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Posts Tagged ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

9/11 traced new spiritual lines by Cathy Lynn Gossman, USA Today

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Thousands were killed in a cruel, distorted vision of Islam, a religion that teaches peace. And for millions of Americans, the immediate response was to drop to their knees in prayer. Sanctuaries filled for memorial services. Cardinal Edward Egan of New York remembers crowds overflowing St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A decade later, the soulful response seems fleeting. Statistically, [...]

NYC is a place where enemies can meet as friends, Rev. Ryan Holladay, Lower Manhattan Community Church

Thumbnail : NYC is a place where enemies can meet as friends, Rev. Ryan Holladay, Lower Manhattan Community Church

Nearly twenty percent of all national news coverage for the week of September 6 – 12 was devoted to controversies over the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan and the anti-Muslim sentiment it has aroused. The economy and midterm elections received seventeen and twelve percent, respectively, according to the News Coverage Index by the [...]

NYC is the context of a global meeting of faiths, Rev. Andrew Lee, ISAAC

Thumbnail : NYC is the context of a global meeting of faiths, Rev. Andrew Lee, ISAAC

Mayor Bloomberg’s speech on religious freedom in New York City advocates for the proposed mosque and community center, called the Cordoba Initiative, on the grounds of the religious freedom and tolerance that have been woven into the historical fabric of the United States.  In evaluating his discourse on this controversy, it would be helpful to [...]

NYC is a place where we can be friends, Pastor Taylor Field, East 7th Street Baptist Church-Graffiti

Thumbnail : NYC is a place where we can be friends, Pastor Taylor Field, East 7th Street Baptist Church-Graffiti

I was at Ground Zero soon after the fall of the second tower.  I had wrapped my shirt around my mouth because it was difficult to breath.  I was looking to assure that my son was okay.  He went to a high school nearby.  I was amazed at how totally silent it all was.  I [...]

New York is a beacon, Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh, Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village

Thumbnail : New York is a beacon, Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh, Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village

I commend Mayor Bloomberg for his impassioned defense of religious liberty. His tracing out of the stifling of worship in our city was illuminating and places the current debate in its proper context. The perpetrators of 9/11 made a bold and deadly assertion as to the nature of God and what it means to serve [...]

New York is a place of freedom of religion & tolerance, but trust must be earned, Bishop Joe Mattera, Christ Covenant Coalition

Thumbnail : New York is a place of freedom of religion & tolerance, but trust must be earned, Bishop Joe Mattera, Christ Covenant Coalition

      [We have asked religious leaders with congregations or church affiliates near Ground Zero to respond to Mayor Bloomberg's speeches on religion and religious freedom in the city. Bishop Mattera overseas Christian Action Coalition that includes churches near Ground Zero. He is also senior pastor at Resurrection Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The [...]

New York is a place where we do not fear people’s quest for truth, Udo Middelmann, Francis Schaeffer Foundation

Thumbnail : New York is a place where we do not fear people’s quest for truth, Udo Middelmann, Francis Schaeffer Foundation

Mayor Bloomberg’s speech is a courageous and correct response of civil authority to questions concerning the life of religious communities in the city. Whether they benefit the whole community is a question of existing laws encouraging the freedom of religious beliefs while tightly limiting the practice of religious beliefs, whenever such behavior is prohibited by existing civil and criminal [...]

New York is a place of forgiveness, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Diocese of Brooklyn

Thumbnail : New York is a place of forgiveness, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Diocese of Brooklyn

(Excerpts the Bishop’s column “Islam and Religious Freedom” in The Tablet, August 28, 2010) The events of September 11, 2001 will forever be burned into our minds and consciousness. All of us cannot help but be profoundly changed and tens of thousands of our family and friends continue to live with the pain of losing [...]

New York is a place to reason together, Rev. Gabriel A. Salguero of The Lamb’s Church

Thumbnail : New York is a place to reason together, Rev. Gabriel A. Salguero of The Lamb’s Church

As an Evangelical pastor in the Lower East Side of Manhattan I’ve received several calls to give my opinion about the building project called Park51 Islamic center and  mosque near Ground Zero in New York. I have resisted responding for several reasons, not least of which is that emotions are understandably running high given the [...]

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