America’s Ideals Are Being Challenged By Cordoba House Controversy - updated 9/1/10

Sheila Musaji

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America’s Ideals Are Being Challenged By Cordoba House Controversy

by Sheila Musaji

I have been closely following this story since last December when the ASMA Society and Cordoba Initiative announced plans to build an Islamic Center on a site in NYC, two blocks from ground zero.

There wasn’t much concern about the project until this summer, when the steady and monotonous claims and attacks by a few Islamophobes reached some sort of critical mass and burst into the mainstream media.  This anti-Muslim sentiment has become a torrent of vicious rhetoric aimed at everything Islamic and everyone Muslim.  It is not only this mosque, but mosques across the U.S. that are now being protested and worse

At this point, the groundwork had been laid for making anti-Muslim sentiment “respectable”.  It is now perfectly acceptable for anyone at all to make public statements that would be considered shocking and shameful if used about any other minority group, other than Muslims.

The hate campaign that has been waged against Islam and Muslims by a certain extremist segment of the American population has seen no parallel since the anti-Semitic hate campaign against Jews in Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  This hate campaign is evil, but it has been extremely successful.  American Muslims have become “the other”, not to be trusted, not good Americans.

At this point, there is no win-win scenario possible, only a lose-lose.  Whether the Cordoba House project continues as planned at this location, or whether Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan agree to some compromise by changing the location - either way, the firestorm of anti-Muslim hatred has already done its damage.  The animosity towards Islam and Muslims that was simmering under the surface of American society has now been openly and even enthusiastically accepted as a reasonable and acceptable part of the American worldview.  The plan for the Cordoba House did not cause this anti-Muslim firestorm, it simply brought the smoldering embers out into the open, and allowed a few individuals to fan the flames.  Although the extent of this anti-Muslim sentiment is alarming, it is perhaps a good thing that it has been brought out into the open where it can be exposed. 

Whether or not any American Muslim is for or against, or simply confused about this project - the fact is that we are affected by the controversy that is swirling around it, and the claims and counter claims being made.  At this point we are required to deal with the reality of the situation as it has developed.

If the Cordoba House project goes ahead as planned, those who have been influenced by the propoganda are likely to see it as an act of “hostility” or “supremacism” or any of the other derogatory terms that have been used. 

If the Cordoba House/ Park 51 project is moved to some other location in order to appease the voices of bigotry, that would only prove to a majority of Muslims, both in the U.S. and around the world — that any Muslim effort towards peace and understanding will be rejected, — that Muslims themselves are not considered to be American citizens who are equal to other citizens, — that the war on terror is not a war on al-Qaeda, but a war on Islam (this by the way is al-Qaeda’s “narrative”), — that the definition of what constitutes a “moderate Muslim” is unachievable even by someone like Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf or any Muslim who is not willing to burn the Qur’an and become a “former Muslim”.

If even Imam Feisal can be hung out to dry after 30 years devotion to interfaith effort and civic participation, then what does that say to other American Muslims?  Here is one quote from this accused “radical” given at a synagogue at a service in remembrance of Daniel Pearl:

We are here to assert the Islamic conviction of the moral equivalency of our Abrahamic faiths. If to be a Jew means to say with all one’s heart, mind and soul Shma` Yisrael, Adonai Elohenu Adonai Ahad; hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One, not only today I am a Jew, I have always been one, Mr. Pearl.

If to be a Christian is to love the Lord our God with all of my heart, mind and soul, and to love for my fellow human being what I love for myself, then not only am I a Christian, but I have always been one Mr. Pearl.

And I am here to inform you, with the full authority of the Quranic texts and the practice of the Prophet Muhammad, that to say La ilaha illallah Muhammadun rasulullah is no different.

It expresses the same theological and ethical principles and values.

If the Muslim community compromises or shows “sensitivity” to the prejudice and bigotry of others that could be seen as “proof” that somehow we have been made to see “the error of our ways” and to have accepted that we are all collectively responsible for the terrible tragedy of 9/11 in which all Americans were attacked by al-Qaeda (including American Muslims).

