August 31st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Mosque Fears: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, the calls, threats and violent acts aimed at stopping the expansion of an Islamic center - not in Lower Manhattan - but central Tennessee. Keeping Them Honest, we'll talk with a leading opponent of the center. Plus, Pres. Obama marks the end of the combat mission in Iraq with an address from the Oval Office. We've got the raw politics.

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  1. Garba Deen

    Something is horribly wrong with the way America thinks.At this rate the real extremists will soon start shooting anyone that looks like they are Arab.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  2. John

    Obama is the president of Unite State, isn't a president of Christian.
    Unite State is a Country of Christians, muslims, Juths and many others. the notion that he is sympathetic to muslims is ludicr..

    August 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  3. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Paris needs a new brain. I can't believe she gets air time. Chewing gum ~ Geepers how lame

    August 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  4. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Heather, the problem is that those who do say they are doing so for Islam; and the vast majority of Islam seems OK with that if silence is agreement.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Ha, ha,. Paris Hilton reminds me of a story my police officer daughter told. She asked for ID at a stop and the when the guy pulled out his wallet a bag of cocaine fell out too. These people are major league dumb.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Cate Gardner

    If this was truly a religion of peace, the organizers would choose a peacful resolution to the location of their mosque. Persisting to build in a location that is so highly volitol shows no tolerance or consideration on their part for their neighbors to be. Keep watching the leaders push. It's not about the simple followers.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  7. lisal -canada

    i think paris needs some new friends

    August 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @ Peg
    I agree with you. I think the building of mosques right now anywhere in the United States is partially a timing issue. With the huge nationwide discussion (uproar) on whether a mosque should be built 2 blocks from Ground Zero, it's interesting that it's affecting other parts of the U.S. as well. I would love to know how many permits are asked for religious buildings (regardless of type) across the United States.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Mike- 'The fundamental difference between Islam and other religions is that members of other religions aren't flying planes into buildings or setting off bombs in the name of their religion. It may be a minority of Muslims, but it is a fundamental difference'

    Not all people in Islam are flying planes into buildings or setting off bombs.......

    August 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Nan

    Fareed said that the religious discrimination is unsettling "... for a country that celebrates diversity". Not sure where this interpretation of the US has come from. Isn't America was "the great melting pot"? As an outsider looking in at your country, there's a whole lot of agitation when people speak Spanish, build mosques, promote same-sex relationships, etc.. What diversity is actually celebrated?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  11. cicly

    i likes that sharp, imtelligent, cheeky paul. he's just about always right on,

    August 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Nina

    oops... I thought it was gum? now that takes it all. Talk about funny. What a silly story.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Janis Hewitt

    Re: Is Obama a Muslim? This topic is being over intellectualized. I appreciate the finer points of the discussion but I feel it may be promoting an agenda that is a little more visceral than cerebral. The point is moot. He's President of the United States. He's our leader.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Matt, middle TN

    Douglas Wade, you hit the nail on the head.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  15. Robin

    In my opinion almost all religions preach and teach tolerance and love of brotherhood but almost none of them practice it. There have been more wars started in the name of some form of God then for any other reason not to mention all of the "prophets" who are acting in the name of God.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Barb D

    Way to go Fareed...voice of reason, have him on more

    August 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  17. Justin - El Paso

    Great job Anderson for asking the tough questions. The same people that believe the president is Muslim are the same people who are using fear tactics during this election season. This is ridiculous! Every effort to de-legitimize this president since he took office by some people have been on the rise and has now reached a fever pitch during this election season. I have faith in the American people to seek out the truth, because the truth will always prevail.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Jerry

    It is good to know the Klan is alive and thriving, not only in NYC, but here, in the Volunteer state. The First Amendment's right to worship as one pleases will be next on the chopping block, after diluting the 14th. Whatever happened to "love thy neighbor?"

    August 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  19. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Kaytee, no one is stopping the Ground Zero mosque. We are ASKING a group that claims they are reaching out to us to 'walk the walk' by moving a few blocks. A very reasonable request, if they are serious in their motives.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  20. Lisa

    Hi Anderson!
    I think its time for our country to heal from 911. I am Christian, and I don't think its fair/just to be against a Mosque being built. As long as we know there's no terrorist talks. If this group is a trusted group, then whats wrong with it? There are good people in all religions. If they end up lying and are terrorists, then we can close them down. We should make that part of their contract beforehand, if possible. God bless!!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Christian who want the Constitution upheld, "Isn't the President suppose to uphold the freedom of religion?"

    That is true, but many of Obama's actions, including the address to the Muslim world in June 2009, his order to NASA to make reaching out to Muslims a "priority", and his endorsement of the building of the ground zero mosque at the Muslim brotherhood dinner, suggest that it is more than just upholding freedom of religion.

    And let's not forget that his father was a Muslim.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  22. Maryann

    There are good and bad people in all religions.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  23. Debbie

    Fareed is 100% right, when the criticism is based on a specific religion – Very unamerican to me. We fought freedom for all, now let's live it. Come on Sara and Newt where is your support for the Mosque in Tennessee???

    August 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Nana

    It's unfortunate, Islam is being perceived wrongly.. This month is a peaceful one and this is how all Muslims are suppose to be all year round, let's not push each other, instead let's all be reasonable.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Nancy in Oregon

    But Mike, other religions have victimized and ruined the lives of children, for instance. There are 'sick' people in all groups....sadly. (I wish it truly were confined to one group, but it's not.)

