The Mosque at Ground Zero Analytical Essay by Carly Evans

This paper thoroughly examines the proposal to build a mosque near ground zero in Lower Manhattan, New York and the controversy surrounding that proposal.
# 150566 | 2,308 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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A brief discussion about the proposed Islamic mosque and community center to be built near ground zero in Lower Manhattan, New York. The paper examines the true location of the mosque and succinctly looks at the details of the project. Opinions of prominent politicians and community members are highlighted and the sentiments of the Muslim American community are discussed in depth. Finally, the paper ends with an explanation of the end result of the proposed plan, i.e., was the mosque plan approved or tossed out and if so, by whom.

Location of the Proposed Mosque
Opinions on the Proposed Mosque
Muslim American Opinions Discussed
Mosque Approved or Declined

From the Paper:

"As aforementioned, because the religion of Islam was so heavily connected with the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the terrorist group Al Qaeda, who frequently cites to the will of Allah when claiming responsibility for the deadly attacks, many Americans quickly came to confuse Middle Eastern terrorism and its ideals with non-violent Islamic practitioners and their ideals. As such, opinions regarding the appropriateness of an Islamic mosque and community center at or near ground zero vary greatly from person to person depending on their personal beliefs, experiences and knowledge about the September 11 attacks and the religion of Islam itself. Those who have voiced their opinion concerning the ground zero mosque include victims and the family members of the victims of 9/11, politicians, prominent religious figures and activists, Muslim Americans and a number of other independent interested parties ("Debate Lingers," 2010).

"Opinions against the construction of the mosque near ground zero are founded primarily in the idea that the desired location "so close to what they consider hallowed ground is an insult to the 9/11 victims' families, especially because the attack was perpetrated in the name of Islam" (Davis & Dover, 2010). These individuals believe that by erecting a building that celebrates the religion for which their friends and family members were killed, the city is allowing their lives and memories to be openly dishonored. Others feel that the mosque and community center would be celebrating a religion or group of people who condone violence on American citizens and are opposed to the construction of Cordoba House for this reason. One of the 1000 protesters in New York on August 22, 2010, voiced his opinion stating, "'I am here to protest this nonreligious mosque, which is a symbol of Muslim victory,'" (Davis & Dover, 2010). Other forms of opposition can be seen in the construction industry where some workers have openly stated that they would refuse to work on this particular job should the project be approved (Davis & Dover, 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Associated Press. "Ground Zero Mosque Project Divides American Muslims." New Jersey Times. 18 August 2010. Accessed March 5, 2012. < >.
  • Creed, Ryan. "President Obama Supports Building of Mosque Near Ground Zero." ABC World News. 14 August 2010. Accessed March 6, 2012. < >.
  • Davis, Linsey & Dover, Elicia. "Ground Zero Mosque Opponets, Supporters Turn Out to Demonstrate." ABC News. 22 August 2010. Accessed March 5, 2012. < >.
  • "Ground Zero Mosque Overwhelmingly Approved By NYC Community Board: 'It's A Seed of Peace.'" The Huffington Post. 25 May 2011. Accessed March 6, 2012. < >.
  • Goodstein, Laura. "Across Nation, Mosque Projects Meet Opposition." The New York Times. 7 August 2010. Accessed March 6, 2012. pagewanted=all .

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