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Regarding the editorial "Respect runs both ways" (Aug. 17):

I don't like the idea of putting up a mosque near the World Trade Center site any more than most Americans. However, it does seem that most people are being unfair in judging President Obama on this issue.

The mosque won't be exactly where the towers stood; they will be near the site. That's entirely different. It may be insensitive on the part of the Muslims in charge of building it, but they have the right. It is perfectly legal. They have the freedom to practice their religion wherever they want.

But why should the president get involved? This isn't an issue of respect as much as it's an issue of legalities and freedom. There's no zoning law I'm aware of that prohibits where a house of worship can or can't be built.

In the editorial, the resurrection of the mosque is compared to putting up a statue of Timothy McVeigh across from the Oklahoma City bombing site. I find that to be an extremely unfair comparison. Most American Muslims don't associate with such acts of extreme terrorism. They just want to be able to freely practice their religion like everyone else.

I guess the next time an extremist Christian bombs an abortion clinic in the name of morality, we should automatically associate Christianity with terrorism. Now, if a mosque or church is found to encourage such behavior, that's another story. I don't think there's enough reason to believe that sort of thing goes on in America on a mass level.

We just have to shut our mouths, and let them have their mosque. That's the American way!

Dallas Duff

Evans

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soldout
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soldout 08/25/10 - 10:26 pm
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The more you study the muslin

The more you study the muslin religion the less it seems like a religion. Study it and then decide what you think it is.

Frankie-B
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Frankie-B 08/25/10 - 10:35 pm
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This has little to do with

This has little to do with tolerance and everything to do with sensitivity to people for whom that hole in the ground is somewhere between hallowed ground and a raw wound. If you want to see a lesson in tolerance, build a National mosque next to the National Cathedral. Americans wouldn't blink. If you want to see a real lesson in tolerance, go on Al Jazera and propose building a Christian Cathedral in Mecca within eyesight of the Kaaba. Those funding that effort would have a fatwa dropped on their heads in the blink of an eye. You can submit a FOIA to the FBI if you want to learn more about radicalism within houses of worship of every denomination. And no, you can't worship anywhere you want. A muslim cannot walk into a church and start praying (until the forces of Islam conquer the christians who abide in the church, cleanse it, and then put their mosque in/on it, similar to what they're doing at ground zero).

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/25/10 - 10:39 pm
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Unfortunately, you can't

Unfortunately, you can't legislate stupidity.
No one is arguing the legality of building a mosque any where, but it is stupid to build there.

chascush
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chascush 08/25/10 - 10:54 pm
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Mr. Duff, ‘We just have to

Mr. Duff, ‘We just have to shut our mouths, and let them have their mosque. That's the American way!’
THAT IS NOT THE AMERICA WAY. You people do not understand with whom we are dealing. Please educate yourselves before make such ignorant statements.

JM88
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JM88 08/25/10 - 11:29 pm
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Muslims ARE able to practice

Muslims ARE able to practice their religion freely in the U.S. That's not what this is about. No one is saying they can't build the mosque. If they would just move it a few blocks away, this would be a non-issue. But their insistence on building it near the site of ground zero is 100% about making a statement. It has nothing with the practicality of the site. There are thousands of places in New York they could put this mosque and it wouldn't have to unnecessarily reopen the wounds of those 3,000 families that lost loved ones on 9/11.

Do you realize that the building they want to use for the mosque was a Burlington Coat Factory that was closed because it sustained damage from the attack? If it is torn down and replaced by this mosque, it would essentially be a continuation of the destruction caused by 9/11. I can't believe this staggering symbolism has been ignored.

KSL
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KSL 08/25/10 - 11:55 pm
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Not to mention the

Not to mention the incremental advance of their agenda.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/26/10 - 04:35 am
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Everyone has a First

Everyone has a First Amendment right to freedom of religion...no one denies that. I have a First Amendment right to free speech. That means that I have the right to walk around in public calling everyone I meet some racially offensive term....but SHOULD I do it? NO. That's all anyone is saying about the Mosque....Just because you are allowed to do a thing, doesn't mean you should do a thing.

