The Week: Most Recent Religion:Ground Zero Mosque recent posts.en-usMon, 18 Oct 2010 14:47:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Religion:Ground Zero Mosque from THE WEEKMon, 18 Oct 2010 14:47:00 -0400'The View' vs. Bill O'Reilly: The aftermath<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Last week on "The View," co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg stormed off the set in the middle of a heated discussion with Bill O'Reilly about the proposed Park51 Islamic center in lower Manhattan &mdash; and today they addressed the much-blogged-about incident on-air. (Watch clip below.) "In this show, we always speak about standing up to bigotry, so I stood up," Behar said, defending her actions, while Goldberg added, "I hit my saturation point." But the show's anchor, Barbara Walters, wasn't buying it: "You don't walk out of your own home," she says. "This is just what [O...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 18 Oct 2010 14:47:00 -0400Bill O'Reilly vs. Joy and Whoopi: Who won?<img src="" /></P><p>Fireworks erupted Thursday on "The View," when co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar briefly stormed off the set during an argument with Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly. The source of the much-discussed blowup was the proposed Park51 Islamic center in lower Manhattan, which O'Reilly said was "inappropriate" to build "because Muslims killed us on 9/11." (Watch the clip below.) Who came out looking better in this high-profile brawl?</p><p><strong>O'Reilly won the day:</strong> "I am not Bill O&rsquo;Reilly's biggest fan," but Joy and Whoopi "looked like immature brats," says Emma Brady in <em>Babble</em>. If they disagree...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 15 Oct 2010 10:10:00 -0400Pamela Geller's 'holy war': The NYT profile highlights<img src="" /></P><p><em>The New York Times</em> published a long profile of Pamela Geller, a firebrand blogger who peddles the idea "that terrorism by Muslims springs not from perversions of Islam but from the religion itself" and who "skyrocketed" to international prominence when she took a lead role in opposing the so-called "Ground Zero mosque." The reviews are mixed: Geller, who was interviewed at length for the profile, criticizes it as "extraordinarily nasty and fallacious"; <em></em>John Hinderaker at conservative <em>Powerline</em> calls it "not entirely unflattering" or "unsympathetic"; and one-time ally Charles Johnson at <em>Little Green...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 11 Oct 2010 10:44:00 -0400'Ground Zero' mosque: 4 things it resembles<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The developers of the Park 51 Islamic center have released the first architectural renderings of the proposed building whose downtown Manhattan location &mdash; two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center &mdash; has triggered frenzied controversy and what some term "Islamophobia." No sooner had the mosque's designs, by Lebanon-based SOMA Architects, been unveiled than critics began looking for visual parallels. Here are four things the new building is said to resemble:</p><p><strong>Superman's Fortress of Solitude</strong><br />The 16-story building has been compared by some to the Man of Steel...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 05 Oct 2010 13:35:00 -0400The Ground Zero Imam<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Where is Rauf from?</strong><br />He was born in Kuwait, but became an American citizen three decades ago, at the age of 32. Rauf&rsquo;s father was an Egyptian cleric educated at Cairo&rsquo;s Al-Azhar University, the pre-eminent center of mainstream Sunni scholarship. The elder Rauf moved his family to Britain, where he studied at Cambridge, then to Malaysia, where he was rector of an Islamic university, before arriving in 1965 in New York. The family lived above a small mosque in Manhattan, and Feisal Abdul Rauf studied physics at Columbia University. There, he branched out from the conservative Islamic world...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 17 Sep 2010 10:59:00 -0400Is burning the Koran free speech?<img src="" /></P><p>Last week, a Florida pastor backed down from a plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11 to protest Islamist terrorism &mdash; but not before the news provoked deadly riots in Afghanistan. Now a new debate has erupted after Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told ABC News that Americans may not have a constitutionally protected right to torch Muslim holy books. The right to speak your mind, Breyer said, "doesn&rsquo;t mean you can shout 'fire' in a crowded theater," because people could get trampled. Similarly, given the possibility that Koran burning could incite violence, courts might reject a free-speech...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 15 Sep 2010 14:25:00 -0400Is it too late to move the mosque?<img src="" /></P><p>Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf told ABC News over the weekend that he never would have proposed building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero if he had known it would provoke a bitter controversy &mdash; but it may be too late to move it without making matters worse. Relocating the Cordoba House cultural center now would send the message to the Muslim world that "Islam is under attack in America," strengthening Islamist radicals, helping them recruit, and inspiring terrorist attacks on Americans abroad. Is he right, or merely using scare tactics to discourage opposition to the so-called "Ground Zero mosque...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 13 Sep 2010 11:25:00 -0400Should the media ignore the Koran-burning protest?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Plans by Florida pastor Terry Jones to burn copies of the Koran on September 11 have flared into a media firestorm, with around-the-clock coverage on cable news channels and acres of newsprint dedicated to the story. But many critics are saying that the national media attention has just enabled Jones. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even suggested that journalists quit covering the story "as an act of patriotism." Before the Koran-burning event was suspended, both Fox News and CNN said they would ignore it. If Jones goes ahead with the burning, should the media stay away?