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.


Filed under: issues • Michael Moore • Religion • The Situation Room
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. catfishjoe

    Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) - Two Iranian grand ayatollahs issued fatwas calling for the killing of those who insult the Koran, including anyone who burns the Islamic holy book, the state-run Fars news agency reported.

    September 13, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. catfishjoe

    "We live in a nation where sadly, people listen to things [and] they get afraid very easily," Moore said. I agree, when I heard those twin towers fall, I was scard ot death.

    September 13, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    1st of all...it is a propaganda tool to use against the extremist Muslims to build a brand new state of the art Mosque in NYC 2.5 blocks from ground zero. Secondly you hateful lunatics need to understand the hijackers were radical Saudi's...not tied to any official religious institution. David Koresh, Jim Jones and other wackjob psycho's called themselves Christians but in reality they were just lunatics, not part of any organized legitimate religion. Finally it does more harm than good to our international war against radical recruitments. We are in a political war of propaganda for hearts and minds. Get a clue.

    September 13, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. JES

    You stir up trouble more than Jackson and Sharpton put together.

    The only thing you have done for this country is nothing but create more trouble.

    September 13, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. word dude

    I wonder why Michael Moore is always on the wrong side of the issues? Actually he's the perfect lefty socialist - a big, fat, useless idiot who expects everyone else to take care of him. He obviously can't take care of his own bloated corpulence, which can lead to all kinds of related health issues for us to pay for through Obamacare.

    Socialism is the worst thing that could happen to this country - which is why fatty Moore is all for it.

    September 13, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Reality Check (No longer a Democrat)

    Mr. Moore, you don't get it. This mosque thing is the reason most people are angry with the Dem and Obama and want him out in 2012. You are all living in the high class world and don't know how mad we are about this issue. I was a big fan of the Dem. I just don't see how anyone with the right mind would say its ok to build a mosque or islamic center at ground zero after what happenned. It should not be anywhere near that place no matter what the purpose is period. Not even five blocks.

    What I was expecting from the Dem to say was, they have the right to build, but it is not the right thing to do at that place period. Too difficult to say for a party that cares only about votes.

    September 13, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. John Hennessy Black

    Me & U Mike; all the way!

    You probably make too much sense for most of the hateful & intolerant Christians in America though...

    September 13, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. the real ib

    This idiot will not shut up. If he doesn't like this country then leave. You won't be missed.

    September 13, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Dr. J

    Fear is a real and present psychological force and driver. Emotion is its result. Unfortunately too many politicians and other public figures play to it instead of trying to allay it. It's a lowest common denominator and has been abused way to long. Humans are still animals at heart. Sad but true.

    September 13, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. kat Nanton

    Wolf–what a coward you were not to bring up that muslims desecrate the Bible continually and don't even allow you to have one or you are jailed. You are a lily livered coward and you let Michael spew crap without correcting him.

    September 13, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. sara

    "Just 28% of Americans believe it is right to build the mosque"..........Which country is? It's a Fake Country and the World Now knows.

    September 13, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Mark

    And Moores left wing socialist agenda is not separate?

    September 13, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Ted

    Don't hang the word liberal on this clown. He is as far wacko left wing as the Tea Partiers are far wacko right wing. And who cares what this buffoon thinks? Not I.

    September 13, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. bennie new york

    I don't need to separate emotion from this issue. My emotion is that we need to treat Muslims like citizens of our country and not like members of some fascist group. Al-Qaeda killed 3000 people on American soil, not Islam.

    September 13, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  15. Augsbee

    Oh wow, the uncultured, uneducated, anti capitalism, rich, con man Michael Moore has spoken. When will he turn this into another money making gimmick for himself?

    September 13, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Debby

    A radical siding with a radical. Michael Moore will condemn former Pres. Bush for the killing of fighting American soldiers in Iraq, but not condemn the radicals that flew into the Twin Towers. Does this man every like his own country that he makes millions off of.

    September 13, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. jim

    Michael Moore doesn't reflect the views of average Americans so he ought to quit acting as though he does.Most of those from Hollywood think they are the ones that are super smart and the rest of us are idiots. Big loser !!!!

    September 13, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. New Age Independant

    "We live in a nation where sadly, people listen to things [and] they get afraid very easily," He should know with the propaganda garbage that he creates. He epitomizes the liberal wacko perfectly. To put a mosque on ground zero is a spit in the face to every American. Such is the liberal way...

    September 13, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. AZ Dem

    Moore's got a point... as much as it may be salt in the wound for the families to have a mosque in the vicinity its not acceptable in my opinion to have them choose another site. These are AMERICANS wanting to build a community and worship center and they have every right to do it. Unfortunately the anti-Islam sentiment is running rampand in our country and its only fueling the Islamic extremists in their hate for our country. The families will have a memorial center built in their loved ones memory and since this mosque ISN'T actually at ground zero this debate has gone further than it ever should have and if I were the Imam I wouldn't choose a different location...if he does then it will set a precedent that Islam isn't as accepted in this country as other religions and that CAN NEVER be the case.

    September 13, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Michael is right. Actually he is one of the REAL patriots in this country, not the lying cowards who are the GOP!

    September 13, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. jules sand-perkins

    Now we know why Michael Moore is so fat: he doesn't understand the power and validity of emotions.
    If Mr. Moore would admit and then deal with his own emotions instead of escaping them through addiction to food, he would gain a healthy, normal appearance.

    September 13, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Hang it up, Moore!

    " . . . . Americans . . . do not believe it is "appropriate" to build the proposed Islamic center . . . "

    What is it about "appropriate" that Moore doesn't understand? Oh, that's right . . . EVERYTHING!

    And who considers Moore an expert on American history? Oh, that's right . . . NOBODY!

    September 13, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Fed Up

    Go make another documentary Michael.

    September 13, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Right Leaning Independent

    Lets separate the moron Moore from the Islamic center reaction!

    September 13, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Get A Grip

    This guy is nothing but a waste of air and space that will do anything for attention. I get so tried of his insults and his hate for this country. He just needs to find a hole, crawl in it and stay there and by doing so making millions and millions of people happy.

    September 13, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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