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GGpap 08/26/10 - 04:58 am
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We're not against building

We're not against building the mosque...BUT...we are against the insensitivity.......

We’re not against 100+ summer temperature…BUT…we are against underarm perspiration…

We’re not against gays…BUT….we are against their right to the pursuit of marital happiness…

We’re not against chocolate ice cream…BUT…we are just against its color…

We’re not against Pelosi…BUT…we are against uppity women in positions of power…

We’re not against welfare…BUT…we are against welfare for the poor…

We’re not against teacher furloughs…BUT…we are against canceling football practices…

And so it goes….

GGpap

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/26/10 - 06:12 am
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stupid letter misses point.

stupid letter misses point. It's the only way the left seems able to "reason".

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/26/10 - 06:22 am
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Do you know most American
Unpublished

Do you know most American Muslims, personally? If the answer is no, maybe you should keep your opinions under wraps. Huh, comrade?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 08/26/10 - 06:41 am
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The legal right isn't the
Unpublished

The legal right isn't the same as the moral right, Dallas. Nazis had the right to march in Skokie, IL. That doesn't mean they should.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 08/26/10 - 06:44 am
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X

X

NotReallyGA12
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NotReallyGA12 08/26/10 - 07:19 am
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Let them build it. Oh hey

Let them build it. Oh hey you who are coming up for the Beck rally (laughs to myself), don't forget to leave your signs at home, you can wear your shirts and hats however. Oh and don't forget to stay away from the black people per a Maine tea party blogger while here.

Other than that, have a safe trip.

NotReallyGA12
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NotReallyGA12 08/26/10 - 07:20 am
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Wow Glenn Beck the Rodeo

Wow Glenn Beck the Rodeo Clown is coming to town, wooo, hoooo.

NotReallyGA12
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NotReallyGA12 08/26/10 - 07:21 am
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Why do conservatives hate

Why do conservatives hate building that cultural center so much, I suppose had this been Obama wanting to move all the graves from Arlington ACROSS THE STREET to a bigger and better site, the CONSERVATIVES would be going crazy.

truthnlove
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truthnlove 08/26/10 - 07:28 am
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When will real questions be

When will real questions be asked? Who's funding this mosque? How come a Christian church destroyed on 9-11 (I believe the only house of worship destroyed) has not been given a permit to rebuild by the city after all these years, but this mosque gets the go ahead? How come the developers of this mosque run from questions? "Tolerance" is preached by the left, but not practiced...hypocritical.

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southernguy08 08/26/10 - 08:10 am
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NOTREALLY, how did a
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NOTREALLY, how did a discussion about the Ground Zero mosque wonder off to the Glenn Beck rally and black people?

NotReally21
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NotReally21 08/26/10 - 08:25 am
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What is really going on I

What is really going on I think the chronicle has me PEGGED LOL. The minute I talk about race (which is 100% of what I say) I get banned. Wow but they can let racial slurs be said about Obama I wonder why?

dani
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dani 08/26/10 - 09:05 am
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Dallas.. It is NOT the

Dallas.. It is NOT the American way. Never has been, and never will be. I don't know who the "we" are that you represent - perhaps you are making assumptions.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/26/10 - 09:06 am
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What racial slurs about Obama

What racial slurs about Obama do they allow, notreally?

Chillen
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Chillen 08/26/10 - 09:10 am
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The libs thought they had a

The libs thought they had a new "hate crime" victim yesterday. The cabbie who was stabbed by someone after he told them he was a muslim.

It turns out the guy who did it actually worked with a liberal organization that promoted interfaith tolerance AND he supported the Ground Zero mosque. Turns out he was just a liberal wackjob. lol!

dani
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dani 08/26/10 - 09:14 am
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NotReally-thanks for the

NotReally-thanks for the warning. Pass it along to those attending the Al Sharpton rally on the same day. Let's hope they follow the same rules.