If the Muslim community compromises or capitulates, then we are showing the same disregard for the principles of freedom of religion (which is a “hallowed” principle) enshrined in our Constitution as these anti-Muslim extremists.  We would also be giving in to the al-Qaeda distortion of Islam which would deny religious freedom to others.  As M. Junaid Levesque-Alam in the brilliant article Bin Laden’s Rising Influence In America

The aversion to a proposed Muslim center near Ground Zero shows that it is Americans, not Muslims, whose thinking the terrorist leader has most successfully recast to his advantage.

The detractors strengthen and draw strength from bin Laden; their hot prejudice bolsters his assertion that America despises Islam and betrays an acceptance of his claim that he embodies the faith.

...The craving to affirm bin Laden’s view that America hates Muslims constitutes a foolish blunder, but what underlies it is worse: acceptance of bin Laden’s assertion that his perversion of Islamic teachings is the widely accepted, genuine article.

For while Osama and his acolytes have had some success (and a lot of help) in convincing Muslims that the United States despises Islam, his group has spectacularly failed to persuade Muslims that they should obliterate their diverse Islamic traditions and replace them with the dogma of the rigid Wahhabist sect.

... The danger behind this madness is clear: as the saying goes, perception is reality. The more the country comes to believe in paranoid lies about Muslims, the more easily it will slip into the kind of brutal religious war bin Laden desires. An anti-mosque fever is already sweeping the country as some take the anti-Cordoba logic to its natural conclusion: “If Muslims are too dangerous to be praying at Ground Zero, why should they be allowed to pray in my neighborhood, either?”

Do we simply cut and run in the face of bigotry?  Do we simply accept second class status?  Do we simply abandon the Constitution of the United States?

Where does it end when we as a society accept that bigotry and prejudice towards some of our citizens is acceptable?  I believe that this is a dangerous thought process and that it will lead us down a very slippery slope that will ultimately include other citizens as equally “acceptable” targets.  Akbar Ahmed notes that the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Church who is planning a “Burn the Qur’an Day” on September 11th has agreed when asked to do so in an internet podcast interview, to burn “a couple of copies of the Talmud” too.  Perhaps, if the Talmud is also burned, the ADL will reconsider its unconscionable position on the Cordoba House.  We already know that anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are closely linked.  Will Qur’an and Talmud burnings be enough, or will these same folks move on to the Book of Mormon, the Bhagavad Gita, or other books they don’t approve of?

Where does it end if we accept that this particular Islamic Center should be moved elsewhere?  Will the circle of “hallowed ground” in which Muslims are not to be tolerated extend blocks or miles outward from this site?  Will the mosque free zone become all of NYC, all of the State of New York, all of the East Coast, or all of the United States?

Where might it end if we accept the suggestion which has been made some of our elected representatives that Islam may not be a religion in the sense of other religions and therefore not protected by the Constitution.  Could this become a rallying cry for denying civil rights and citizenship to American Muslims?  If that is so, who is next? 

Where might it end if we accept that a “majority opinion” or bias in the society trumps the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and even common decency.  If the Civil Rights Movement had accepted this faulty premise, African-Americans would still be sitting at the back of the bus, and women would probably not be voting.

I believe that Benjamin Franklin’s statement applies to how the American Muslim community must face this situation They that give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.

At this point in history, I believe that whether we like it or not, we have as a community been placed in a position that requires us to stand and defend our rights as Americans and as human beings.  We need to do this for our sake, and for the sake of future generations of Americans - no matter what their religion.  Compromise in this instance would actually be appeasement, and it would really only provide temporary safety.  Ultimately, if American Muslims, or American Jews, or American Christians, or American atheists, or any Americans are not willing to stand for the ideals and principles of our country, then we are all in trouble.

This may be one of those moments in history when we need to decide if our ideals and principles are worth defending.  How we answer the question of what it means to be an American will certainly affect not only this generation but future generations.  We have to decide if the Constitution has any real meaning.

SEE ALSO: - article collection updated 9/1/2010

Note:  the best way to locate information in this article collection, or the article itself is to use the “Control-F” function to search for a particular word, name, etc. 