    August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  26. Rey

    About the Mosque in New York City.
    Why are there churches for whites in the south – on the same grounds where thousands of African Americans were killed by white people?
    The towers were brought down by different people not by people who live, work, and have their families in the USA. Of course in any race there are good people and bad people but the Constitution condemns specific people, the ones who did it and not the whole race.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  27. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Earl, Earl, Earl, I hate to see you whirl~

    August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  28. Chaney,La

    Fareed is right, there is a lot of people who do try to de-legitimize the Obama Presidency....and some of it is racial.....and some people do not want to admit it.... I live amongst it....
    David there are people who had loved ones lost in 9/11 who dont object to a Mosque being built 2 blocks from WTC.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  29. barry

    good conversation this evening...i have to say david g usually makes more sense...great panel to discuss issue...

    August 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Kaytee

    I would hope the president is sympathetic to the views of all religions and to the views of the nonreligious also.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  31. Mitchell Knief

    Why is this so hard for you all to realize. It's not about faith and religion. They have been implicated in terrorism. Not only does it say we have the right to freedom of religion it also says we have the right to feel safe.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Linda

    I don't understand why your listeners keep hammering about "hate". What is wrong with getting all the information? And why does the sensitivity issue only seem to go one way? Why can't that group of muslims show some sensitivity to the many people mourning their dead loved ones? Christians can't even put up a manger scene in many public places out of respect to other beliefs! Building the mosque would be the ultimate selfish act.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Di

    What kind of leaders will be elected if people are feeling threatened by other religions?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Norman in Pa

    Pat Robertson should be ashamed of himself spreading fear instead of tolerance. That statement on the building of the mosque just totaly discredits anything that comes from his mouth.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  35. ed.nunes

    quit complaning and suck it up this is america you have your rights . Unlike other countries here you can cry yell and complain all you want .So shut up and live your lives and worry about yourselfs and no one else . Oh and don't forget it wasn't cathlics that blew up the twin towers . when they do then we'll focus on hating them or some other religion , thats america for you.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  36. jihan

    I am saddened by the paranoia and bigotry that the issue of building a mosque has brought. People please study your history and remember what this beautiful country was founded upon – freedom. Open your minds and remember that those individuals are Americans just like everyone else, this is their country!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Rob in Kentucky

    When will our minds catch up with reality? The majority of humans on the planet still practice mythological beliefs! Reality and Atheism TRUMP all Religions....It takes years of self delusion to become a religious nut, but only a few weeks of historical studies to find out that ALL Religions are Myth.....Those are the facts and Ill debate them with anyone.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There are over 1000 mosques in the US, and the vast majority have no community issues.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Maria

    The media explains things well! American religions are suspicious and evil!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Nancy in Oregon

    I like a President being 'sympathetic' to the hurts of other groups, though, Mike....rather than being hateful or rigid. To my mind that is not endorsement of everything about a group or a fringe of a group. I feel sympathetic toward lots of people I don't necessarily buy totally into.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  41. David, Indiana

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

    I was expecting to begin with discussion of the President's oval office address to the country on conclusion of combat in Iraq.

    Well I didn't hear all of Pat Robertson's remarks but he seems to be making unsubstantiated claims about the mosque to be built in Murfreesboro.

    So is DHS looking into the Imam? The fact that fed authorities say the mosque in Texas is not a hotbed of radicalism casts what Ms Cardoza-Moore into doubt.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Mark

    Articles like this one makes wonder how much longer before we become like No. Ireland. Line up behind your religon and the fighing begins.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  43. charles anderson

    I am a 60 year old black male....why is the lady not concerned about the KKK a well known terrorist group operating openly here in the U.S. and I'm sure right under her self righteous nose in Murfreesboro,would she deny them building a church because she feared they might recruit more members

    August 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Nermina..St.Louis MO

    I don't know what kind of religion Pat Robertson is,because all he's spreading is hate and condemn and that is not the way a "priest" should act.
    I'm a Muslim and I feel very sorry for all of you out there that jump to conclusion and have no idea about Islam.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Maria

    I am turned off by religions. CNN is correct. The only good people who are religious are Muslims.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  46. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The fundamental difference between Islam and other religions is that members of other religions aren't flying planes into buildings or setting off bombs in the name of their religion. It may be a minority of Muslims, but it is a fundamental difference.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  47. Kaytee

    Mike, formerly from Syracuse :
    "People have a legitimate issue with the Ground Zero mosque. That doesn't mean they oppose all mosques. People are demonizing those with real issues about insensitivity."

    That is so true. But that is also why you don't stop people from doing something because YOU think its insensitive. Then everyone everywhere think they can do the same thing, because they may think its insensitive in Tn or Fl or where ever. Either we let people practice freedom of religion (despite how it makes you feel) or we don't. What if I'm offended by Catholic Churches to close to school yards??

    August 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Paul

    Christian terrorism and fear-mongering! Just another example of a Christian based Crusade. Freedom of religion is EVERY U.S Citizen's Rights! Not just Christianity! This is an issue that will not rest and will ultimately divide us! And I am an Atheist!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  49. Stuart Taube

    As a Canadian Jew living in the United States I find it quite disconcerting when i listen to such rubbish from those in opposition to the expansion of a mosque.

    Most Jews in North America together with other minorities have experienced taking their family past police guarding their place of worship.

    Propaganda has been a very dangerous tool in history!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  50. Babar

    There is nothing called Radical Islam. Why do you folks come up with labels like these? is it out of lack of knowledge or to sensationalize news? Can we not just call the terrorists what they are, just "Terrorists"?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
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