Rites of remembrance and loss marked the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, familiar in their sorrow but observed for the first time Saturday in a nation torn over the prospect of a mosque near ground zero and the role of Islam in society.
Verena Dobnik and Beth Fouhy
, September 11, 2010
A proposed Islamic community center near ground zero will include separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews and people of other faiths, the imam behind plans for the facility wrote in a newspaper opinion piece published online Tuesday.
The developers planning to build a $100 million Islamic center near the World Trade Center site still have financial hurdles to clear: They haven’t finished buying all the property they want for the project and are nearly a quarter-million dollars behind on real estate taxes and late fees.
David B. Caruso and Cristian Salazar
, September 02, 2010
Adnan Zulfiqar, a graduate student, former U.S. Senate aide and American-born son of Pakistani immigrants, will soon give the first khutbah, or sermon, of the fall semester at the University of Pennsylvania. His topic has presented itself in the daily headlines and blog posts over the disputed mosque near ground zero.
What else could he choose, he says, after a summer remembered not for its reasoned debate, but for epithets, smears, even violence?
We cannot, without surrendering the basic values that set us apart from those who attacked his city Sept. 11 and some of the most fundamental principles enshrined in the Constitution, deny adherents of any religion the right to freely associate, nor can we prevent those adherents from using their private property to erect houses of worship and other facilities as they see fit.
BISMARCK — An Islamic center and mosque should not be built near the New York City site where the World Trade Center was destroyed in a terrorist attack nine years ago, Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., said Tuesday.
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