9/11 and Rosh Hashanah: Reconciling Abraham’s Families, Celebrating American Diversity, Rabbi Arthur Waskow 
9/11 Families Group Announces Support for Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan
30 mosques in 30 states for Ramadan 2010
9/11 Families Speak Out on Ground Zero Muslim Center  and - Judith Keane who lost her husband,0,7313519.story
A Call to Conscience and a Reminder to the Muslims, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
A CNN anchor expresses the crux of “mosque” opposition, Glenn Greenwald
A couple more thoughts on the Cordoba House, Matthew Yglesias
‘A Deeply Felt Gesture of Compassion and Healing by Muslims’, Walter Ruby
A Modest Proposal for Charles Krauthammer , Daniel Luban
A mosque maligned, Robert Wright
A mosque near ground zero, Parvez Ahmed
A rising global tide of xenophobia
A symbol of progress in Lower Manhattan, Joshua M. Z. Stanton and Zeeshan Suhail
ADL condemns the very ‘anti-Muslim sentiment’ it contributes to, Alex Kane
ADL redefines its mission statement, Sheila Musaji
After Cordoba Controversy, It’s Time To Look In The Mirror, Michael O. Powell 
Christiane Amanpour interview with Daisy Khan and Joy Levitt  and
Amen to the Imam, Jack Hunter (U.S. policies statement response)
America already is an Islamic society, John Kiser
America has disgraced itself, Peter Beinart
American anti-Muslim prejudice goes mainstream, Haroon Siddiqui—siddiqui-american-anti-muslim-prejudice-goes-mainstream
American Family Assoc. Calls for Blanket Ban on New Mosques
American Islam, who is in charge?, Mark Bergen
Americans Hold Significant Anti-Muslim Prejudice, Marc Ambinder
America’s “Good Muslims” Are Being Left Out to Dry , Abbas Barzegar
America’s Ideals Are Being Challenged By Cordoba House Controversy, Sheila Musaji
America’s promise meant for everyone, Eboo Patel
America’s Taliban And the Ground Zero Mosque
America’s trouble with Islam
America’s Two Muslim Congressmen Cogitate on the New York Mosque and the State of Islam in the U.S.
Anti-Islam rhetoric today bears a disturbing resemblance to past anti-Jewish rhetoric, Aisha Musa (anti-Semitic)
Anti-Mosque Coalition’s Website Owned By Neo-Conservative Islamophobe Frank Gaffney
Anti-Mosque Protester To TPM: Muslims Hate Dogs And America Too
Anti-Mosque Sentiment in America: Lessons from Europe?, Todd Green
Anti-Muslim Is Anti-American , Salam al Marayati
Anti-Muslim ranting puts our security at risk
Are we at war with Islam, William Saletan
Are we trying to stop terrorism or appease bigots?, Robert Salaam
Karen Armstrong on the mosque controversy
Attacking Muslims in vogue again among conservatives
Gary Bauer Officially Declares “Mosque Exclusion Zone” to Be 1.7 Miles
Anne Bayefsky of the Hudson Institute Claims that the Cordoba Initiative is Part of an Iranian Plot, Eli Clifton
BBC Radio - Shahed Amanullah vs Pamela Geller
Beck and Gerecht Call for Spanish Inquisition, American-style, Philip Smucker
Glenn Beck, Imam Rauf Both Denounced Radical Islam In 2006 (VIDEO) , Ben Stein  when Beck appeared to call Rauf a “good Muslim”
Beck asks, “[A]fter you’ve killed 3,000 people, you’re going to now build your mosque”?
Beck smears Rauf with falsehoods, innuendo and hypocrisy
Beck falsely claims Imam Rauf’s wife said “all Americans hate Muslims”
Beware anti-Muslim hysteria, Matthew Rothschild
Beware the anti-anti-Muslim backlash,
Bigotry rears its ugly head, Eric Margolis 
Boortz: Park51 “being built to commemorate a great victory over the United States on 9-11”
Build the Mosque; Help Defeat al Qaeda, Matthew Alexander
Build the ‘Mosque’ or Burn the Qu’ran? It Hurts Some, But It Is Constitutional , Zareena Grewal
Burn, Witch, Burn!: America Rages Against Islam, Keith Johnson 
