what the religion is.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  23. Dee

    Hi Roland and David. Love you both!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  24. Diane

    We all makes mistakes, and when we do it is good and healthy to acknowledge it, confess it with an humble attitude, and move on. It's complicated when one group of people use the "N" word, but other groups are not allowed to use it. No one should use it. It should be against the law, because it arouses deep emotional anger among some people. I agree with Mr. Paul Ernest, she did not have to end her career, unless she was speaking from an hostle place in her heart, and only she would know that.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  25. Nancy in Oregon

    Yes, Mike, that is the type of thing I think should be heeded. No matter how well-intentioned the group truly thinks it is, there is so easily a sense that it is moving in on a very tender area that it really should keep a respectful distance from. And as I've said before, I think that same sensitivity should be practiced by all other religious groups as well-no one should 'move in on' these sorts of sites. All should keep the same distance.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  26. Kenya

    @Valencia

    It was my understanding – the NYC Muslim community center was operating out of that location for years why is it on the radar now?
    ____

    November is fast approaching...

    August 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  27. carla

    some of these guys talk as if the voter are stupid....we are not...we are these days educated voters

    August 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  28. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Roland Martin, wrong again. This has nothing to do with the Constitution. EVERYONE agrees the right exists. This is about decency and sensitivity.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  29. Larry

    Wonder why the city's legal minds have not looked at the area as a Redevelopment Area.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Nice see 3 men are here..... Roland, Ed, and David are correct time about mosque.... Wow!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  31. carla

    i vote for people based on what they did during the years....not for the president citing the 1st amendment......he wasn't wrong

    August 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  32. James B.

    Soooo, the mosque 2 blocks away, a place of peaceful worship, is not okay but the liquor stores and strip clubs, as shown on cnn, are okay? Hmmmmm. What about the mosque that's already 4 blocks away, should we shut that down? Nonsense. If it wasn't the muslim faith we'd never be having the conversation. Islamaphobia.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  33. Lori, CA

    I agree. The President should not have commented on the Mosque.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  34. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Fred, we have no idea what will be taught in this mosque.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Ngoni

    This is not a mosque issue I agree. This is about an emotional harassment that will result to all the families and friends of 9/11 victims if the mosque is allowed to be built. It will be a constant reminder of a deep, past hurt. I equate it to moving a serial rapist three houses down from the houses of his victims with the logic being that he paid his sentence. Not to say Islam is like rape, but it was a group of Muslims that downed the twin towers, not Buddhists, or Hindi. It's just morally wrong. Those victimized families deserve better.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "No one is saying that there isn't a Constitutional right to build the mosque. It's a question of respect and sensitivity to the 9/11 victims and their families."

    It sounds to me like our government and the msm don't think that the 9/11 victims and their families deserve any respect or sensitivity, but they strongly believe that the Muslim community does.

    Somebody explain that to me.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  37. Jim

    Wouldn't it be interesting if those proposing the Islamic center waited until after the 9-11 site was redeveloped, and that redevelopment had rentable space. I wonder rationalle would be to preclude not renting space for an Islamic center>

    August 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  38. victoria

    I am disappointed that Mr. Roberts didn't make the point that that proposed Muslin Bldg. is NOT THE MEMORIAL. Parts of the plane hit lots of buildings around the world trade center. buildings around were damaged and was not the INTENDED target.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  39. Pam Chandler

    I am still a big fan and have been for over a year. The point she was trying to make could of been made a much different way . I am African American and was offended and shocked at what she said but I think she is truly sorry.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  40. Lori, CA

    The City can only use Eminant Domain if they have established the area as a Redevelopment Area.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  41. Fred

    My issue is with people equating Muslim religions to the terrorist act of 9/11. Sensitive or insensitive, people should understand the difference of religion being taught in THIS mosque and the evil/radical/non representative religious insanity taught to the 9/11 attackers. They couldn't be more different.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  42. Kayteee

    This is the very reason it is a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to be able to exercise your religion freely, so that feelings and emotions do not get in the way! When schools were desegregated, MOST did not want blacks in "their" schools, that was just the way they felt. They did not think it should happen all at once and their feelings were hurt because of the way that it was done and all that. We cannot let emotions determine who gets to exercise their constitutional rights!!

    August 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  43. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Ok...this lady has her own opinion about the ground zero mosque but I'm not influenced by her comments. It appears that John isn't either as he has comments to answer her back. The building was for sale and there was a buyer. The proposed center is not a ground zero but two blocks away. She seems to be surmising that the mosque will be this "evil place" when in reality it's more of a sensitivity issue than a constitutional one. I'm curious, if there are other mosques in the area as others have said, just how close are they in the lower Manhattan area?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    The only terrorism here is the social terrorism asserted by "conservatives" who are consistently trying their best to derail our Constitution by inserting religion as a barometer of right and wrong.

    Likewise, I'm fed-up with the Gellers and Palins of the world referring to themselves as conservatives. They're little more than a group of bitter people looking to blame others for their own insecurities and perceived misfortunes, always pointing fingers at some group who they have determined are second-class to their superior social behavior and beliefs.

    BTW, there is no passage in our Constitution referring to "...human compassion and common decency..." If there was, Ms. Geller would be in jail.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  45. James B.

    The fear of all muslims is ridiculous and absurd. Had the hijackers been christian and instead of allah akbar said all praise be to god then we would've blamed their upbringing or talked about missing the warning signs, etc., etc., nobody would have a problem with building a church of christ nearby

    August 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  46. Valencia in CT

    It was my understanding – the NYC Muslim community center was operating out of that location for years why is it on the radar now?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  47. Larry

    Unless you are muslim you cannot enter a mosque.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  48. Sami

    Laura should start by being sorry for the right reasons. Perhaps with more time to reflect, she'll one day understand ...

    August 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  49. Jim

    Why put this mosque anywhere near ground zero? Why is this even up for debate? So that we can satisfy "political correctness" and show how free America is? Or how stupid we are? For most the rational thinking, this would be like opening an amusement park near Auschwitz; sure you could do it, but why consider it? Is there nothing sacred about the location of this attack? I'm sure there are plenty of sites around New York City...not near the 9/11 site. Build the mosque THERE.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  50. Linda Perkins

    I am DELIGHTED that she is quitting radio. She has no clue how racist her remarks were. This woman has a lot of issues.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
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