America’s two Muslim Congressmen on the “Ground Zero mosque” and Islam in America

Obama on mosque: “The answer is no regrets”

Use of government property to relocate NYC mosque raises serious legal questions, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State

David Harsanyi: Why is it “bigoted” to criticize religion?

Islam sign disappears from mosque site

Moderate Muslims oppose location of Cordoba Mosque on religious grounds

Poll: NY voters opposed to mosque near ground zero

Mosque developer rejects meeting with Paterson

Ground Zero mosque on the move?

Andrew McCarthy: “Intolerance is not just part of al-Qaeda, it is part of Islam”

Obama undaunted by fallout from mosque remarks

NY governor to meet with NYC mosque developers

K.T. McFarland: 3 fundamental questions about the Ground Zero mosque

Senator Reid opposes NY Muslim center site

Haaretz report on Ground Zero mosque move is “complete misinformation”

Religious Freedom Coalition chairman takes Obama to task on mega mosque at Ground Zero

NYC mayor: “Sad day” if mosque gets shouted down

Greek Orthodox Church destroyed on 9/11 still not rebuilt

    New York Times: “The story of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and its efforts to rebuild after the collapse of the World Trade Center is one of well-intentioned promises that led to endless negotiations, design disputes, delays and mounting costs . . . [T]he church exists only on blueprints. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency overseeing reconstruction, has not finalized the exchange of land needed to provide the congregation with a new home near ground zero.”

  • Posted: 08/16/2010
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Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center

WSJ: The Mosque of Misunderstanding

“Divorce easier as New York law ends need to lie”

White House: politics no role in mosque remarks

Anti-ground zero mosque TV ad planned

Obama backtracks over Ground Zero mosque after furious 9/11 families label him “insensitive and uncaring”

Obama’s mosque remarks reverberate

Hamas leader: Ground zero mosque must be built

NY: Federal judge orders Greenburgh to approve Mt. Vernon church’s plans

Free-speech battle in mosque war

Poll: 7 in 10 Americans oppose Ground Zero mosque

“Rush Limbaugh: The First Amendment, zoning laws and the Ground Zero mosque”

Court sides with town in prayer case

“Professor claims NY college favored gays over him”

Imam leading efforts to build Ground Zero mosque will be State Department Speaker in Middle East

David Aikman: Mosque issue not about freedom of religion

    David Aikman writing at OneNewsNow: “It is as absurd to claim that the issue is one of First Amendment religious freedom as it would be to make the same argument if a Japanese group wanted to erect a Shinto shrine within yards of the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor . . . No, the issue is one of decency and good taste. Of course, there are many Muslims both in America and overseas who were horrified by the events of 9/11. Nevertheless, the terror that day was carried out by devout Muslims who thought they were pleasing Allah and whose hatred of freedom and everything the U.S. stands for prompted them to act.”

  • Posted: 08/12/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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Christian conservative leader calls for no more mosques in U.S.

NY gov says Islamic group won’t relocate mosque

Victor Davis Hanson: Everyone a bigot?

Joel Oster: Americans United for Separation of Church and State exposed!

NY: Quinn wants Senate marriage commitment

More questions raised by Muslims over mosque near 9/11 site

NY governor offers help moving ground zero mosque

Frank Gaffney: Coming to grips with sharia

New York MTA accepts controversial anti-mosque ad after lawsuit is filed

Attorney: A perfect and respectful response in Greece, NY

Ground Zero Mosque Becomes Free Speech Controversy—Federal Lawsuit Filed

Battle looms over huge costs of public pensions

Eugene Volokh: Legal issue is open and shut on ground zero mosque

Across nation, mosque projects meet opposition

Greece town meeting prayers legal, judge says

NY: Judge rejects demand to censor Christian prayer

NY: Prayers at Greece Town Board meetings OK, judge rules

Court rules NY town can open public meetings with prayer

Pat Buchanan: The Mosque at Ground Zero

N.Y. Appellate Division revives child support order against lesbian co-parent

    Leonard Link: “A five-member panel of the New York Appellate Division, 2nd Department, unanimously ruled on August 3 that a woman is obligated to make child support payments to her former same-sex partner. Reconsidering the case after the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, had reversed the appellate division’s previous ruling that the Family Court did not have jurisdiction over the child support claim because New York State did not recognize the non-biological mother as a parent of the child, the Appellate Division panel now endorsed the use of the doctrine of equitable estoppel to resolve the case. In the Matter of H.M. v. E.T., 2007-09323 (Aug. 3, 2010).”

  • Posted: 08/05/2010
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Mosque is no way to “build bridges”

MA gov Deval Patrick backs NYC mosque plan

Case highlights inconsistency between N.Y. statutory rape laws, federal child porn laws

Bloomberg lauds religious liberty established by Christian founders; others challenge mosque intentions

    The Wall Street Journal has the full text of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “speech following a vote that clears most major hurdles for the construction of a planned mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero”: “Of all our precious freedoms, the most important may be the freedom to worship as we wish. And it is a freedom that, even here in a City that is rooted in Dutch tolerance, was hard-won over many years . . . with or without landmark designation, there is nothing in the law that would prevent the owners from opening a mosque within the existing building. The simple fact is this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship . . . The government has no right whatsoever to deny that right – and if it were tried, the courts would almost certainly strike it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.” | Via Religion Clause

  • Posted: 08/04/2010
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Group to fight vote clearing way for NYC mosque

Hugh Hewitt: The Ground Zero mosque – why or why not?

9/11 memorial pledged as part of mosque plan

ACLU praises Muslim center near Ground Zero

New York mosque controversy fires up national campaign

ACLJ poised to file court challenge to proposed Ground Zero mosque after NYC declines to landmark historic building

NYC Commission OKs Ground Zero Mosque

Frank Gaffney: On “bashing” Muslims

    Frank Gaffney writing at Townhall: “In fact, it is not ‘bashing’ all Muslims if one points out that the comprehensive doctrine to which some of them adhere is a threat to our liberties, our government and our way of life. Objectively, that is the case; a global theocracy – the end-state commanded by Shariah – administering a severely repressive, even barbaric criminal code aimed at enforcing submission by Muslims and non-Muslims alike is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution.”

  • Posted: 08/03/2010
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Cal Thomas: Gingrich properly sounded the alarm about radical Islam in the U.S.

“The only man who can stop the mosque madness”

NYC police to increase mosque patrols during Ramadan holiday for 800,000+ Muslims

ACLJ asks commission to make N.Y. building a landmark to keep mosque from being built

“The truth behind the mosque at Ground Zero”

Summer jobs in N.Y. legal market lowest since 1991 “The city’s legal services sector, largely comprised by law firms, added 1,600 jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May. But the numbers are below the 2,600 jobs added in June 2009 and below the decade average of 2,800 during the period when many law firms are adding summer associates. There were 79,800 total jobs in the legal section.”

  • Posted: 07/26/2010
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Staten Island Catholic Church board blocks sale of old convent building for Muslim mosque