September 11th, 2010
01:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Build Islamic center on Ground Zero, says Moore

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(CNN) – Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is weighing in on the proposed Islamic Community Center in New York City, stirring the the pot by saying he doesn't want it to be built near Ground Zero but rather on Ground Zero.

"I want it built on Ground Zero. Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice," Moore writes in an open letter on his website. "I believe in an America that says you have the right to worship whatever God you have, wherever you want to worship.

"And I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you," he added.

The filmmaker is also urging his supporters to contribute money to help fund the controversial project and is pledging to match up to $10,000 in donations.

"C'mon everyone, let's pitch in and help those who are being debased for simply wanting to do something good. We could all make a huge statement of love on this solemn day," Moore writes.

The religious leader behind the plans to erect an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York's ground zero told CNN Wednesday night that America's national security depends on how it handles the controversy.

"If we move from that location, the story will be the radicals have taken over the discourse," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told CNN's Soledad O'Brien on "Larry King Live."

"The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack."

The project, known as Park51, is slated to include a variety of facilities, including a prayer room, a performing arts center, gym, swimming pool and other public spaces. It is planned for a site two blocks from the World Trade Center.


Filed under: Michael Moore
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Death Panel Sarah

    Muslims did NOT attack America on Sept.11 ....
    Terrorists did!!!
    It's Ok to have a strip club there...that doesn't desecrate the memory.....but a Mosque???

    September 11, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. ehwilson429

    Moore's entire life has been a lie. he claims he's from Flint, MI that's a lie.
    he's a trust fund baby from Davison, MI.

    he's now a hollywood leftist extremist.

    September 11, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. BL The Conservative

    I say that we start boycotting this radical far left liberals films, as a matter of fact I am going to start a petition on the web, lets see how much money he can match after his films TANK!!!!!!!! Oh Yeah Southern White Boy here watch me rumble. I have had it with this jerk.

    September 11, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Doyle Wiley, MI

    As usual Mr Moore is on target.

    September 11, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. stephen

    "...a loving and generous people..."? How about a gullible people Mr. Moore?

    Somehow, Mr. Moore thinks that our 'tolerance' will transcend all cultures, religions and history of peoples. Guess again!

    September 11, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. jim

    Only someone with twisted logic would come up with this bull to justify building the mosque at ground zero. MIchael Moore has tasted the kool-aid and likes it.

    September 11, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. larry buchas

    No Michael,

    Two blocks away is good enough. The Islamic Community Center will have a memorial tribute to the victims of 9/11. For that reason, they deserve our support.

    To the families and friends of the victims of 9/11, may we honor and cherish the memories by becoming Americans again.

    Remember, "United we stand."

    September 11, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Glenn Koons

    Oh sure, this socialist leftist doofus has the moral suasion to convince America to build this blasphemy on Ground Zero because of his perverted views on freedom.Yipe. Leftists are just dunderheads.

    September 11, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Chris

    I like Michael Moore and think that what he does in his films exposing politicians for who they really are republican or democrat is a great thing and no one does it better than him.
    I agree with him that being american gives you the right to worship whatever farce of a religion you want to worship...... HOWEVER i do believe his suggestions to build a mosque right on ground zero is a little bit tasteless. I understand the point he is trying to make and i know he is not serious about wanting to build it there but still...

    September 11, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Leah

    There WAS a Mosque/prayer room IN the Twin Towers
    Read the article at The New York Times N.Y. Religion section titled
    Muslims and Islam Were Part of Twin Towers’ Life

    September 11, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Joe in NJ

    Once again anti-American Michael Moore puts his foot in his big fat mouth.

    September 11, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Right again you are, Mr. Moore. Could not have said it better myself. God Bless America. Somewhere, Thomas Jefferson is smiling.

    September 11, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. moore

    except it wasn't stolen at Ground Zero, it was stolen in the Middle East back in the 80s. Can't this guy just have a heart attack and die already?

    September 11, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. DaveinDenver

    Wow, this guy must really be missing the spotlight. Maybe he should work on an obesity project from his mansion that was paid for with all that nasty money he made in this evil capitalist system. He has the right to express his opinion, however brainless it may be.

    September 11, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. keeth in california

    Yet another ego maniac. There was already a place for muslims to pray in the WTC before 9/11, in the south tower on the 17th floor. Let's just give it a rest.

    September 11, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Jeremy Richardson

    Michael Moore is a traitor to this country.

    September 11, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. hoosier voter

    Such a plan will never happen.

    But it would take American forgiveness to its highest and most reverential level– and begin a purging of animosities between Muslims and their critics, the like of which no one likely could ever match. 🙂

    September 11, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Spud

    Maybe they should build it in the massive folds of fat on his belly.

    September 11, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Joseph Agunbiade

    May be Americans can use this moment to be truly religious. By being true believers we can tell which side we are with God. Rather than stirring bigotry and religious politicking. And I say it now, in few years to come non Christians may be outnumbering the devout/nominal Christians in America. God is a spirit. Believers must worship Him in spirit and in truth ( John 4: 24).

    September 11, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I agree with his insights and sentiments on this one...
    I can't wait to read the "logical and reasoned" hate filled rhetoric in response to a truly patriotic respect for what are supposed to be the true and core American values.

    September 11, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. the real ib

    This clown needs to just SHUT UP. He is a disgrace to mankind. I wonder what he would be saying if one of his family members had died there.

    September 11, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Bill

    "The religious leader behind the plans to erect an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York's ground zero told CNN Wednesday night that America's national security depends on how it handles the controversy". See how they play us like fools?? Sorry Michael, can't agree w you on this one.

    September 11, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Dave

    I like Moore, but this is by far the dumbest thing he has ever done.

    September 11, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. I'm shocked!

    Yawn. Nothing to see here. Just the same nonsense from the usual suspects. Move along folks.

    September 11, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. GeminiTwo

    He is insignificant. Why does the press give a forum to the hollywood types. His opinion is no more or no less important than every other citizen in this country. Do you see them on the front page of the news? It's the press that promotes this stuff.

    September 11, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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