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Freedon of Religion (unless you're Muslim?)
Anti-mosque protests on the rise, say Muslim advocates

Opposition to the construction of mosques has skyrocketed in cities and towns across the country, scholars and advocates of Muslim culture tell The Upshot.

Public protests against three planned mosques have made news in the past week: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined others in opposing the building of a mosque a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. Hundreds demonstrated against a proposed mosque in a small town in Tennessee (pictured above). And some residents of Temecula, California, are opposing the local Muslim community's plan to build a bigger mosque, saying it could become a hotbed of radical Islam.

[Photos: See the current World Trade Center site and mosque protesters]

Professor Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University's School of International Service, is not surprised by the recent spate of public protests. He spent last year traveling to more than 100 mosques in 75 U.S. cities with a team of researchers, and concluded that opposition to mosques, including some attacks on them, is on the rise.

"Everywhere there's a mosque, there's a tension now," Ahmed says.

[Your comments: Should the burqa be banned?]

Ahmed believes most Americans have little idea what goes on inside the approximately 2,000 mosques in the country, which leads to fear and anti-Muslim sentiment. Comments from public figures like Sarah Palin exacerbate the problem, he says.

Palin posted Sunday on Twitter that a planned mosque near the World Trade Center site would "stab hearts." She joined a PAC and family members of some 9-11 victims in vocally objecting to the religious center. "Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing," she wrote. (In addition to the mosque, the 13-story, $100 million project would include a swimming pool, gym, and performance space open to everyone, reports ABC News.)

[No churches in Saudi Arabia? Then no mosques near Ground Zero, Gingrich says]

"Sarah Palin's comments again were saying implicitly that mosques are associated with violence and terrorism," Ahmed says, though he adds that he thinks the tension over this proposed mosque is unique due to the "raw wounds" of the 9/11 attacks. "At the highest level, even in America, we have a [former] vice presidential candidate, she can openly make a statement like this."

[U.S. networks refuse to air anti-mosque ads]

Palin defended her statements in a post on Facebook, saying that she is all for religious freedom and tolerance, but that not building the mosque near Ground Zero is an issue of "common moral sense."

[Photos: Photos: See the latest images of Sarah Palin]

Jim Zogby, the head of the Arab-American Institute, a nonprofit research group, said there are not enough people in public life defending American Muslims' right to worship.

"There is very little counter-thrust in the public debate, and the result is, I think, Muslims are becoming increasingly concerned about their security in the country," Zogby says. "This is a worrisome environment. Something's got to give."

Opponents of mosques feel freer now to openly object to the presence of a mosque in their community, says Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy organization.

"Mosques used to face opposition in the past, but it was usually couched in terms of opposition to parking or traffic," Hooper says. "But you know, it's only recently, I think, that people feel comfortable expressing their bigotry so openly."

Of course, opponents of mosques do not consider themselves bigots, and many are genuinely concerned that mosques may help produce homegrown terrorists. According to the Washington Post, 34 Americans have been charged by U.S. authorities since January 2009 with direct involvement in international terrorism. But in many of these case, it appears the suspects were radicalized via Internet contacts.

Ahmed says the incidents of Americans turning to jihad is a reflection of a "failure in Muslim leadership." He says Muslim religious leaders should have to be trained and certified, since they are in positions of power, often over young congregations. But he adds that opposing mosques at home will only fuel accusations from America's enemies that the country hates Islam and Muslims.

A pastor opposed to the proposed Temecula mosque reflected these fears of homegrown terrorism.

"There is a concern with all the rumors you hear about sleeper cells and all that. Are we supposed to be complacent just because these people say it's a religion of peace? Many others have said the same thing," Pastor Bill Rench told the Los Angeles Times.

Others say their opposition is a matter of pragmatism. Stephen Schwartz, a convert to Islam and the founder of the nonprofit Center for Islamic Pluralism, opposes the building of the mosque near the World Trade Center, calling it an "unnecessary and misguided attempt at conciliation." He says that Muslims should not build big new mosques in the country because it will stoke tensions with the non-Muslim community.

