The "30 Mosques" guys visit "The Ground Zero Mosque"

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57 Responses to “The "30 Mosques" guys visit "The Ground Zero Mosque"”

  1. pixleshifter says:

    Why can’t they just plant a great big bloody park in the place.
    Lovely, Great for the city.
    Everybody happy.

  2. agates says:

    Way to make sweeping generalizations, bub.

    No, I am specifically responding to the article.

    “Turns out I was a moron trying to go through the women’s entrance and he went inside to see if there was a path where I could walk around to not disturb any of the women.”

    So this religion (or it’s practitioners), mandates a separation of women and men?

    Or do you think that delightful “separate but equal” chestnut applies here?

    You can view this example of sexism through a cultural filter, if helps you justify it, or call me all the names you like.

    But it still doesn’t make it not stink.

  3. jackdavinci says:

    I’ve actually always kind of thought that, like hospitals and college campuses, any large skyscraper should logically include small mosques/chapels/etc for convenience, the same way they might have cafeterias or a postal area. So I’m always surprised by the furor over the ground zero mosque being near ground zero when really, there should be one *inside* whatever is the new building that eventually gets built.

  4. agates says:

    didn’t the prop 8 supporters just trot out an argument about the need for marriage to protect all the poor little women? oh yes, they did:

    Hi Sum Zero

    They sure did. So..?

    If your, in any way, insinuating that I believe that Christians (or let’s clarify here, ANY faith based religion) are not sexist, well then your making an assumption based on no evidence.

    • sum.zero says:

      if you feel equally negatively about all religions why single out just the one for condemnation in your comments:

      “So this religion (or it’s practitioners), mandates a separation of women and men?

      Or do you think that delightful “separate but equal” chestnut applies here?

      You can view this example of sexism through a cultural filter, if helps you justify it, or call me all the names you like.

      But it still doesn’t make it not stink.”

  5. kmoser says:

    Sometimes a shofar is just a shofar.

  6. agates says:

    That’s fine as long as you’re not joining agates in his earlier “why does this blog have posts about X but not about Y” rant.

    Sorry, your wrong. I was just complaining about X. Not Y.

    And I’ve never known any of the Boing Boing writers to care if someone criticizes the validity or interest of a posting.

  7. RedShirt77 says:

    arguements defending this project always beg the question.

    Just because its a non-mosque opposed largely by prejudiced individuals and grandstanding politicians doesn’t mean that it isn’t in bad taste.

    Which it is.

    Lets build a center to explore moderate American imperialism on the site of the battle of little bighorn. Or to moderated Catholicism next to a center that treats the victims of child molestation.

    Hey guys, some Muslim fellows perped a terrible act right up the block. Maybe you can kick off the moderation PR over in jersey and work your way over to the sight of a horrendous crime done in the name of your religion.

  8. Nelson.C says:

    Just a mosque, just a church, just a synagogue, just a mandir, just a shrine, just a temple, just a henge, just a painted rock….

  9. grikdog says:

    Don’t forget the Mother Mosque in Cedar Rapids, Iowa! Only the first mosque in America.

  10. nehpetsE says:

    Just a painted Stick, and just a Conch Shell. Just a Can o’ Beans and a Dirty Sock and a Spoon.

  11. mdh says:

    Just a rhetorical foil.

  12. oohShiny says:

    There’s actually been question of whether it’s even a mosque. It might be more appropriate to say “It’s just a Muslim community center”.

  13. agraham999 says:

    Personally I’m offended whenever they build a Catholic Church near a school.

    But to many shoppers of Burlington Coat Factory, it truly was hallowed ground to them…and this Community Center is a desecration to every American who cares about a large assortment of current, high-quality, designer and name-brand merchandise at up to 60% less than other department stores. Choose from a large selection of coats, clothing, and shoes for the entire family. And don’t forget our great assortment of linens and home décor, PLUS everything you need for baby, from baby bottles to cribs! Burlington Coat Factory — a convenient one-stop shopping experience with the labels you love, at prices you’ll love even more!

    Think of the children…and their outerware needs!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/11/stewart-takes-on-ground-z_n_678224.html

  14. millrick says:

    hey Boing Boing
    more Muslim guest bloggers please!

  15. Notary Sojac says:

    Looking forward to the “30 Churches in 30 Days” tour of Saudi.

    • Anonymous says:

      Notary Sojac, I’m not a muslim and that’s a mean-spirited and irrelevant comment. These guys don’t live in Saudi Arabia, they are Americans living in America. There is separation of religion and the state here thanks to the founding fathers. That’s why WE ARE ALL here: freedom and opportunity! The pilgrims came because there was not enough freedom in Christian England, and there was lots of land to settle. There are muslims who leave muslim countries and become americans for the same reasons. And apologizes to our native americans citizens who are the only ones who were here to begin with. If you’re proud of America then be proud of that americans (these guys) can practice their faith in freedom, why diss their faith by association?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Sojac,

      You’ve been consistently sub-pontine lately. If you want to stop sniping and go back to participating in discussions, let me know.

    • mindysan33 says:

      I fail to see what Saudi Arabia has to do with this…

    • Felton says:

      I hope you’re not suggesting that Saudi Arabia should be our gold standard of religious tolerance.

