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

Build Islamic center on Ground Zero, says Moore

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Moore is urging supporters to help fund the planned controversial Islamic Center near Ground Zero."]
(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.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. doug

    If a bunch of christians would have came out in support of the Mosque then can bet that every Democrat like Moore would then be against it. They always hated every religion prior to 9/11, what changed?

    Sorry libs you don't have an ally in Islam, Most Muslims are peaceful good hearted people, they are different from you.

    September 11, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Bless the USA!!

    Today I am having feelings like I had when I was a little kid in grade school in the late forties, and we stood before the flag and stated the pledge. Over the last approx 20 years, I have watched a great evil take over the institutions that made this country great. Men whose only goal is power and wealth for them and for their circle of fellow evil-doers. From Enron to the Gnomes of Wall Street, people who are , in fact, traitors to this country; plotting and lying and stealing everywhere that their slimy trails go. But today, I realized with the free speech
    that is our right (no slime appointed judges GIVE us this right ... it is ours by birth in the greatest nation on earth), we will WIN. We CAN again be the nation of the Eisenhowers and others rather than the swill like the Reagans and other corporate boot lickers.

    God bless America! Indivisible with justice and liberty for ALL!!

    September 11, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. guest

    You have to feel sorry for Moore. He does anything he can to keep his name in print.

    September 11, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |

    Ignore this self-obsessed, obnoxious publicity seeker. He reeks with odious contempt for anything that is good and virtuous, while celebrating the murderers of 3000 Americans. He's worse than the WH party crashers and the balloon boy's father.

    September 11, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Richard

    I'm confused, If this is a community center, why would Islam be under attack if they moved it a few blocks away? Secondly, if it is moved, the radicals win because they have taken over the discourse? Sounds a little like doublespeak when you chastise one crazy guy who wants to burn a couple of Qurans for fear of what radicals will do...

    September 11, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. C W

    I never dreamed that I would ever say this on any subject....I agree with Michael Moore.

    September 11, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Katy Hill

    They need to stand up for themselves and take their religion back! I'm sick of helping them olny to listen to them whine about corruption, blame America for every faiure. If they want world respect they need to start marching and protest the killing of their own by their own. Moslems have killed more Moslems than anyone else. They are at war with themselves in at least a dozen countries. Where is their anger at acid in the face of young girls that want an education. Where are the world wide protests against the Taliban by "good" Moslems.

    September 11, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. barry

    Well that's proof it shouldn't be done. Michael Moore is a fat liar that hates America. He is a fine example of a liberal nut job. Michael Moore's thought process is exactly the same as Obama, Pelosi, Biden and really Reid. Reid is trying to hide his true beliefs to get re elected. These people have all but ruined our country and won't rest until they do. November can't get here soon enough.

    September 11, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. John

    Moore is an idiot.

    September 11, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. CedarRapids

    You arent helping michael, sigh.

    September 11, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. cryuncle

    I agree with Mr. Moore. It's all about the symbolism with these religious fanatics. Take away the fuel and the fire dies out. Any attempt to limit religious liberties in our country is a win for the bad guys.

    September 11, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. AndyBlue

    Go Michael! I really dont care where the Mosque is but the extremists and their hatefulness towards the Muslim community is a complete disgrace.

    These people are egged on by Beck, Palin and the rest of the wing-nuts.

    What can you say, Their leaders bring out the best in them. Pure Hatred.

    It carries over to Blacks, Gays, Mexicans and anyone else that isn't a white christian.

    Such hate filled people.

    September 11, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. jimbo

    Moore is a far left radical who is too much of a nit wit to see that these Mosque fanatics are planning to rub this mosque in our face as radical Islamists do when they are trying to appear dominant. The name Corboda means domination-- at the sight of so many tragic deaths . This is NOT about religion..its about jihad and planning a staging area for it in America. Moore should be drummed out of the USA – hes a disgrace, Let him go and live in a Muslim country if he loves them so much..see how long he lasts... He does not , nor has he EVER, represented the will of the American people.

    September 11, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. La Piovra

    He has a valid point, but his saying it just might be more pot-stirring. I can hardly wait to see the vitriol that will surely erupt in this column and elsewhere, though I devoutly wish it wouldn't.

    September 11, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Denis

    Michael Moore is becoming increasingly irrelevant and predictable. Whenever there is a prominent news item he tries to get attention by throwing himself into the middle of it with open hostility to the majority of Americans. His last book about the superior healthcare system in Cuba was a joke. When his weight problem and lack of fitness becomes a medical emergency, I wonder if he will fly off to Cuba for treatment at one of the people's hospitals.

    September 11, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Paul Thompson

    Michael is an i d i o t ...

    Has he ever read a book about theology?

    September 11, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Bill

    I agree wholeheartedly.

    September 11, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Annie, Atlanta

    "The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries." James Madison

    Republicans stirring up fear and hate to gain seats in Congress is unconscionable. When did it become ok for our elected representatives to publicly attack us, whether we be Muslims, people out of work, on Social Security and Medicate, etc.? They truly have no decency left.

    September 11, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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