Park51 “Mosque”: Panelist Discussion

Posted on August 23rd, 2010 | Filed under Faith and Politics, InterViews, Video

This week's Panelist Discussion centers on the proposed Park51 community center in Lower Manhattan, often known as the "Ground Zero Mosque." We invite you to join in the discussion with our panelists, using this video as a basis for it.

Response by Hafsa Kanjwal: It is imperative that we understand the backlash against the Ground Zero Mosque (now renamed Park 51 in hopes to alleviate some of the criticism) in the context of Islamophobia. It is nothing less than that, and even amidst hearing critics say that they find the building of this mosque “offensive”--there is an underlying sentiment that indeed, Islam is offensive. The way this issue has been politicized is not shocking, but it is disappointing. Read more here.

Response by C. Nikole Saulsberry: There are always two sides of a story; that is a journalistic given. But more often than not, media outlets today hyper-polarize the opposing sides of every religion story to further instigate the detrimental idea that faith is exclusive and inherently combative.  And we can see this here, in the seemingly unbiased CBS News video. Read more here.

One Response to “Park51 “Mosque”: Panelist Discussion”

  1. Look around. Look at what is happening. It’s a test! In the 60’s it was black and white. What was our perception? What side were we on? How will we be judged? What are we going to do now? Turn the fire hoses on the Muslims? Burn their holy books? Tell them they can’t build their house in Manhattan? This is America. We don’t need another stain on our history. What is that famous quote by Emma Lazarus? “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” What? Except for the Muslim? These people are tired; they are scared; yearning to breathe free. They have lived in tyranny and they came here to be free. Oh these are trying times indeed. But this truly is an inspiring time in American history. What if we could change our perception of the American Muslim? What if we could focus on similarities, like love of family, neighbor, country. Then maybe we might just all get along better. Will we pass the test?