The Proposed Mosque Near Ground Zero
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It's Patriot Day, the anniversary of Black Tuesday, the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 (9-11). Eleven years later, I still feel the need to say something about it, suggesting that on some level I am still not "over it" and probably never will be. But looking back at what I've written about it over the years, there definitely is a progression of sorts. Here's some of what I've wr ...
The muslim community in Murfreesboro, TN ( ICMTN ) has been trying to build a mosque for several years now, in the face of vicious Islamophobic opposition from locals who have repeatedly insisted that Islam is not a religion but a political cult and that the mosque represents the vanguard of some bogeyman invasion of Shari'a and terrorists. It would be laughable if not for the fact that the ...
Ground Zero Mosque Opens for Business Posted by Ryan Mauro Bio ↓ on Sep 21st, 2011 On September 21 at 6:30 PM, the Ground Zero Mosque will open its doors to show a photo exhibit in its community space. Park51 is hoping to discourage its opponents by declaring an early victory in spite of its recent embarrassments and setbacks. This grand opening does not mean that the fight i ...
[caption id="attachment_1485" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="My henna tattoo from the pre-wedding festivities."] [/caption] In July, I attended my first Muslim wedding, and it was an unforgettable occasion. The bride has been a good friend of mine for almost a decade, and in that time I’ve heard about the ups and downs of halal dating and the quest for the right mate. She came close to ...
Ten years after the horrific attacks of 9/11, the remains of those murdered that day are still being identified. Thanks to the use of DNA, authorities have now identified another victim from Ground Zero. Ernest James worked with professional services company Marsh & McLennan on the upper levels of the North Tower. The company lost more than 360 employees and consultants that day. The N ...
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