In response to Anthony Samad’s article, “Ramadan: The Best Time To Discuss America’s Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment“, we posted a quick poll to gauge the sentiments of the LA Progressive community on the construction of an Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero.
We’re a small publication, but our numbers are growing fast. Thanks to many of you who take the time to forward these articles to friends or share them on Facebook, we continue to rank among the top tier of sites in the country, according to Alexa.com. So it made sense, in terms of numbers, to put up a poll on this topic.
The poll asked, “Should there be a mosque built near the New York Twin Towers site?” and offered a “yes” or “no” response. Assuming that most progressives know the back story behind the opposition to building the Islamic Community Center, we chose to make it short and simple.
Shortly after the poll was published, we received a comment from a regular reader pleading with us to take it down. I contacted that reader to I ask why. He forwarded a link to Keith Olbermann’s special commentary entitled “There is No Ground Zero Mosque.”
In his commentary, Olbermann insists that there is no Mosque being built at Ground Zero. He goes on to talk about the “stoking of enmity” and the “hatred amplified by politicians and zealots” using this construction to drum up support for their particular cause or political gain.
The Islamic Center which will be named 45 Park Place was, at one point, going to be named the Cordoba Center. However, the name was change because the opposition used the name “Cordoba” to plant suspicions.
When asked about the name “Cordoba,” Newt Gingrich, who is rumored to have eyes on the White House, was quoted in a July 22nd Washington Post article saying “It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex. Today, some of the mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to ‘symbolize interfaith cooperation’ when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognized Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest.”
Olbermann counters Gingrich’s claim about Muslim conquerors calling them “a figment of Newt Gingrich’s imagination”. He goes on to dismantle Gingrich’s argument piece by piece in his lengthy, 12-minute-long commentary, which can be viewed if you click here.
But, I’m not writing a synopsis of Olbermann’s commentary. What I want to do here is apologize if I have done anything to promote or further the misinformation that abounds regarding Muslims and the Islamic Community Center. I thank the reader who pointed out that my poll should be taken down. I agree with him and took down the poll. The words chosen for the title of the poll were misleading because there isn’t going to be a Mosque built near Ground Zero, at least not now.
I also want to ask you, the readers, to let me know if you’d like a poll. Finally, for those who would be interested the outcome of a poll on this topic, I ask that you send me a list of questions you’d like to see included the poll. You can do this by using the comments section below this article.
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