City Leader Wants Interfaith Center Instead Of Mosque

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — There was a change of heart Monday from one of the most vocal supporters of the proposed Islamic center near ground zero.

The head of Manhattan’s Community Board One, originally a strong proponent of the controversial construction, said the developer should change his plans.

Julie Menin initially voted in favor of the proposed Islamic center. That was before the project mushroomed into a divisive, paralyzing discourse into the issue of religious tolerance and the most appropriate way to respect the families of those killed on September 11.

“This dissension is no productive for our city, no productive for our country and you really need to figure out how to bring the parties together,” she said.

She announced her changing opinion in an Op-Ed piece for Monday’s Daily News, where she suggested the developer offer an olive branch by dedicating one entire floor of the proposed center to “interfaith non-denominational activities.”

Menin points out that such a place already exists. In fact, it’s at the sire of one of the 9/11 attacks: The Pentagon.

The Pentagon created an interfaith chapel used by Muslims, Christians and Jews alike as part of its 9/11 Memorial.

“We should look at that model, which was not controversial at all, and try to use the best elements of out of that model here,” she said.

A spokesman for the developer called Menin’s proposal “interesting” – which could indicate a willingness to talk.

Meanwhile, a group of concerned Muslims spoke out and released a public service announcement Monday.

“We’re concerned about this rising tide of anti-Muslim sentiment,” said Hassan Ahman of the My Faith, My Voice Campaign.

This is released after a recent poll, showing that 44 percent of Americans surveyed have a favorable view of the Muslim faith.

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  1. no name says:

    huh?

  2. Nick says:

    Tsk Tsk. Just because I’m anti-serial-killers, you all assume I’m Christian. Nope, I don’t follow some dress wearing Jewish boy call Hey Soos (Jesus). I anti-religious-meat-heads. Religion is just plain EVIL.

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-Slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and than lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will post that it’s just a few individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the fact that it happens worldwide and by more than just a few individuals.

  3. Wilma Gourgues says:

    NO ENEMY of The United States of America should be able to build or live here in this country.

    1. bimmerfan says:

      Are you nuts? Islam is the enemy of America?

  4. Wilma Gourgues says:

    wilmagourgues@yahoo.com I would like to correspond with fearless people who want good. Particular areas of interests: Ghost Writing, Demon Dispelling, Reality – Fact is “Stranger Than Fiction”. Personal: stong willed, stong minded, not suicidal, determined, persistant, out-spoken. I love the Universe.

  5. mike s. says:

    My second post says people will take certain texts out of context and try to prove their points. I admit it didn’t come across clearly. Anyone can use google, it is not difficult to verify any context, if you remove a bias commitment

  6. Tom B says:

    Mike S. quotes from Deuteronomy Chapter 13; he doesn’t tell you the book to make it harder to verify the context. Luckily I’ve seen this quote before always beginning at verse 7, awkwardly with the word “namely”. What . . . namely? Well beginning with verse 1:

    Deu 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

    Deu 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

    Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

    So these penalties do not fall on anyone who preaches gods other than Yahweh, only on those who can work miracles (wonders). The beliefs of the people of the time would be that anyone who can work miracles but preach against the Lord would be a demon. In fact in Mark 3:22 “And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub[a]! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” Jesus is so accused because not of his preaching but His miracles.

    The point being if you could work any miracles, and how many of us can, a preacher of a non-Jewish god would not be liable under this law.

  7. mike s. says:

    My point is critics of Islam will pull stuff out and say, “Hey look at these guys, they’re immoral and need to be stopped” and people will believe them, but don’t realize what is said about their own faiths and religions. The game can be played both ways. Take a few bad apples and you’ll try to throw as many facts out there that support your hatred.

  8. asheet maself says:

    Muslims have a difficult time conducting terrorist activity with all those pesky Jews and christens around

  9. M .J. Leclerc says:

    Whatever ,NO Cement trucks will ever deliver to this building site.
    And that is concrete . It must be moved ,but anyway it looks like
    one of the developers owes taxes and has a criminal past and so far
    that ten thousand dollars raised towards 100 million dollars cost says
    this won’t happen.

  10. mike s. says:

    Really Nick? The lines below DO NOT come from the Quran:
    “If thy brother … or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods … Thou shalt not consent unto him … neither shall thine eye pity him … But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.”
    How should nonbelievers be treated?
    What the Bible says about non-Christians, stoning, and religious tolerance
    (13:7) “From one end of the earth to the other”

    When to Stone Your Whole Family

    13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
    13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
    13:9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

  11. Nick says:

    I love that meathead with the “Love Thy Neighbor” sign. A muslim’s idea of love they neighbor is a beheading. But I guess she’s too dense to realize that until the blade goes through her dense head.

    1. goodkid1 says:

      You mean kinda like Texas and, what, about 25 other states here? How does a person live his life and learn so little abut it?

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