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’Ground Zero mosque’ opens quietly
Al Jazeera ^ | 22 Sep 2011 | AP

Posted on 09/26/2011 9:48:00 PM PDT by DelanoSAlways

An Islamic cultural centre close to the site where New York's World Trade Center once stood has opened quietly in spite of scenes last year of vehement protests from those who said the area should not house a mosque.

The opening ceremony for the Park51 centre on Wednesday featured a photo exhibit called "NYChildren", displaying over 160 portraits of immigrant children living in New York.

Sharif El-Gamal, the center's developer, said the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start.

"We made incredible mistakes," El-Gamal told The Associated Press in an earlier interview at his Manhattan office.

The building at 51 Park Place, two blocks from the World Trade Center site, includes a Muslim prayer space that has been open for two years.

The Islamic center sparked a national debate last year about the place of Islam among the numerous religions practised in the US.

By contrast, Park51 has vowed to offer "social and recreational services, as well as world-class health, wellness and educational facilities", alongside a religious focus.

"Presently, Park51 is opening its doors to New Yorkers of all backgrounds for interfaith workshops, films and lectures," the group said on its website, as a mosque has already been operating on the site for two years.

Last year thousands of people marched through New York on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, facing off in angry debate under a heavy police presence as they protested for or against the project.

The row was stirred in August 2010 by threats from an evangelical Christian pastor to burn hundreds of Korans unless the mosque was moved.


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Obama is moving towards his ultimate goal of shariah for every American!
1 posted on 09/26/2011 9:48:04 PM PDT by DelanoSAlways
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To: DelanoSAlways

Why did Obama have to be there at all?


2 posted on 09/26/2011 9:52:37 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: DelanoSAlways

Let’s see if they permit Jewish meetings to be held there .....


3 posted on 09/26/2011 9:53:05 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: DelanoSAlways

Children, sharia and sharia alike!


4 posted on 09/26/2011 9:53:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Does a building have to be done in the classical mosque style, with a dome and a prayer tower, in order to qualify within Islam as a “mosque”? Is it enough to have a prayer sanctuary in it? Nobody would say that in order to be a church, a building needs a steeple.


5 posted on 09/26/2011 9:55:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: DelanoSAlways

sow the wind, reap the whirlwind


6 posted on 09/26/2011 9:57:43 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: DelanoSAlways

Thanks a lot Bloomie. May you and the Kenyan get everything that’s coming to you. Both now and in the afterlife.


7 posted on 09/26/2011 9:58:16 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Those who love liberty love Sarah)
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To: DelanoSAlways
an evangelical Christian pastor to burn hundreds of Korans unless the mosque was moved

One koran burned for each Christian burned to death by Muslims in.. what? the last year?

8 posted on 09/26/2011 9:58:30 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; DelanoSAlways

The article does not mention Obama and as far as I know he was not there at all.


9 posted on 09/26/2011 9:58:34 PM PDT by CedarDave (My Sarah prediction: Announcing for President between October 18 and 28.)
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To: DelanoSAlways

Sounds like a good place to picket and burn Saudi flags!


10 posted on 09/26/2011 9:58:47 PM PDT by Migraine
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To: HiTech RedNeck

he is not on americas side


11 posted on 09/26/2011 10:00:11 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: CedarDave

True! And neither does the source article, which doesn’t mention Obama in the headline. Normally FReepers shouldn’t be altering headlines, except for parenthetical [barf alerts] or shortening one which doesn’t fit.


12 posted on 09/26/2011 10:03:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: DelanoSAlways; Admin Moderator

Nothing about Obama in the story or the original title at the link.


13 posted on 09/26/2011 10:03:25 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: All
opening its doors to New Yorkers of all backgrounds for interfaith workshops, films and lectures [praising Islamism]

Interfaith.. that's Islamists (political Islam, sharia law advocates) talk for, "let us teach you about Islam, we don't care one whit about your inalienable rights, social contract, constitution.. none of that stuff matter to us."

14 posted on 09/26/2011 10:06:15 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: CedarDave; admin

DelanoSAlways changed the headline when posting this article. Obama was in Cincinnati on the 22nd.


15 posted on 09/26/2011 10:06:39 PM PDT by LonelyCon
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To: DelanoSAlways

Where was President Obama? Did you make up the story? Why?


16 posted on 09/26/2011 10:08:18 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: DelanoSAlways
New York, don't give up the fight!

We are with you in spirit!

17 posted on 09/26/2011 10:09:05 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: All

Obama isn’t anything, he just pretends everything.

He is not Christian, he is not Muslim, he is not American, he is not African, he is not Hawaiian, he is not Chicagoan, he is not white, he is not black, he is educated, he is ignorant—on and on.

Obama is an empty fraud. He is what ever your imagination wants to pin to him. That is how he has gotten by in life...being nothing in particular.


18 posted on 09/26/2011 10:15:14 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: HiTech RedNeck; DelanoSAlways

DelanoSAlways is a ten-day old newbie; not a good way to start off at FR even though he may have had good intentions.


19 posted on 09/26/2011 10:18:54 PM PDT by CedarDave (My Sarah prediction: Announcing for President between October 18 and 28.)
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Can’t somebody park a wood chipper in front of the site, and run a bunch of pigs through it?