Censoring Moderates Fuels Radicals
Center an attempt to prevent the next 9/11, Feisal Abdul Rauf
The Center Cannot Hold: Why the Mainstream Media Can’t Stop the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Hysteria
Charlton Heston’s ‘El Cid’: A Hero for Our Time , David Shasha
Choosing freedom over fear, Joshua Stanton
Christian Nationalism’s War with Islam, Rev. Howard Bess
Chronology of a Bizarre Controversy: Hurt Feelings and the Ground Zero Mosque, Gary Leupp
Columbia University estimated 600,000 Muslims living in NYC in 2005
Condemning mosque, Gingrich echoed Mussolini, Ben Smith
Conservative media invent controversy over Rauf’s 9-11 comments
Conservatives continue to accuse NYC Islamic center imam of being a “secret radical”
The Controversy Over the NYC Mosque Shows We Really Don’t Know Each Other Well Enough , Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy
Cordoba House, Robert chase
Cordoba House: the acid test, Justin Raimondo
Cordoba House and American values, Abdulrahman El-Sayed
Cordoba House, Ground Zero and the American fear of Islam, Mehnaz M. Afridi
The Cordoba House, Degrees of Separation and the Common Good, Hasan Zillur Rahim
Cordoba House:  Hope From the Ashes of Tragedy, Sheila Musaji 
Cordoba House: Missing the Message, Dr. Robert D. Crane 
‘Cordoba House’ controversy has one Pakistani American looking for a back-up plan, Saleema Gul
Cordoba Initiative Announces Mission to Sudan During Historic Elections 
Cordoba Initiative Unveils New Push in Sudan 
Could opposition to Ground Zero mosque bolster the thing opponents fear? , Dan Murphy
Dangerous religion, Gary Laderman
Nonie Darwish Perfects Double Speak, Sheila Musaji 
Dear Mr. President, are we still within the bounds of reasonable discourse?, Sheila Musaji
Defending the mosque, Joe Conason
The Dems Who Have Spoken For Cordoba House 
Discussion of the issues by American University professor Akbar Ahmed, Muqtedar Khan of the University of Delaware, reporter Justin Elliott, and counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman (audio)
Do Muslims have equal rights?, John Esposito
The Downtown Mosque and America’s Moment of Shame, Charles Cooper
Dove World Outreach Christian Center “Hate to the World”, “Burn a Qur’an”, Sheila Musaji
Eid al-Fitr, 9/11, and my status in America, Sami Kishawi
The enemy within, Ellis Weiner
Equating Islam with terror won’t win hearts, minds, Bob Seltzer
European Islamophobia Finds A Home In The U.S., Reza Aslan
FACEBOOK PAGE for Cordoba House 
Facts don’t calm debate over New York Islamic center
Faith at ground zero
Fallout of Hate Is Spreading Across America from “Ground Zero”, Joshua Holland (anti-mosque incidents)
Fear itself, Noah Millman
First Amendment Rights Are For Christians Only!,
Five myths about mosques in America, Edward E. Curtis IV
For critics of Islam,“sharia” becomes shorthand for extremism, Michelle Boorstein
For Shame! Fear Is Back, with a Vengeance, James Zogby 
Forgiveness, fear, and the mosque at ground zero, Julie Clawson
Former Muslims United Freedom Pledge Against Punishment for Apostasy a “Red Herring”, Sheila Musaji
FOX Failed To Mention Co-Owner Is One They Accuse Of ‘Terror Funding’ (VIDEO)
Fox News shareholder funded ‘Ground Zero mosque’ imam 
Fox’s Peter Johnson: New York Muslims should “give up their rights” in order to be “good neighbors”
Freedom of Religion Means Freedom for All , Laurie Lebo
Abe Foxman’s “Irrational Or Bigoted” Positions , Daniel Schultz
Geller falsely claims Imam Rauf made comment blaming “the Jews” for 9-11
Geller, Spencer, & the Cordoba House: Fear and Loathing in New York, Sheila Musaji
Pamela Geller, ‘Queen Of Muslim Bashers,’ At Center Of N.Y. ‘Mosque’ Debate , Daniel Burke
