Muslim Groups Back Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of Muslim groups called Monday for interfaith dialogue to combat religious intolerance and said they support the right to build a controversial Islamic center near ground zero.

“We stand for the constitutional right of Muslims, and Americans of all faiths, to build houses of worship anywhere in our nation as allowed by local laws and regulations,” the Muslim leaders said in a statement delivered at the site of the proposed Islamic center in downtown Manhattan, to be called Park51.

They called for a “week of dialogue” on the weekend of Oct. 22-24, during which Muslims would conduct open houses at their places of worship to help ease tensions.

“This might indeed be another teachable moment for America,” said Mahdi Bray, executive director of a Washington, D.C.-based group called Muslim American Society Freedom.

The Muslim leaders spoke after a daylong summit meeting Sunday at a hotel near Kennedy Airport.

Groups participating in the summit included the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim Alliance of North America and the Council on American Islamic Relations.

The developers of the Islamic center did not attend the news conference, but speakers said they support the proposed center.

“Ground zero belongs to all Americans,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. mujjjie says:

    just like how christianity and judaism have people who call themselves “christian”‘ and “jewish” but they dont actually practice the religion, islam have the same kind of people. the call themselves “muslim” but they dont follow anything that the quran teaches and they dont even practice the religion. these people arent really muslim. same with christians and jews… people who call themselves christian and jewish but dont follow anything their holy books teach nor practice the religion arent really christian and jewish. i hope i made my point.

  2. mujjjie says:

    actually, none of the terrorists are real muslim. if they were really muslim, they wouldnt be doing any of this.

  3. mujjjie says:

    the people who crashed the planes werent even real muslim.

  4. freedomforall says:

    JAMS, firstmate, or whatever, my previous comments are for you.

  5. freedomforall says:

    Oh really, so who told you that 9/11 was done in the name of Islam? You media brainwashed bigots still think that there are wmds in Iraq. Who is the biggest liar here? Morons like you also think in muslim countries that Nato consists of all christians and is another form of crusade. Your hatred and desperation is obvious with your multiple names posting your hate filled bigotry.

    1. DanTe says:

      So you’re trying to tell the world now that mu-slimes did not crash those planes burning 3,000+ people alive in tall buildings? I love that empty space between your ears that lets you think humans are really that stupid.

      Oh wait, the libturds in CBS and “nathan” here ARE that stupid. What do you know? You mu-slimes are right in this one instance – for once.

  6. DanTe says:

    Mu-Slimes HAVE A Religious RIGHT to build their mosque. But why am I not allowed MY Religious Rights to blow it up, just like mu-slimes blow everything else up? Fair is Fair.

    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 a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

  7. The Duplicater says:

    Look at that, firstmate and JAMS posting the same comment. Surely they’re 2 different people with the exact same thoughts….word for word. AMAZING!

  8. JAMS says:

    Baba Zage Y.
    Why don’t you set an Example first before you preach others in public?
    Matter of fact, why don’t you just pretend that you became a Christian for a month and see how your own family and people in you mosque react. See how well your own in America adhere to our constitution and preach to them first.

    And if you are still survived a month later, then maybe expand your horizon a little bit more and venture out to another parts of the world of your own religious house and see if that works there and do the same in the Islamic countries that guarantee the religious freedom in their constitution, such as, let’s try Egypt or Turkey first, and Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Borneo, Chechnya, Eritrea, Gaza, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya, Maldives Island, Malaysia, Baitarani, Moldova, Morocco, North Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, N. Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and in the Mosques of other Islamic nations in the world with constitutional right for religious freedom.
    Clean your own house first, babe, and don’t be a hypocrite.

  9. firstmate says:

    Baba Zage Y.
    Why don’t you set an Example first before you preach others in public?
    Matter of fact, why don’t you just pretend that you became a Christian for a month and see how your own family and people in you mosque react. See how well your own in America adhere to our constitution and preach to them first.

    And if you are still survived a month later, then maybe expand your horizon a little bit more and venture out to another parts of the world of your own religious house and see if that works there and do the same in the Islamic countries that guarantee the religious freedom in their constitution, such as, let’s try Egypt or Turkey first, and Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Borneo, Chechnya, Eritrea, Gaza, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya, Maldives Island, Malaysia, Baitarani, Moldova, Morocco, North Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, N. Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and in the Mosques of other Islamic nations in the world with constitutional right for religious freedom.
    Clean your own house first, babe, and don’t be a hypocrite.

  10. firstmate says:

    Hell no, David Levy, freedomforall
    THERE IS NO KILLING UNDER THE NAME OF CHRISTIANITY OR JUDAISM OR BUDDHISM OR ANY OTHER MAJO RELIGIONS IN THE WORLD AS AN ACT OF RELIGIOUS RITUALS EXCEPT SATAN WORSHIP AND ISLAM.

    So, ISLAM IS SYNONYM FOR SATAN WORSHIP!

    You think you can hide your true murderous attitude under the guise of pseudonym.
    Tz tz, , GET OUT OF AMERICA!

  11. Paul Hewson says:

    Have the Khardashian’s weighed in on this? That’s the only opinion I’ll take seriously.

  12. firstmate says:

    Right on JAMS!

  13. JAMS says:

    HOW OBNOXIOUSLY THICK SKINNED HYPOCRITES THESE SO CALLED PEACEFUL MUSLIMS ARE!!!
    NO UNITED EFFORT OF APOLOGY TO AMERICA FOR 911 OR
    NO UNITED STAND TO CONDEMN OTHER MUSLIMS’ ASTROUCIOUS ATTACKS AND KILLINGS ON CHRISTIANS, HINDUS, AND JEWS AND PEOPLE OF OTHER RELIGIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD!

    BUT NOW THEY ARE UNITED TOGETHER TO DEMAND TOLERANCE FROM US AFTER THEY KILLED OVER 3000 LIVES OF OUR LOVED ONES!

    WHY DON’T THEY BUILD THE MEMORIUN OF TOLERANCE IN THEIR OWN HOME WHEN THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS CHOOSE ANOTHER RELIGION, OR TOLERANCE AND PEACE MEMORIUM IN GAZA, PAKISTAN, NORTH NIGERIA, SUDAN, INDONESIA, IRAQ AND IRAN, AND SAUDI ARABIA?

    WE HAVE TOLERATED ISLAM AND WE ARE SICKENED ALL THE WAY TO THE NECK AND CAN’T STAND WITHOUT THROWING UP THE OBNOXIOUS ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIORS OF MUSLIMS!

    ALL QURANS SHOULD BE BURNED IN AMERICA BECAUSE IT CALLS FOR HATRED!
    ALLAH IN QURAN IS OBVIOUSLY THE INBODIMENT OF SATAN!

    1. JAMS says:

      Amen to JAMS!

  14. PROUD AGNOSTIC says:

    MOOSLIMS ARE A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO OUR FREEDOM & CHRISTIAN JUDAIC CULTURE!

  15. nathan says:

    Hmm where is DanTe today? Something must be up.

    1. DanTe says:

      Awww…. ain’t it cute. Little nathan’s got a hard on for me. It’s still can’t provide any facts or truths to support it’s idiocy. But it is drooling prettily for the Great DanTe.

  16. Ronnie says:

    Ground Zero does belong to AMERICA – AMERICANS that were born here. Not people from other countries that come here and claim to be AMERICAN. You will never be AMERICAN and you should show some respect or go back home from whence you came.

  17. COMMANDER,K says:

    OBAMA goes about his business by speaking the lie. II Thessalonians 2 says that he comes “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.” Revelation 13:12 says, “and he spoke as a dragon….” Revelation 17 tells us that he was a false prophet, a prophet being one whose calling it is to speak and to teach. The armies of the world may have guns and tanks and bombs to bring people into submission; but the power of speech and ideas is a mighty power. In his initial attempts to destroy the cause of God, OBAMA used a serpent to deceive the woman with crooked speech: “You will be like God.” Now he uses a “dragon” who speaks crafty, lying words. His speeches will be heard by millions who will hang on his persuasive rhetoric. The content as well as the form of his speech will attract. Like most false prophets, he will even be sincere and passionate. But he is a liar. He adds dashes of truth to the mix, so that his lie tastes like truth. He will use all the right catchwords, using the language of the church, even throwing in a Bible text or two. But he is the ultimate Liar, and will deceive many.
    OBAMA will use every tool available: school teachers, politicians, news broadcasters, artists, musicians, scientists and doctors, lawyers and businessmen. All will be pressed into the service of OBAMA to deceive men. But especially he will use those whose calling it is to persuade and to teach �quot; men who claim to be preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    THE COMMANDER,,, REPOST THIS IF YOU AGREE .. THE END OF AMERICA

  18. Baba Zage Y. says:

    this is America! America’s slogan of liberty is not a mere slogan. they have the right to construct a mosque and government has the right to stop them so far it may warrant any breech of peace. it is not necessary to build a mosque but necessary to live in peace. brothers Muslims, pursue your right with uttermost sincerity of purpose and avoid unnecessary confrontation.