20 posted on 09/26/2011 10:34:49 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: DelanoSAlways

ping


21 posted on 09/26/2011 10:44:17 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: DelanoSAlways

I realize we are definitely a ‘cut above’ the rest of the world when it comes to these sort of things (whether for the better or not) but I just can’t quite picture Israel bombing Tehran then be allowed to build a Synagogue near the site of the carnage - unless of course they had ‘conquered’ Iran or at least declared they had.

We are sure in some strange times, the old frog in cold water trick has surely taken place - with the exception being WE saw it coming and (more or less) allowed it to happen.


22 posted on 09/26/2011 10:52:56 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) If govt involved, the more outlandish a scheme appears, the truer it probably is.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Where do you get that idea? I don’t think he was there.


23 posted on 09/26/2011 11:55:05 PM PDT by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: DelanoSAlways

Party like it’s 1492.


24 posted on 09/26/2011 11:57:18 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Does a building have to be done in the classical mosque style, with a dome and a prayer tower, in order to qualify within Islam as a “mosque”? Is it enough to have a prayer sanctuary in it? Nobody would say that in order to be a church, a building needs a steeple.

From the muslims I have talked to, sort of yes, it seems there are a bunch of requirements for it to be a mosque.

Same muslims that I talked to, also said these guys were con-artists and that they think this whole thing is a scam to sucker money out of well meaning liberals.

25 posted on 09/27/2011 12:19:03 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: dsrtsage

ll it would take is ONE pig buried on the site BEFORE it opened. Now all we can do is what Americans have become too good at, b*tch and moan.

“Our Country won’t go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won’t be any AMERICA because some foreign soldier will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!” Chesty Puller


26 posted on 09/27/2011 1:24:28 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: DelanoSAlways
"(The GroundZero Mosque) cleared its final hurdle ….
developers plan to build the $100 million center which will include a mosque.
Since its incipient stages in July 2009, when a Muslim-run real-estate development
company purchased the damaged, vacant building and land where the new center
will be built, the project has sparked controversy and debate.
.... the tattered building that was bought by the Muslim real estate company had
been owned by a subsidiary of Bain Capital, a company Romney founded in 1984.

So it’s OK if his company can profit off the sale of the land ."


“Bain Capital, has cut checks totaling $90,000 to Romney’s operation. “


27 posted on 09/27/2011 2:14:30 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I was thinking a BBQ...Roasted Pig...etc etc etc...

Overall I’m just amazed that no one ever, in this entire process ever said that this might not be a good idea...

And why, with all the events leading up to the ten year anniversary of 9/11 did any of the families of any of the victims of this murder spree, ever get reported to walk by this facility and voice their dissaproval...

They were being interviewed for every other damn thing in the days leading up to the opening of the Ground Zero Memorial...Commenting on a lot of things, and not one mention of this abomination...


28 posted on 09/27/2011 4:06:14 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: DelanoSAlways

in other words... a new public toilet opened at the Park51 center

i suggest using it frequently if you’re in the area.

feel free to ‘color outside the lines’


29 posted on 09/27/2011 4:27:45 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: DelanoSAlways

Rebuild first St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, then we will talk. SARC.


30 posted on 09/27/2011 5:23:07 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Diogenesis


31 posted on 09/27/2011 5:24:00 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: DelanoSAlways

Our side sure gives up easily

What if this had been a leftist protest?


32 posted on 09/27/2011 5:28:57 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: DelanoSAlways

They say that Islamic conquerors tend to replace the old symbol of the previous culture with a mosque, like with the Temple Mount and Hagia Sophia.

I’m a little insulted that the Muslims think the World Trade Center fits that bill with our culture.


33 posted on 09/27/2011 6:09:58 AM PDT by WPaCon
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Yes it does. This is a “Rabbat”.


34 posted on 09/27/2011 7:27:21 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: DelanoSAlways

The Mohammedans see this as a great conquest, whatever else they’re saying. No doubt about it.


35 posted on 09/27/2011 8:11:06 AM PDT by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: DelanoSAlways
I would say it opened with quite a bang.


36 posted on 09/27/2011 8:56:30 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

This is a mosque?


37 posted on 09/27/2011 9:18:49 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: WPaCon

It’s about a quarter mile from the twin towers’ site, further away on the ground than the towers were tall.

What galls more is that the city has been giving the runaround to people wanting to repair a Greek Orthodox church building that was damaged due to the falling towers. It’s easier to get the city’s OK to put up this non-mosque, this rabbat or whatever, than it is to get the church building fixed. I don’t have to agree with all of the Greek Orthodox theology to know in my heart that this is a stupid situation and an affront to Jesus Christ and God.


38 posted on 09/27/2011 11:27:35 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I should have qualified my statement.

This mosque is not on the exact spot of the WTC and is not important enough to serve as its replacement the way the Dome of the Rock and the Aya Sofya Mosque did.

I’m also not sure whether the 9/11 planners even planned on building an Islamic replacement to the WTC.


39 posted on 09/27/2011 1:42:18 PM PDT by WPaCon
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