Gingrich And God: Newt’s Nasty Letter Masks An Even Scarier Agenda
Newt Gingrich and theocracy, Jonathan Chait
Newt Gingrich: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Adam Serwer
Newt Gingrich: this week in crazy, Alex Pareene
Newt Gingrich: opposition to mosque doesn’t add up
Great irony in outcry over Ground Zero mosque, Welton Gaddy
Ground zero dialogue website
‘Ground Zero’ Imam: ‘I Am a Jew, I Have Always Been One’, Jeffrey Goldberg
‘Ground Zero Mosque’: A Conservative Undermines His Own Crusade, David Corn (USCIRF and Leonard Leo)
“Ground Zero Mosque” Foes Bankrolled By Feds: US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCRIF)
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Imam Helped FBI With Counterterrorism Efforts, Sam Stein
Ground zero mosque? Fears vs values, Robert Salaam
Ground Zero Mosque a 17th Century football, Jeff Siddiqui
Ground Zero Mosque: Extremist ‘Pilgrimage’ Destination? An Interview With Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf , Joseph Ward III 
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Controversy and the Pitfalls of the Interfaith Dialogue Movement, David Shasha
‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Debate Officially Ridiculous: New Protest Song Hits The Web (VIDEO)
‘Ground Zero mosque’? The reality is less provocative, Charlie Booker
Ground Zero Mosque Opponents Have a Lot of Work to Do , Bob Cesca
Ground Zero Religious Freedom: Those ‘Unalienable Rights’ include the First Amendment, Michael Carmichael 
The Ground Zero-sum Game, Reuven Firestone
Ground Zero’s Slave Graves, Jen Phillips (sacred ground)
Growing Anti-Mosque Hysteria in the Heart of America,  Louay M. Safi
Hannity falsely claims Imam Rauf wants to “shred our Constitution”
Hannity distorts Rauf’s words to fearmonger about Sharia law
Sen. Orrin Hatch stands up for center
Rabbi Marvin Hier, Opponent Of Cordoba House Is Building A Museum On Top Of A Muslim Cemetery In Jerusalem
How Arabs view the anti-mosque movement, Marc Lynch
How can we view Muslims as Americans?, Asma T. Uddin
How Liberal Mosque Defenders Are Playing into the Hands of the Islamophobes, Aisha Ghani
How the “ground zero mosque” fear mongering began, Justin Elliott
Hurt Feelings and the Ground Zero Mosque: Chronology of a Bizarre Controversy, Gary Leupp (timeline, sensitivity question)
I am a Muslimarican, Qasim Basir,b=facebook
Imam At Center Of ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Controversy Assisted Bush-Era State Department With Outreach To Muslims , Jason Linkins
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Speaks out against terrorist attacks in London
Imam Feisal Rauf, the Washington Times, and the Global Peace Festival, Richard Bartholomew
Imam Feisal and former Archbishop Lord Carey Call for Calm after Offensive Danish Cartoons 
ImamFeisal Rauf: Ground Zero’s lightning rod, Paul Harris
If He Could, Bin Laden Would Bomb the Cordoba Initiative, Jeffrey Goldberg
In Defense of Feisal Abdul-Rauf, Hussein Rashid
In some ways Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is Arabic for Shirley Sherrod, Jay Bookman In some ways, ‘Feisal Abdul Rauf’ is Arabic for ‘Shirley Sherrod’
Interview with Sharif El Gamal - the developer, Aziz Poonawalla
Interview with Daisy Khan, Sally Quinn
Interview with Jack Shaheen - more leadership needed
Is Anti-Muslim Fervor Just Latest Fear?, Andrea Stone
Is Islam a primary driver or cause of terrorism?, John Esposito
Is Mosque Hysteria Being Ginned Up to Bolster Support for the Disastrous Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?, Phyllis Bennis
Is Sharia law reconcilable with modernity?, Sh. Ali Gomaa
Islam already lives near ground zero
