Religious Values, American Ideals, and NYC Islamic Center

Watch excerpts from August 17 remarks made by religious leaders at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and American ideals and values and the controversy over building an Islamic community center near Ground Zero. Speakers are Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation; Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation; Ron Cruz of Pax Christi USA; Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia; and Corey Saylor, legislative director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


  • Pranab MAn Pradhan

    There are two kinds of people in this world good and bad , as simple as that it has nothing to do with religion.They should allow the mosque to be build near ground zero if not the Islamic Americans in United States will be lowered as a second class citizen.

  • stephanie green

    In viewing the video on whether the NYC Islamic Center should be build, i thing it should because its apart of who and where the Islam Culture worship or come together. I feel its not fair if they have to compromise their beliefs, lower there standards, or even stop pushing the issue. I really don’t believe it would be a debate in any other religions. The way their being persecuted and treated as if their not people. I ask the question how would we feel if the shoes were on the other foot, and we were told we couldnt build another church and we needed to go elsewhere. After its all said and done we all have to give an account for our lives and God isnt concerned about any titles. When we all leave this earth we leave the same way any under the color of our skin is bones that each one of us have. One of the commandments in Matthew 22:37-40 states Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. It also states “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” We are all neighbors, so we should be able to get along inspite of our differences

  • Nnene Ibe Onuma

    I personally agree, that if relocating the mosque to a different location will heal the wound of the bereaved then mosque should be built at a different site. After all human life is priceless.