"The problem that emerges is that these projects, when they are ambitious and large, set off a certain sector of the American people," Schwartz says. "I think that's very unfortunate but it is reality. Muslims should take that into account and should understand that building large mosques right now will be problematic."

Some opponents of the mosque in Tennessee have told local news outlets they think people will learn jihad inside the mosque's walls, though the local Muslim community has had a smaller mosque in the town for years without incident.

Several hundred people in Tennessee took to the streets of Murfreesboro last week to protest the local Islamic Center's 15-acre land purchase. They were met by a counterprotest of equal size.

"In Islam, a mosque means 'We have conquered this country,' " one man told a local CNN affiliate. "And where are they? They're in the center of Tennessee. They're going to say, 'We have conquered Tennessee.' "

A plan for a separate mosque was tabled in another town in Tennessee this year after public opposition, reports the Tennessean.

Ahmed visited the site of a mosque in Columbia, Tennessee, that had been burned down and vandalized with painted swastikas in 2008, while researching last year.

"The local tiny Muslim community was in a state of shock because most of them were born in America and had lived very happily in the small community," he says. "People say, 'Go back home,' and they say, 'Where do we go? This is our home.' "

NEXT-DAY UPDATE: Palin's Facebook post explaining her opposition to the mosque near the World Trade Center temporarily disappeared Thursday. Facebook is investigating whether the post was removed because users reported it as offensive "hate speech."
07-24-2010 11:06 AM
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RE: Freedon of Religion (unless you're Muslim?)
GOD WAS CREATED BY MAN - IN MAN'S IMAGE...

This was done either to explain the unexpainable, or as a method of controlling the minds and thoughts of other men...

Frankly, I think they're all nuts. But at least the majority of Muslims practice what they preach - unlike the majority of Christians. The only Muslims you need to fear are the extremists. I wish that were the case with Christians...
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I could care less if a Mosque was built within a few blocks of my home or within my city limits. I do have a problem with the building of a Mosque within a few blocks of the Ground Zero.

And bit your correct about Christians not following their own religion. Their actions is one of the many reasons why I left the churth.
07-25-2010 12:27 AM
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(07-25-2010 12:27 AM)animus Wrote:  I could care less if a Mosque was built within a few blocks of my home or within my city limits. I do have a problem with the building of a Mosque within a few blocks of the Ground Zero.

And bit your correct about Christians not following their own religion. Their actions is one of the many reasons why I left the churth.

way to lump in the millions of muslims who were just as horrified from the actions on september 11 (a lot of whom were AMERICANS i may add) as were everyone else. many people forget, iran had a candlelight vigil the night the attacks happened.

if you are so against a mosque being built that close to ground zero, then i hope you also would hold the same feelings about any other religious place of worship being built there either. islam is as much a peaceful religion as christianity is a violent bloodthirsty one.
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(07-26-2010 05:53 PM)ctkatz Wrote:  
(07-25-2010 12:27 AM)animus Wrote:  I could care less if a Mosque was built within a few blocks of my home or within my city limits. I do have a problem with the building of a Mosque within a few blocks of the Ground Zero.

And bit your correct about Christians not following their own religion. Their actions is one of the many reasons why I left the churth.

way to lump in the millions of muslims who were just as horrified from the actions on september 11 (a lot of whom were AMERICANS i may add) as were everyone else. many people forget, iran had a candlelight vigil the night the attacks happened.

if you are so against a mosque being built that close to ground zero, then i hope you also would hold the same feelings about any other religious place of worship being built there either. islam is as much a peaceful religion as christianity is a violent bloodthirsty one.

Its a sensitivity issue man. 3 thousand people died at ground zero. If Christians or Jews would've been responsible for that terrible day. I'd have the same feelings about a Church/Cathedral or a Synagogue being built near ground zero. I'm not attacking everybody of the Muslim/Islam faith here. If I was i'd be against Mosques across the entire country. I'm just saying you can build a Mosque next door to my home but not within a block or 2 within ground zero.
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I see a problem sticking churches right next to the financial center of the world. Nobody that hangs around there belongs in any religious structure...
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I can agree with that Bit.
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