The Islamic Center and the “Pearl Harbor” Analogy, Scott Kurashige
Islamic center’s struggle echoes that of African-Americans, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik
Islamism is not Islam, Maajid Nawaz
Islamophobia and the Muslim center at Ground Zero, John L. Esposito 
Islamophobia in America: Where do we go from here?, John L. Esposito
Islamophobia in New York, Redux: We should have seen the ‘ground zero’ furor coming, Alex Kane
Islamophobia no longer questioned - even by our elected representatives, Sheila Musaji (collection of anti-Muslim statements by politicians, regularly updated)
Israel and America’s Mosque Hysteria, M.J. Rosenberg’s_mosque_hysteria
It’s about the community, stupid, Abed Bhuyan
It’s not about the mosque! It’s America’s war on “the Other.”, Will Bunch
It’s Okay to Offend the Bigotry of Bigots
Jewish vigil supporting Muslim cultural center in Lower Manhattan, Rabbi Arthur Waskow 
Just How Far Is the “Ground Zero Mosque” From Ground Zero? , Matt Sledge
Daisy Khan epitomizes Islam’s modernizing voice
Suhail Khan exposes Pam Geller and other insane Muslim haters on the Rachel Maddow program
Kilmeade blames anti-Muslim rage in Tennessee on Muslims in New York
Kilmeade asks if “Islamic community” is “gloating” by building Islamic community center near Ground Zero
Lack of national Muslim leadership seen in NY furor, Daniel Trotta 
The Leadership Failure of Park51, Hussein Rashid 
Lie About Auschwitz Fuels Park51 Hysteria, Jeffrey Feldman
Limbaugh calls Islamic cultural center “a victory monument at Ground Zero”
Looking for common ground in lower Manhattan, Parvez Ahmed
Making Islamophobia Mainstream: How Muslim-bashers broadcast their bigotry, Steve Rendall and Isabel Macdonald
Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks at Iftar dinner
Meme of which we shall not speak
Minority groups and their position on Cordoba House, Robert Salaam
The “Mosque controversy” demonstrates how passive and unorganized the Arab and Muslim Americans truly are, Hussein Ibish
Mosque debate is not a distraction, Glenn Greenwald 
Mosque fight helps al-Qaeda, Ali Soufan
Mosque on solid legal ground, Casey Seiler
The ‘Mosque’ Saga: Republican Racists, Media Scumbags and Hypocrites, Democratic and Republican, Dave Lindorff
Mosque-erade: what political courage looks like, Glenn Greenwald
Mosque-Issippi Burning, Amy Goodman
Mosque Mania: Anti-Muslim Fears and the Far Right, Stephan Salisbury
Mosque Uprising: Islam and the emerging religious threat to our Constitution, William Saletan
Mosques and Mount Rushmore: The debate over what’s sacred, Simon Moya-Smith 
Mosques, Muslims, and America in darkness, William Rivers Pitt
Mosque’s Name (Cordoba) Isn’t Code for Islamic Conquest, Christa Brown
Moving Away from Ground Zero, Hasan Zillur Rahim 
MPAC calls on NY Gov Paterson to retract offensive, misleading statement about Muslims (Shia)
Muslim-rooted Center in Lower Manhattan: Is it Right? Is it Wise?, Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Muslimah Writers Alliance Director Requests Federal Action Against Islamophobia, Aishah Schwartz
Muslims are coming, Ashraf Ezzat
Muslims keep out: Republican campaign against mosque, William Saletan (anti-Muslim quotes)
Muslims pray daily at the Pentagon
MY FAITH MY VOICE American Muslim voices PSA website
My final word on Park 51, Aziz Poonawalla
Naseeb Vibes interview with Imam eisal Abdul Rauf - Toleration as a Hallmark
The New anti-Semitism, Daniel Luban
The New anti-Semitism, Adam Horowitz
New Islamophobia in action, Daniel Luban 
“New York, Battle Ground or Common Ground: Building of Mosque Center near Ground Zero in Manhattan”? Lessons from Sarajevo and insight for Americans. Please find link to interview with Amb. Muhamed “mo” Sacirbey Parts 1 & 2
