August 17th, 2010
03:02 PM ET

Video: Fareed: Don't demonize Islamic center

Fareed Zakaria | BIO
CNN Anchor, “Fareed Zakaria – GPS”

Filed under: Islam
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Santiago Leon

    Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    August 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  2. dani

    A a gay woman the thinf that is shocking is why liberals defend islam. Under sharia law, women are owned by men and gays can be murdered. I do not un derstand how so many westerners have been fooled by islam's apologists. A religion that considers women property is to be condemned–it has no right to protection under the constitution. Women's rights are non-negotiable. Wake up. You are sleeping with the enemy.

    August 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  3. Sophia

    I was astonished @ how smoothly you evaded the question of 1)why the Imam refuses to condemn Hammas and 2)why build the mosque on that site? Instead you kept preaching the freedom of religion. You are too smart to miss the point of the question. You are just clever enough to evade it.. Anderson let you get away with it. So much for "Keeping them honest"!!!

    By the way, please spare us the symbolic gestures.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  4. Taquia

    When it comes to Islamic religion, all Muslims will be on one way, the Islamic way. No matter how ugly that is. It is a shame to see organization like CNN allowing a Taquia practicing Muslim to propagate for the Ground Zero Mosque.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  5. Augsbee

    This is not about religion, faith, freedom, etc...this is about a slap in the face to those murdered, their families, their relatives, the community and the rest of us in the U.S. Building this mosque is not the way to become part of the community, be an American, help heal the wounds. This building as about what they want regardless of the pain it is bringing to all of us, to our country.

    August 12, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  6. Stan Moore

    It is a slap in the face of the innocent people who lost their lives because of hatred. The Liberal media is so one sided in their defense of all that is wrong. The question is why? It is because they know that while liberals are in power they have a better chance of mocking this country. Remember that they hate us and our way of life, so why do they even want to be here. Try doing a show about why you or any other non muslim cannot just walk in and go to their worship service. Then speak of tolerance. Everyone is welcome in my church. It's not a secret place.

    August 12, 2010 at 5:50 am |
  7. janette tx.

    I wonder if a rich American can build a mega church in Fareed's
    native country......just wondering.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:04 am |
  8. Jon

    This is basic common sense. The debate is not about the tolerance and other genuine qualities of Islam, but about understanding your fellow beings' hurt and sadness. A terrible tragedy had occurred here, fueled by terrorists who ultimately, deep in their hearts, were followers of Islam. You can argue it both ways, but in the end, this event occurred in a land where there are more non-Muslims. We need to feel for the lost lives and the sadness that went with it. And have respect for the common man here, most of who are non-Muslims. The real evolution in man is when we stand outside our different religions and become spiritual and truly see the unity in all religions, all leading to God

    August 12, 2010 at 12:49 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    I am almost at a loss for words 64% of Americans against this!? Next it will be a change to the 1st amendment as well as the 14th amendment. The poll has to represent a certain disingenous attitude at least from some "constitutional" Republicans?
    To Fareed and his actions, very good.
    To the Christian bible thumper. At least Muslims are honest! It is a tenet and obligation if Islam to convert even you. God and the son of god Jesus preached tolerance and understanding, where is yours?
    The other contributor excellent arguments. In effect all religions at some time have been persecuted but still exist. Time for a bit of peaceful co existence and most of all tolerance.... by all sides.
    There will always be extremists good or bad in all religions that is life. Thank god!!And by the way Allah and the Christian God are the same person just different interpretations of the message, at different times.
    Live and let live and enjoy the differences especially.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:05 am |
  10. Ken

    I have lost any confidence in your ability to be a fair commentator on world politics based upon your decision to return the ADL prize. You should lose your job at CNN for making such a move.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  11. JC-Los Angeles

    I would like to know how many Ismalic individuals contacted the families of 9/11 victims to express their sorrows.

    When the Islamic community rises as one to condemn the actions of the few, the location of a single mosque will carry less weight.

    August 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  12. Annie Kate


    I read your article in Newsweek this week and listened to your segment here. As usual you are the sane rational voice in the storm pointing out that we all need to look deeper and appreciate the fundamental differences and similarities between us and try to build a bridge so that we can all live in the peaceful, pluralistic, tolerant society you spoke of. I think it is a shame that some people have made such a lightning rod of hate out of this center and have used the 9/11 victims and family members to justify it. I'm sure that for some families this center so close to the site will be at first hurtful but in the long run having that center there and accepting it is a perfect repudiation of bin Laden and his ideas and organization. Thank you for sharing your thoughts both here and in Newsweek.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
  13. Anna

    Sorry Fareed but you are dead wrong on this one. The only question here is why do they want to build a mosque on this specific site. If the people behind the project were sincere about revealing the true nature of Islam, why do it with a building? This is not so much a question of religious freedom that makes sense. You do not educate people to Islam by building a mosque, community center. Especially on this site.You could teach what Islam through actions that would be so many proofs of love, compassion, desire to heal the wounds. Help rebuild the lives of people whose existence was destroyed nine years ago, support families in need. For the time being put aside symbolic gestures in favor of practical help.

    August 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  14. Mai

    This an eloquent speech. Good job Fareed for standing up to the American values that so many others seem to be abandoning.

    August 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  15. Tammy Christine

    Children are color blind, till teach them other wise.. I told you, no more religous building, like we need another temple. The center for international understanding.. And rec center. If Islam wants to fit bill, fine and dandy!

    August 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm |