September 13th, 2010
05:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Moore: 'Separate the emotion' from Islamic center reaction

 Michael Moore said Monday that Americans should ‘separate the emotion’ from their thoughts on a planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero.
Michael Moore said Monday that Americans should ‘separate the emotion’ from their thoughts on a planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero.

(CNN) - Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said Monday that Americans ought to form objective opinions about the planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero because they risk coming out on the wrong side of history if they don't.

"We have to separate the emotion from it because sometimes if we just let emotion take over and run things, the wrong decisions get made," Moore told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.

"We always seem to get it wrong at first, whether that was with slavery, killing Indians, women not voting," Moore added. "We're not very good at the beginning of these things, we're really great though as we move along. "

The full interview will air Monday in the 6 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday indicates nearly two-thirds of Americans-63 percent-do not believe it is "appropriate" to build the proposed Islamic center, known as Park51, several blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan. Just 28 percent of Americans believe it is right to build the center there.

Moore attributed the poll results to a fearful American public.

"We live in a nation where sadly, people listen to things [and] they get afraid very easily," Moore said.

The filmmaker penned an open letter on his website Saturday insisting that he doesn't want the community center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero, but rather on Ground Zero.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Larry

    I really like Michael Moore

    A REAL American ...

    Thanks Mike ...

    September 13, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Stephen

    I can't understand this! We are in America, right? Did our history teach US anything? Slavery, rounding up and killing innocent Indians because of a few radicals. And let US not forget abut the Japanese Americans we took from their homes and placed them in concentration camps regardless of thier innocence.

    Now we prevent Americans from building a place of worship and peace

    September 13, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Stephen

    I can't understand this! We are in America, right? Did our history teach US anything? Slavery, rounding up and killing innocent Indians because of a few radicals. And let US not forget abut the Japanese Americans we took from their homes and placed them in concentration camps regardless of thier innocence.

    Now we prevent Americans from building a place of worship and peace? It makes a clear message around the world. It would also offer some to the thousands impacted.

    Protect all of our rights! The Jewish, Baptist, Catholic, Muslim, Lutheran and many others.

    September 13, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. barry

    Michael, separate yourself from the American public. Nobody except for a few of the left in the socialist party want to hear from you.

    September 13, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. bfranklin

    I think he needs to separate cupcakes from his diet. Yikes. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade here we come!!!
    This guy is soooo yesterday it's not funny, Another has been trying to stay relevant.

    September 13, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. The incompetent Barrack Hussien Obama

    Why doesn't M Moore just plain shut up?

    Go on a diet for peet's sake.

    Michael Moore likes to tell others what to think and how to live, well, you know where he can go!

    September 13, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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