New York Neighbors for American Values coalition formed  and New York Neighbors for American Values
NYC Mosque This Month’s New ‘Scare White People’ Story, Rachel Maddow
No compromise on religious freedom, Richard Cohen
‘No Mosques at Ground Zero’ - Is this the next battle cry for the soul of America?, Abdul Cader Asmal
No Space for American Islam? , Mark Bergen
Not all 9/11 families oppose the mosque
Nothing to see here: Right-wing media dismiss notion of nationwide “Islamophobia”
Pres. Obama’s remarks for White House Iftar Dinner
Mr. Obama… Are You Out There?, Jessica Corry
Obama under pressure in test of principle that could define his presidency, Rupert Cornwell
Obamaphobia and Islamophobia Revisited, Sheila Musaji
The “Obamosque” Smears and the Money Fueling Them, Sarah Posner
Of Mosques and Cartoons, Richard Bulliet (sensitivity)
Keith Olbermann Mocks Obama Muslim Conspiracy Theorists With Apocalyptic Video
Keith Olbermann: Wave of religious intolerance sweeps the U.S.
Ted Olson, Former Bush Solicitor General And Husband Of 9/11 Victim, Backs Obama On ‘Ground Zero Mosque’
On the Wing and a Victimhood, Eugene Robinson
Opposition to Muslims and mosques grows in U.S. racist caldron, Ray Hanania 
The original mosque at ground zero, Aziz Poonawalla
O’Reilly launches whinefest when NYC mosque bashers get called out for their bigotry. Then Rove compares Muslims to neo-Nazis, David Neiwert
O’Reilly pushes fake controversy over Imam Rauf’s 9-11 comments, says “he is no friend to America”
Our mosque madness, Maureen Dowd
Pandering over a mosque, Eugene Robinson
Paranoid politics: the denial of Islamophobia, Jillian York
Park 51 and the roots of Islamophobia, Sarah Posner
Park51 Should Not Be Complicated for Jews, Nancy Fuchs Kreimer
Parsing the Record of Feisal Abdul Rauf, Anne Barnard (issues raised by critics and responses)
Pawlenty, Ellison wade into growing mosque debate
Pentagon and Capitol Building: two largest mosques in the world, Robert Salaam
POLLS - New PEW poll probes what Americans think, or know, about Islam  -  new Quinnipiac University poll  - Newsweek poll Majority Of GOP Believes Obama Sympathizes With Islamic Fundamentalism, Wants Worldwide Islamic Law
Polling aside, it’s not a mosque, it’s a right 
Pray for the Opponents of the Community Center in NYC , Robert Salaam
Pride and Prejudice at Park51, Muqtedar Khan extremists have campaigned against an Islamic cultural center before (Roxbury Mosque), Jeff Klein
Protests, Rhetoric Feed Jihadists’ Fire , Jonathan Weisman
Pull the Plug on US Commission on International Religious Freedom USCIRF?, Steve Clemons
Q & A on the proposed center
Question Amidst Anti-Mosque Flare-Up: What’s The Deal With That Church?, Ryan Reilly
Racists live in a world of interchangeable people , Neil Steinberg,CST-NWS-stein02.article
“Radical”? In 2004, Imam Rauf said Muslims identify with GOP’s “personal values and its family values”
Religious freedom, hypocrisy clash at Ground Zero, Diana Narciso
Religious Freedom, Free Speech Face Off Nationwide, David Schaper 
Report from ground zero protest, Zach Morris
Responding to the Toxic Anti-Islamic Fervor Growing in This Nation, Kevin Gosztola
Response to the Foiled New York Terror Plot, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
Rethinking Sudan: Problems Remain but There are Opportunities for the US-Sudan Relationship, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf 
Reviving us vs. them politics
Right-wing media smear Park51 as potential haven for terrorists
Right-wing media falsely declares Imam’s Middle East trip a “taxpayer-funded fundraising jaunt”
The Rise of Intolerance Against Muslim Americans, Salam al Marayati
Runnymede Trust: eight components that define Islamophobia
Say yes to a mosque at ground zero, Kelly Caldwell
Sensitive Conservatism: Is a mosque near Ground Zero “insensitive”?, William Saletan
Separation of Church and Hate: The Kate Mosque Solution, Greg Palast
Shame on ADL for opposing Mosque 2 blocks from Ground Zero, Rabbi Michael Lerner
Shame on America, Jews and the ADL, Rabbi Bruce Warshal
Sharing the core of our beliefs, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
SoCal interfaith leaders support Islamic center near ground zero
Statements of Support for Muslim Civil Rights: Interfaith and Government Communities
Jon Stewart is a “mensch”, Sheila Musaji (with links to Daily Show videos on Cordoba House controversy, updated regularly)
Stop the war on prayer interfaith effort
Sufis: the Muslims in the middle, William Dalrymple
Tea Party Reveals Real Reason Behind Mosque Opposition Frenzy, Ahmed Rehab (chronology of anti-mosque argument development, revealing email)
Temecula Mosque Protest: Of Dogs and Roses, Sheila Musaji 
The Terrorists Have Won, Missy Comlie Beattie
This isn’t the America I love, Mehdi Hasan
Three Talking Points on… the Cordoba Islamic Cultural Center, Sally Kohn
Turning Our Back on Religious Freedom Hurts All Americans, Sahar Aziz
Unions Are WRONG To Refuse To Build The Mosque
The Untold Story Behind the “Mosque at Ground Zero”, Ahmed Rehab
U.S. Muslims underestimate 9/11 effect, Akbar Ahmed
Using a mosque to prey on U.S. fears, Paul Wells
Video from the hate-fest in Manhattan
Video animation from Taiwan about this controversy
War over the war on terror, Adam Serwer
George Washington’s letter to Jewish synagogue in RI
Wash. Times’ Kuhner baselessly smears NYC imam as an “unrepentant militant Muslim”
Wash. Times baselessly smears Rauf as having “supported” Hamas’ “cause”
What Books Shall We Burn Now?, Rabbi Arthur Waskow
What Fox has wrought: Anti-Park51 protests full of right-wing hate
What is the Contribution of Religions Toward Peace?, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
What Lebanon can teach the U.S. about religious tolerance, David Samel (Beirut synagogue)  - and Ghassan Bridi
what mosque at Ground Zero? why all Americans have a stake in Cordoba House, Aziz Poonawalla
What “stealth jihad” doesn’t mean, Lisa Miller
What would America’s founders do about New York mosque?
What would Martin Luther King Say? Mosques and the New Jim Crow in America, Juan Cole
What would a compromise in NY Muslim centre dispute look like?
When Republicans and Jihadis Agree…, Nicholas Kristof 
When the right holds America to low standards, Steve Benen
Where is American Muslim Leadership in Cordoba House/Park 51 Controversy?, Sheila Musaji
White House: Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Spurred By Mosque Debate Not Yet ‘Dangerous’, Sam Stein
Who is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf?
Who represents American Muslims? No one, Farhana Qazi (leadership)
Why The Lobby Needs To Pull Plug On Anti-Muslim Hatefest, M.J. Rosenberg 
Will Laura Ingraham Speak Out Against Fox News’ “Muslim Extremist” Shareholder?
Wingnuts Stir the Crazy with Fake Outrage Over “Ground Zero” Greek Orthodox Church
WND’s Joseph Farah describes construction of cultural center as act of terrorism
Would Stop the Judaization of America (SJOA) Be Appropriate?
Wrong Then, Wrong Now: What Yesterday’s Anti-Catholicism Has in Common with Today’s Islamophobia, Paul Moses
Yes this is a litmus test, Thomas Knapp
Yes, I Know That Churches Cannot Be Built in Saudi Arabia, Dilara Hafiz
Fareed Zakaria’s letter to the ADL
Zero tolerance at Ground Zero, Mohamed Elibiary and Amad Shaikh