Debate over Islamic Center near Ground Zero


Plans to build an Islamic community center near New York City’s World Trade Center site, where almost 3,000 people died in the terrorist attack carried out by radical Islamists on September 11, 2001, continue to cause debate. Opponents of the project claim that opening an Islamic center on that spot would dishonor the memory of victims of the World Trade Center attacks. Proponents of the center, however, explain that it will be open to people of all faiths and is not exclusively a religious facility; they also emphasize the importance of distinguishing the majority of Muslims from the radical Islamists who perpetrated the attacks.

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