</p><p class="p2"><strong>Muslim journalists...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Sep 2010 16:00:00 -0400Florida's 'suspended' Koran-burning<img src="" /></P><p>A small Florida church is "suspending" its plan to burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,&nbsp;according to its pastor, Terry Jones. The plan sparked international condemnation, and everyone from President Obama, Pope Benedict, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Gen. David Petraeus to Sarah Palin have asked him to call it off. Jones did call it off Thursday afternoon, citing a brief phone call from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and what he said was a deal to move the "Ground Zero mosque," but then reconsidered when it became clear there was no such...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Sep 2010 10:10:00 -0400Is burning the Koran 'terrorism'?<img src="" /></P><p>Florida preacher Terry Jones says he'll go ahead with burning a pile of Korans on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks &mdash; despite protests from the White House, the Vatican, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and several evangelical Christian groups. President Obama called Jones' "International Burn a Koran Day" a "recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda," but Jones said "backing down" would only show to terrorists that America is weak. [<strong>Update:</strong> Jones has called off the event.] Will a bonfire of Muslim holy books strike a blow against terrorism, or for it?<br /><br /><strong>Burning Korans <em>is</em> terrorism...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 09 Sep 2010 11:30:00 -0400Will U.S. Muslims ever fit in?<img src="" /></P><p>In the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, many American Muslim groups went out of their way to make it clear they abhor terrorism, and to educate people about Islam. But some Muslims now say the outreach is being undone by the controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero mosque," which has sparked protests as well as vandalism at several Muslim cultural centers. "We worry: Will we ever be really completely accepted in American society?" Dr. Ferhan Asghar of Cincinnati told <em>The New York Times</em>. In this tense political atmosphere, is full assimilation impossible for American Muslims...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 07 Sep 2010 13:01:00 -0400Is the 'Ground Zero mosque' debate helping terrorists?<img src="" /></P><p>Taliban leaders say they are delighted with the spirited campaign against the so-called "Ground Zero mosque," because it is sending a wave of recruits their way, reports <em>Newsweek</em>. "By preventing this mosque from being built, America is doing us a big favor," says Taliban operative Zabihullah, who like many Afghans uses only one name. He added that jihadist websites have received a flood of emails &mdash; far more than when France banned burqas earlier this year. Is the debate over the Islamic cultural center being built two blocks from the World Trade Center site really helping terrorist groups...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 01 Sep 2010 16:30:00 -0400'Ground Zero mosque': Who's for and against<img src="" /></P><p>The so-called "Ground Zero mosque," a 13-story Islamic center proposed for a lot two blocks away from New York's World Trade Center site, is continuing to polarize politicians even as the controversy begins to die down. But opinions on the Cordoba House aren't dividing evenly along party lines. Just this week, Sen Orrin Hatch (R&mdash;UT became the latest conservative to support the building's construction. Here's how the argument has broken down:</p><p><strong>FOR THE MOSQUE<br /></strong></p><p><strong>Orrin Hatch,</strong> Republican senator for Utah<br /><strong>Key quote: </strong>"There's a huge, I think, lack of support throughout the country for Islam to build...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 01 Sep 2010 09:18:00 -0400The new Muslim PSA: Don't 'hate' us, America<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video</strong>: "They say you should fear me, suspect me, hate me..." So begins a new public service announcement released by the grassroots American Muslim group, My Faith, My Voice, designed to counter the growing national hostility towards their community provoked by the 'Ground Zero mosque' furor (watch below). A series of Muslim individuals &mdash; some in traditional clothing, others conspicuously unremarkable &mdash; directly address the camera, reassuring viewers that they "don't want to take over this county," and "don't support terrorism of any form."<strong><br />The reaction</strong>:&nbsp;It's a powerful message...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 31 Aug 2010 19:16:00 -0400'Ground Zero church': A 'bigoted' Christian response?<img src="" /></P><p>There's a new twist in the controversy over the 'Ground Zero mosque.' This Sunday, Bill Keller, a Christian preacher from Florida, is inaugurating his own "9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero," holding services at a Marriott Hotel two blocks from the World Trade Center site. This "bigoted" provocateur, says <em>Salon</em>'s Justin Elliott, is virulently opposed not just to Islam (a religion of "hate and death" for hell-bound "pedophiles"), but also Mormons, gays, and President Obama. Should those who oppose the Park51 Islamic center also consider Keller's "Ground Zero church" an affront to the victims...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 31 Aug 2010 12:19:00 -0400Tennessee mosque fire: Is it terrorism?<img src="" /></P><p>Federal agents are investigating a suspected arson attack that destroyed a dump truck at the site of a mosque and Islamic community center under construction in rural Tennessee. Protesters have tried to block the project &mdash; some objecting to the traffic, others insisting the 15-acre facility would be a haven for terrorists &mdash; and a sign on the land had already been vandalized twice. But after the fire incident, "everyone in our community no longer feels safe," says Carmie Ayash, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Was the mosque fire just a standard crime &mdash; or...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 30 Aug 2010 11:11:00 -0400