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August 16, 2010 Poll Results

A group plans to build a mosque two blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood. What are your thoughts?

I'm in favor of the plan 17% 85 votes
I oppose the plan 73% 365 votes
I have no opinion 9% 48 votes
Total: 498 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


August 16, 2010
11:42 a.m.

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To prevent this is quite simply a matter of religious discrimination. We are a nation of laws, not "what feels good (or bad)". Regrettably some may not like it so close (not at, but 2 blocks away), but every day things get built that others don't like - but property rights, religious rights, and freedom to assemble all trump the fact that some may not feel comfortable with the mosque.

Do they feel the nearby x-rated shop are more dignified? If this is denied, then NO OTHER new house of worship should be allowed in the same area.

August 16, 2010
12:09 p.m.

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I heard on the news the other day that there are plans to open a "gay" club across the street from the proposed mosque, but the Iman asked that it not be so close to their mosque as it would offend their worshipers. One wonders if the Iman actually heard his own words! Rules may be rules and maybe he can "legally" put his mosque there, but WHY would he want to if it offends so many people? Our governor offered to find another location, on state-owned property, but the Iman said no. Again I say... why?? What's his ultimate purpose in being so close to Ground Zero? It's time we DID take feelings into consideration!

August 17, 2010
9:14 a.m.

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I don't believe that a faith that wants to promote a better relationship between itself and people who don't understand it would build a place of worship in a space that would hurt so many residents. Gov Paterson offered to help the supporters find a different place to build their mosque and they refused. I had supported the building of the mosque prior to this. It would have proven that the people of NYC and the builders of the mosque really want peace if they had worked together to find a site that is less hurtful to the people of NYC AND is in a convenient place for the people who will worship at the mosque. Since there was a fast refusal to work with the government, I changed my opinion about the motive for building the mosque at its current proposed site.

August 17, 2010
9:37 a.m.

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would anyone object to building a christian church on the site of the oklahoma bombing?

August 17, 2010
5:35 p.m.

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I heard on one local TV news last night that they had contacted local people who had lost family members in 9/11 to find how they felt ... and support was in favor of the Mosque's building. Why do so many other have their shorts in such a bind about this?

*I* am offended that the state would be offering property to ANY church.

The right for localities to regulate (but not outlaw) sex-related businesses (and businesses in general) has been upheld - so possibly a "gay club" could be kept out. We don't have similar regulation over houses of worship, however.

NYGirl61: We are a nation of laws, not feelings.

August 17, 2010
9:05 p.m.

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This is a poorly worded question. It could be implied that by saying you're opposed, you are denying them the right to actually build the mosque. They have that legal right, but I am opposed because I believe that this is a poorly thought out decision by the organizers of this group, which is insensitive to the feelings of the majority of people.

August 19, 2010
6:48 p.m.

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Just because you have the right to do something, doesn't mean it's always right to do it.

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