September 13th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Build Islamic center on Ground Zero, says Moore

(CNN) – Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is weighing in on the proposed Islamic Community Center in New York City, stirring the the pot by saying he doesn't want it to be built near Ground Zero but rather on Ground Zero.

"I want it built on Ground Zero. Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice," Moore writes in an open letter on his website. "I believe in an America that says you have the right to worship whatever God you have, wherever you want to worship.

"And I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you," he added.

The filmmaker is also urging his supporters to contribute money to help fund the controversial project and is pledging to match up to $10,000 in donations.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. zeke

    What? Their religion was stolen from them at ground zero!? It is a religion that advocates intollerance and violence to all but its own and seeks world domination through infestation. The moderate "friendly" muslims are the unknowing puppets of the radicals who will continue down their path of violence. All "good" muslims will do whatever their cleriks tell them. They must. It is written.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  2. FormerTanker

    You people have got to be kidding me.... Building a mosque on ground zero seems appropriate to you? Why not build build a tribute to the Nazi's on Omaha Beach? The German culture was stolen from them by the Nazi's so, according to Moore, what could promote healing better than that? Michael Moore is an attention whore and anyone who actually listens to him and takes him seriously should be lobotomized. I'm all about freedom of religion but come on people... that is totally inappropriate. Don't play into his rather fat hands.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  3. Lyle R, Hannah

    What don't they build the two twin towers, as it was before. But build it much better this time. (Why leave a hole in the ground for so long then you have Michael Moores dull comments)

    September 14, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  4. Dane Gilbert

    Thank you Michael Moore for standing up for the America I want to be part of. The Constitution's protections mean nothing if they only apply according to the whims of the bigots.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:42 am |

    Great guy!!! Thanks for standing for the truth & what is right. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL

    September 14, 2010 at 2:33 am |
  6. L. Carter

    I think that building the mosque on ground zero is an under lying statement to the American people that that seals what they were sent here to do.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:47 am |
  7. Ann

    America is and will always be the "land of the free and home of the brave".We need more rational voices like that of Mr.Moore to remind us Americans who we really are and what this nation really stands for.Using hateful rhetoric and demonizing a particular religious group is sad and UN-American.We have more religions today in united states that ever before and not all of them are aligned to the christian doctrine.We should nip this in the bud before it surfaces as larger than life issue and robs us Americans of the very values our country was founded upon.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:45 am |
  8. floyd

    This capitalist slug makes millions off of his phoney B.S movies full of lies and gets away with it. He then calls America evil. This slob should move to Cuba, the country he adores. He wont be missed, by at least the sane individuals left in this country.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:42 am |
  9. Carol Hepburn

    Thanks Michael for standing up and reminding us of our history with your examples of Lincoln, Roosevelt, MLK Jr in Cicero, our original positions on slavery, women's suffrage, and the like. Once we work through all of the extreme positions, Americans usually do the right thing. It just takes us a while. Thank you for speaking for so many of us who are embarrassed at the narrow views being espoused by so many. As you said on CNN tonight, we should be making a peace park at Ground Zero, a place dedicated to coming together.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Muhamad

    If Muslims cannot build mosques in at least 49 of the 50 states in the U.S.A (excluding NY,due to high tension of the terrorist attack that took the lives of many innocent people which i deeply feel sorry for), and are feeling unwelcome when they "Are" United Stats Citizens, then where does America propose for the Muslim community to "FREELY" practice their religious belief? And not to mention that this country was founded on religious freedom.Was it not?

    September 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
  11. Kannan

    Come on Moore does it make any sense to build it on Ground Zero. Your logic is not right. If it is build anywhere near Ground Zero it will be a nonsense for generations to come.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm |