The 'Mosque at Ground Zero' and Religious Freedom
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Opposition to Islamic mosques is not confined to New York City and elsewhere it’s focused not on September 11 but on the Muslim religion. Are there parallels in American history? What are the consequences for the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom? Also, Obama catches a "primary" break in Colorado while Palin’s “Mama Grizzly” concedes in Georgia. On Reporter's Notebook, H1N1 flu has not been the worldwide killer predicted when the World Health Organization declared a "pandemic." Was there a false alarm?
Banner image: Opponents of a proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero hold signs during a community board meeting to debate the issue in lower Manhattan May 25, 2010 in New York City. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images
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The 'Mosque at Ground Zero' and Religious Freedom ()
The furor over what's called "the mosque" near Ground Zero centers on part of a $100 million project called Cordoba House. Opponents, including some high-profile Christian and Jewish groups, call it "insensitive" to the families of people who died on September 11. Elsewhere in the country, opposition to new mosques began with concerns about traffic and parking, but lately it's focused on the Muslim religion itself. Islam has been called a "cult" that encourages terrorist bombers and is accused of secret plans to bring Shariah law to America. That's raised concerns about the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom. Is a basic American principle at risk at a time of uncertainty over economics and immigration?
- Laurie Goodstein: National Religion Correspondent, New York Times, @lauriegnyt
- Richard Land: President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, @erlcsbc
- Aziz Poonawalla: Author, BeliefNet's City of Brass blog
- Ronald Kessler: Correspondent, Newsmax.com
- Stephan Salisbury: Cultural Writer, Philadelphia Enquirer
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- Betsy McKay: Atlanta Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal
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