  19. freedomforall says:

    First of all I am sick and tired of these Islamophic bigots who think that a place of worship is somehow a disrespect. How? First of all there are millions who disagree with official version of 9/11. Secondly even if we believe that few muslims committed this crime, then since when the action of the few respresents a religion let alone the whole community? Millions of Iraqi and Afghan civilians died, so by the logic of these bigots, muslims should ban all the churches in Iraq and since the fight happened all over the country? Are these people even real christians and Jews who believe that strip bars are sacred places but somehow a religious place that endoreses Moses and Jesus is a disrespect? There are extremists in every religion and the moderate people should never allow them to hijack our freedom.

  20. kurt says:

    Am so so SORRY for Americans ..This is the down fall of a BIG nation…We Africa still regret of accepting that religion called Muslim..Africa back in the days dont have religion of such,But they came in and Everything went BAD,killing people like goat,Am a Nigerian They are the PROBLEM we have in that country Politically and Religiously…Ever since they have being ruling that country is MESS MESS MESS ,Killing all the Christian ..This people have the same Agenda ! ! !..PLS AMERICAN’S ARE U SLEEPING??? AM SO SO SO SORRY FOR YOU I GIVE YOU JUST 4YRS AFTER THEY BUILD their Kingdom of Doom called Mosque near ground zero The shall hit you strongly ..Mark my words.

  21. Tarzan says:

    What part of no don’t they understand?

  22. david says:

    pouring salt in the wounds an they love it they just showing the us that they still got power

  23. Alan says:

    Remember well after 9/11… The deafening silence of EVERY Islamic Imam and association etc. If anyone is insensitive, it is these groups who insist on their VICTORY mosque. They have no feelings or understanding about those who underwent the horrors of 9/11. Daisy Khan stated openly that the mosque MUST be at THIS location. We survivors of 9/11 have nothing against houses of worship of any kind. BUT NO MOSQUE at a place so close that plane parts went through its roof…and no VICTORY MOSQUE EVER. Those of us lucky enough to get out with minor injuries remember our co-workers who didn’t make it and will never forget them. I have kept silent until now…but this pronouncement is unmitigated gall.

  24. David Levy says:

    I have never understood, nor do I now, why we don’t hear Christian groups, or Jewish groups for that matter, raise their voices up against the numerous murders committed in the name of Christianity Judaism, capitalism, and “Western Civilisation” around the globe and more particular in Muslim countries…….Why not?

  25. FN Jerk says:

    Is it really a surprise?

  26. MOOSA says:

    BEING A MUSLIMS, I STILL ADVISE MUSLIMS OF AMERICA TO AVOID CONFRONTATION WITH THEIR BROTHEREN CHSRITIANS. ISLAM DOESNT TEACH CONFRONTATION. IT MUST BE AVOIDED AS MUCH AS ITS POSSIBLE. RECENTLY ONTHIS ISSUE 10 MUSLIMS DIED IN KASHMIR. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT???

  27. Mr.notbelievingit says:

    build a jewish center and a christian center next to their’s and lets see how they observe the rights of others to be there.

    1. Alix Prego says:

      Forget next to it. Help build a place of worship inside Park 51.

  28. pat says:

    I have never understood, not do I now, why we don’t har these same Muslim groups, or any other for that matter, raise their voices up against the numerous murders committed in the name of Islam, around the globe…….Why not?

    1. Alix Prego says:

      The american public does not hear or see it in the media because it does not sell. The same muslim groups do raise their voices against the acts which you speak of. You can visit their website or them personally and you can be a witness for yourself.

      1. DanTe says:

        Can we practice our religious rights and get an Islamic nut job to fly a plane into the new mosque? Just guarantee the camel turd 72 virgins in a heaven somewhere (2 of which are boys).

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