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Republicant 08/26/10 - 09:16 am
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If you want to see the

If you want to see the distance between the proposed construction site and Ground Zero, follow the link below. From 45 Park Place, the former Burlington Coat Factory building that will make way for the Cordoba House, it's two blocks, around a corner, to get to the WTC site. Park Place doesn't lie between the construction site and any mass transit stations, so you would need to go out of your way to have it offend you.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=W+Broadway+at+Vesey+St,...

southernguy08
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southernguy08 08/26/10 - 09:20 am
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NOTREALLY, you don't talk
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NOTREALLY, you don't talk about race, you race bait, accusing anybody that disagrees with this president's policies of racism. Funny, when Bush was getting called "that cracker," I didn't hear a word from liberals about racist comments. Obama is in the big leagues now. He states publicly that that he believes the criticism of him isn't about race. What, are you questioning Obama?

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TheFederalist 08/26/10 - 09:29 am
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I keep putting him on my

I keep putting him on my ignore list, and he keeps creating a new alias. I have 6 on my IL, and they are ALL HIM!

Republicant
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Republicant 08/26/10 - 09:29 am
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I heard bush called alot of

I heard bush called alot of things, but that is the first time I've heard him called "that cracker".
You do see "Zebra" and "Prez bhojangles" on this site alot.
Most of the Bush criticism had to do with his stupidity or complete incompetence.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 08/26/10 - 09:43 am
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Wow, Dallas, with all due

Wow, Dallas, with all due respect, your rant is about as pertinent as that incessant babble coming from all the others who completely dismiss the real problem here. It is not at all about freedom of religion. It is simply about insensitivity to the survivors of the 3000 innocent Americans that were murdered in cold blood on 9/11 by...dare I say it? MUSLIMS!!!!!

Please spare me the tiresome rhetoric about the terrorists being extremists, we are not at war with Islam, they are all about peace, constitutional rights, tolerance, yadda yadda yadda......

Not all muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists are muslim!
There are more mosques in the USA than anywhere else in the world!
There are absolutely NO non-muslim churches in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Yemen, Iran, etc, etc, etc, ......

Get off your pedestals, stop all the equivocating and MOVE THE MOSQUE!

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/26/10 - 09:46 am
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Republicant, the editor and

Republicant, the editor and others have explained how bojangles is NOT about race. And I challenge you to show where someone called the President a zebra....except for you.

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dichotomy 08/26/10 - 10:08 am
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I suspect folks are wasting

I suspect folks are wasting their time protesting the building of the mosque just because it is a mosque. What they should be focusing on is where the money came from to build the mosque. The source of the money will reveal the motivation for building it near ground zero. The guy who owns the building, who was waiting tables for a living as late as 2002, did not come up with $5 million cash to plop down on that building without funding from outside sources. Like the man said, look deeper into the motivation for building the mosque at that location. Yes, the have a legal right. But if the source of the money indicates that this is an intentional poke in the eye from radical muslims then the protests and opposition is completely deserved. I know tips are good in NY but this table waiter did not save up $5 million cash from waiting tables. The funding for this project does not change their right to build the mosque but it may completely justify the animosity the project has incurred. The resistance to this mosque is quite understandable. Japanese Americans were not involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 but I doubt seriously that they would have been allowed to erect a Shinto Shrine or Buddist Monestary overlooking the battleship Arizona's resting place in 1950. Wounds take time to heal and, with the attacks still continuing, this mosque is more like a poke in the eye than an attempt to spread understanding.

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InChristLove 08/26/10 - 10:18 am
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posted by Republicant "Most

posted by Republicant "Most of the Bush criticism had to do with his stupidity or complete incompetence."

Most of the Obama criticism has to do with his stupidity or complete incompetence.

When you criticize President Obama, it's racist.
When you criticize President Bush, well it's just criticism.

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