Cuatro artículos analizan el debate generado en EEUU a partir de la posible construcción de una mesquita cerca del lugar de los ataques del 9/11 en Nueva York.
MANHATTAN PROJECT: THE GREAT MOSQUE DIVIDE. YaleGlobal. Sadanand Dhume. August 24, 2010.
A proposal to build an Islamic center two blocks away from the target of the 9/11 attacks steadily moved through New York City’s planning process, meeting regulations and winning approval each step of the way. The World Trade Center attacks united the United States for a short while, whereas almost nine years later, the center and plan to “build bridges” raise another in a long line of issues that divide Americans: Conservatives point to a historical pattern of Muslims constructing monuments atop ground sacred to non-Muslims, symbols that galvanize radical Islam. Liberals argue that the plan is in conformity with the freedom of worship guaranteed by the law, that bullying organizers to relocate violates basic constitutional principles. Both sides offer passionate, strong arguments, notes author Sadanand Dhume. Perhaps most threatening to Western civilization is the debate’s rancor. Dhume urges conservatives and liberals to find common ground on balancing individual rights with combating radical Islam.
PUBLIC REMAINS CONFLICTED OVER ISLAM: NYC MOSQUE OPPOSED, MUSLIMS’ RIGHT TO BUILD MOSQUES FAVORED. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. August 24, 2010.
The public continues to express conflicted views of Islam. Favorable opinions of Islam have declined since 2005, but there has been virtually no change over the past year in the proportion of Americans saying that Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence. As was the case a year ago, slightly more people say the Islamic religion does not encourage violence more than other religions (42%) than say that it does (35%).
IS A MOSQUE NEAR GROUND ZERO A BAD IDEA? Council on Foreign Relations. Richard N. Haass et al. August 24, 2010.
Five experts address the controversy over the proposed Islamic center near the 9/11 attack site in New York, the foreign policy implications, and how the issue should be resolved.
MOSQUE CONTROVERSY, IRAQ WAR DOMINATE THE NEWS. Project for Excellence in Journalism. August 24, 2010.
A statement of support for religious freedom by President Barack Obama fueled an ideologically driven debate in the media over a proposed Islamic center in New York last week. A milestone in the Iraq war, continued economic travails and a mostly hung jury in a corruption case involving a former governor also vied for attention.
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