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May 12, 2014 7:46 PM
For many Americans, memories of the September 11 terror attacks in New York are still vivid. A new World Trade Center is soon to open at the site where the original one was destroyed. There is also a plan to build a Muslim community center and mosque nearby, though it is a more modest version of a previous one steeped in controversy. VOA’s Bernard Shusman has an update from New York

New York Revisits Plan to Build Muslim Center Near Ground Zero

Published May 12, 2014

For many Americans, memories of the September 11 terror attacks in New York are still vivid. A new World Trade Center is soon to open at the site where the original one was destroyed. There is also a plan to build a Muslim community center and mosque nearby, though it is a more modest version of a previous one steeped in controversy. VOA’s Bernard Shusman has an update from New York


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by: Maithe from: Paris, France
May 16, 2014 5:32 PM
It's a shame. I can't believe it....
Who is paying ? Who is insisting again and again year after year to put a mosque or/and an islamic center near Ground Zero ?
I just can't believe it...


by: Freedom_is_not_free from: USA
May 16, 2014 4:55 PM
I am not against any religions but NY city councils should reject any Mosque build near ground zero. This is very sensitivity to ground zero families who lost their love ones to the terrorists.
Why they have to build the Mosque near ground zero while many other places are available.


by: Franz from: D.C.
May 16, 2014 4:42 PM
VOA is too chicken sh**t to mention the FACT that the CIA orchestrated 9/11. Just the FACTS, people. TIME TO WAKE UP, ARE YOU AWAKE?????????


by: Emmajo from: USA
May 14, 2014 10:14 PM
Why the insistence to build this Mosque at ground zero? I don't care how downsized the new plans are. Respect those that died, respect those that lost their loved ones and go build it somewhere else away from ground zero. If Islam is about peace, then let peace prevail at ground zero and go build somewhere else. Give it up.


by: Patricia MacDonald from: Oklahoma
May 14, 2014 8:08 PM
Nothing should EVER be built there. Place a memorial or something like in Oklahoma City but just don't put anything else there or around there. I should remain empty as the hearts of those that lost loved ones.


by: Hamidi from: Kabul Afghanistan
May 14, 2014 7:49 AM
Hello to the all people of America and once again my especially condolences to the survivors of 11 September non forgettable incident Victims.
I am totally agree with you, you are all right and you have to be against the building for Islamic affairs inside the World Trade Center WTC, because you had lost your families members, relatives and most of your close friends in that beast incident did by Al-Qaida on 11th of September, 2001 and as a human I can come from your hearts, mine and your wishes, but at the moment the subject is different American Government isn’t talking about a place/address for Al-Qaida but they want to have space for Islamic community and a mosque.
Islam is a religion, and Al-Qaida is a terrorist Party, they are the representatives of All Muslims, they are the people who toke Islam only like a shield or let me say as body armor according to my point of view, it is a very good idea for engagement of the different religions followers with Muslims in such kind of important and strategic environment, and also it is the only opportunity for the real Muslims to keep them aware and away from the wrong propaganda of Al-Qaida, let the Muslims to be in touch with the developed people of the world, with the people who lived and growth in democracy, the people who has full respect to the live and alive on the earth, in case we just kick them out than they have to run back to Al-Qaida and fallow their idea,
Your Muslim Brother
Hamidi


by: Anyname from: Isle de France
May 14, 2014 5:21 AM
To Islamic fundamentalists (this does not mean any Muslim) building mosques on holy or special cultural places of other religions or cultures means nothing more than victory over other religions or cultures. One can find many examples since about the year 800. Examples are a mosque on destroying Hindus temples or even the ancient Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Or at least you can find a mosque very near to churches, synagogues etc. About 10 years ago extremists try to build a super mosque near the Christian church in Bethlehem. The Vatican itself intervened to stop this started building at that. This kind of symbolic implications places me against building any mosque in or near Ground Zero. You cannot make peace with other religious or cultures with disrespect and hurting feelings of others.


by: J Jefferson from: CA
May 13, 2014 7:38 PM
The US govt should not let that happen; otherwise, it's not just a big slap on American people but it will show how coward our country is.


by: Don Ellis
May 13, 2014 1:06 PM
Seriously? You're going to interview Pamela Geller on this without mentioning that she's the leader of a virulent anti-Muslim hate group, or her record of absolutely disgusting extremist hate speech?


by: Mark from: Virginia
May 12, 2014 10:29 PM
I know you can't blame an entire religion on the actions of extremist in that religion, but there is a sense of decency and propriety at stake here...
It was Muslim extremists who carried out the deadliest attack on American soil, that killed 2,977 Americans. I do not live in NYC, never visited there, but I'm certain that the events of that terrible day are still etched deeply in the minds of the people living in that city.
I'm not saying a mosque/museum should not be built in NYC, not saying that at all, but not so close to Ground Zero. Such close proximity to where the planes impacted the Trade Center Towers would be a slap in the face to those who died that day.