  16. Felton says:

    It looks like the building is operating mainly as a mosque now, and the community center facilities haven’t been finished yet. If anyone knows more about this, feel free to correct or elaborate!

  17. mindysan33 says:

    I thought this was genius last year, and this is even more so. I look forward to reading this as the month goes along!

  18. agates says:

    Great

    I guess the “Christian Summer Camp Tour” posting is next?

    Sigh…I just can’t figure out why a bunch of sexist people kneeling and talking to themselves warrants attention?

    • Brainspore says:

      I guess the “Christian Summer Camp Tour” posting is next?

      Furthermore, I demand that every post having to do with gay rights is balanced by one post about straight people and every mention of steampunk is accompanied with an example of sensible postwar modernism.

    • gravytop says:

      Oh come on, don’t you get it yet? Sexist and intolerant subcultures, as long as they are despised by the Palin/Teabag/Militia types, are guests of honor amongst snarkular humanists. (I come here for the links to pop culture tidbits — certainly not for any principled or coherent postings on politics or religion… )

      • Felton says:

        That’s a diverse group of over a billion people you’re calling a “sexist and intolerant subculture.”

      • Brainspore says:

        (I come here for the links to pop culture tidbits — certainly not for any principled or coherent postings on politics or religion… )

        And yet you feel compelled to comment on them anyway.

        • gravytop says:

          Well, don’t know if I feel compelled to comment… but I did comment, true enough. I think you’re trying to make a point, but that even you aren’t quite sure what that point is.

          • Brainspore says:

            The point is: you’ll have a happier time on the internet if you just skip over the stuff that doesn’t interest you.

          • gravytop says:

            I’m quite happy reading opinions that I disagree with, and also happy to state my opinions when I feel like it. My guess is that you’re the one who finds such abrasive things disagreeable…

          • snakedart says:

            “That you find it stupid that I find the need to call this stupid is frankly stupid, but it’s not stupid for me to point out that stupidity.”

            He already mated you three moves ago, sir. The game is over.

          • gravytop says:

            Hall monitor alert!

          • Brainspore says:

            That’s fine as long as you’re not joining agates in his earlier “why does this blog have posts about X but not about Y” rant.

    • Chrs says:

      I certainly hope so! That would be a pretty dang interesting set of articles, I bet.

    • sum.zero says:

      didn’t the prop 8 supporters just trot out an argument about the need for marriage to protect all the poor little women? oh yes, they did:

      Sam Schulman, writing in the Christian Science Monitor rests his opposition to Judge Walker’s decision on the need to protect women:

      “What protects women, ultimately, is that marriage laws and customs confer upon her independence something extra — dignity, protection, sacredness — that others must respect. And if this quality can be bestowed upon anyone, even those not in intersexual relationships — it reduces, even dissolves its force… We are merely voicing a sensible desire to preserve an institution that recognizes and protects the special status of women. If marriage becomes a legislative courtesy available to everyone, like a key to the city, it will be women who will lose.”

      https://secure.deseretnews.com/article/700055364/Proposition-8-overturned-Responses-from-other-dissenters.html

    • teapot says:

      Sigh…I just can’t figure out why a bunch of sexist people kneeling and talking to themselves warrants attention?

      I couldn’t agree more. DESTROY CAPITOL HILL!

    • Talia says:

      Way to make sweeping generalizations, bub.

      Maybe when people quit with the raging bigotry regarding all things Muslim (here I’m refering to all the protesting and whatnot, not your comment), then such posts won’t be of interest. There’s a huge, HUGE about of ignorance regarding Islam and Muslims festering. As much as Americans have proven time and again we love being ignorant doofuses, there’s merit in making posts such as this to enlighten the few who aren’t hell-bent on believing whatever they feel like.

  19. n0ctum says:

    You’re being fooled. This imperialistic religion will be our doom.

    • Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

      Which one?

      Personally, I can think of several imperialistic religions that could doom us. Maybe I’m just more creative.

    • jjasper says:

      Just like Muslims in Malaysia and Indonesia doom the predominantly non-Muslim Singapore? Oh, wait, they don’t. Outside of trade squabbles, they get along just fine.

      Try having some actual understanding of real world Islam, rather than the bullspit you read on right wing hate sites.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Goddam Middle Eastern religious fanatics who come to civilization and impose their barbaric ideas on our enlightened culture. And goddam Emperor Constantine for letting them in. The next thing you know they’ll be converting our basilicas and building churches where our brave soldiers have died so many times to protect the Temple of Iuppiter Optimus Maximus.

    • Felton says:

      Well, Christianity didn’t end up destroying the world. I can only be so worried about Islam. :-P

  20. mindysan33 says:

    WAIT!!! Now I have a bit of a theological question! Now, apparently, some folks are excluded from the daily fasting — young children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, etc. If I’m not mistaken, this includes travelers… does this mean you guys won’t have to fast while going from state to state, or am I wrong on travelers not having to fast?

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d assume he’s taking traveling to mean 7th century desert trekking level shit, so this sort of thing doesn’t quite qualify. Or that just because he isn’t required to doesn’t mean he can’t, whatever.

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