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August 4th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Video: Anti-Defamation League opposes mosque

(CNN) – An Islamic center and mosque just a few steps from Ground Zero is now one step closer to reality. New York City's landmarks preservation commission denied landmark status for the property in question, handing a victory to supporters of a plan that opponents call a slap in the face to America. In a surprising move, the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that promotes religious tolerance, has come out against the Islamic center. Abraham Foxman, the group's national director, joined us on Thursday's American Morning to explain their position.

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  1. patrick lamonica

    first off, i am a christian and i understand the feelings that many people have towards muslims these days but at the same time i fear that we are mistaking Islam for Al-Qaeda. If we start telling them where they can can can not practice their religion, how long until we are exactly like them? maybe we should put them all in internment camps like the japanese during WW2? we are better than this and we should act that way. And stop saying it's at "ground zero", its more than 2 blocks away. Its closer to a strip club then to ground zero, why dont we complain about that strip club being so close to ground zero? because it has nothing to do with muslms! get over it

    August 18, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  2. K Harris

    The first I heard that this...thing was going to be built on ground zero, I thought it was a hoax, but it seems I was mistaken. This truly is a slap in the face to Americans to build a mosque on the blood soaked ground of our people caused at the hands of muslims. Why? Why would this be something even considered by true Americans? Why don't we build a church there instead? Oh, I guess we can't as that would be stepping on the toes of everyone's rights and we can't have that now can we. Do all muslims promote the spilling of American blood? No. But those that did are now having a monument built to them. I am truly appauled and completely offended by this. So I guess the message we like to send out to the world is murder our people on our own soil, and we'll at first give you a hard slap on the hand, then we'll build you a monument honoring your people.

    I absolutely agree with Raj.

    August 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm |

    raj-You said all that needs to be said but also needs to be remembered.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  4. gypsyjack

    if this is allowed i think i might try to build a strip joint beside the dome of the rock.. this is not appropriate either i believe ..but i think the victims families of 911 should be the ones to have the final say..

    August 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  5. Matt

    The Anti-Defamation League has been exposed to what it really is. A racist group which should be renamed Pro-Zionist League.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  6. raj

    Islam glorifies death by calling many of its martyrs the solders of Allah. Islam preaches superiority of the “we", and inferiority of the “other.” It is a creed steeped in superstition, demands blind obedience to authority, and sanctions just about every form of freedom—the very precious gift of the Creator Ahuramazda that makes us humans. Everything in Islam is in black and while. One is either Muslim—good—or non-Muslim—bad. Men are superior; women are subservient. This life is worthless and should be offered for the pleasure of Allah as defined by the clergy.

    Islam is a creed of an ignorant people of a primitive age. It is fixated in time and place; it harbors the ambition of taking the 21st century world back 14 centuries and ruling it by its dogma of intolerance, injustice and death. Yet, Islam is not only an obsolete vestige of a defunct era, but itself is an infinitely fractured belief that can hardly put its own home in order. The numerous Islamic sects are at each other’s throats; sub-sects and schools despise one another as much as they hate the non-Muslims. Hatred, not love, drives Islam.

    August 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm |