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American Opinion: On the proposed mosque near ground zero in New York

From The Associated Press

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

On the proposed mosque near ground zero in New York:

The controversy over the proposed mosque near ground zero offers an opportunity to see the protections of our Constitution, but perhaps more important, to see that the people believe in these protections.

Our system is by no means perfect; indeed a recent stabbing attack on a New York City cab driver who answered in the affirmative when asked if he was Muslim shows that hate is very much a part of our society.

The mosque issue is a very emotional one, stirring memories of the 9/11 attacks that killed 2,752 people. ...

Unfortunately, many people associate those behind the attacks with all of Islam, instead of with an extremist group.

Al-Qaida is no more representative of Islam than the man who stabbed the cab driver is of American society, but politicians have been conflating the two; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich even suggested that building the mosque is akin to putting a Nazi sign next to the Holocaust Museum. ...

A coalition of supporters of the mosque that included families of 9/11 victims rallied recently at a municipal building near ground zero. ...

It says something important and wonderful about our country that people who are so strongly opposed to building the mosque still believe that the developers have the right to go ahead with the project.

It is yet more amazing that some of the families of 9/11 victims support the project. ...

-- The Oneonta (N.Y.) Daily Star