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August 26, 2010
I believe that Ground Zero at the World Trade Center is sacred for all Americans — Christians, Jews, Muslims and those of many other faiths, or no faith — because those who died there on 9/11 included all of the aforementioned — all victims of radical terrorism. Somehow the current furor over the building of an Islamic Cultural Center and mosque at Park51 ignores this fact, and ignores that there are worship places of other faiths nearby. Ground Zero is no less sacred for Muslims than it is for Americans of any faith.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
Leaders of the Dar-us-Salaam community in College Park have been looking for years for a new home, a place for a school and a mosque close enough to be convenient for members living in several counties. They've scouted hundreds of spots and looked closely at a handful, and now they think they've found what they've been looking for in the rural western section of Howard County.  The 66-acre former home of the Woodmont Academy, a Catholic school in Cooksville, looks just right to the Muslim community leadership, with buildings already in place and plenty of undeveloped land for parking and a new mosque to accommodate thousands of worshippers in the decades to come.
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NEWS
August 23, 2010
There is no question as to whether or not to allow a mosque near Ground Zero - the Constitution itself makes it very clear that no law may be passed in this country infringing on anyone's religious freedom, no matter what that religion may be. And any "American" opposing religious freedom has no business living in this great country. The people leading the fight against Muslims in this country, especially those right-wing gasbags Sarah Palin and her "mama grizzlies", are giving aid and comfort to our enemies.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Police investigating a fatal shooting at a megachurch near Atlanta confirmed that their suspect is the man who pleaded guilty in a shooting at a Northwest Baltimore mosque in 2001. Floyd Lester Palmer, 51, entered a chapel at World Changers Church International in College Park, Ga., on Wednesday and shot Greg McDowell, 39, according to Fulton County police. Palmer waived two chances to go before a judge, the Fulton County sheriff's department said, and will have his first hearing next month.
NEWS
August 25, 2010
As I understand it, the reason for opposition to Muslims building a center containing a mosque near Ground Zero, one of the sites where attacks were made on the United States, is because Muslims were responsible for the attacks. What I am unable to understand is why the opponents are not against the removal of all buildings containing mosques in the United States. Howard Caplan, Baltimore
NEWS
August 26, 2010
Initially it was simply amusing that those proudly sporting the slogan 'Freedom isn't Free' could, at the same time, want to restrict others' freedom of religion: witness the furor over the Muslim community center in New York. But now it's simply absurd; many of your readers seem willfully bent on miseducating themselves and anyone who will listen. Protesting against the community center/mosque because it is initiated by Muslims makes about as much sense as not flying the airline which carried the terrorists that fateful 9/11.
NEWS
August 6, 2010
The Baltimore Sun's editorial board seems to think Newt Gingrich's opposition to the ground zero mosque is a minority position ("Freedom and religion," editorial, Aug. 5). However, New Yorkers oppose the "Cordoba House" mosque by a whopping 61-26 percent. New York City residents are 56-33 percent against, suburban residents, 66-21 percent against, and up-staters are 64-21 percent against (Siena College survey). Surely, The Sun can't be suggesting that the majority of New Yorkers who live in a city with over 100 mosques, are, as they characterized the former Speaker, "anti-Muslim"?
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2010
Even in last week's steamy heat, I got the same chill I always get at Ground Zero. The immensity of the physical and emotional hole left by the 9/11 terrorist attack is hard to imagine from afar — you have to actually be there, looking down into the abyss. But the other thing that's hard to imagine from afar is how the sanctity of the site has nothing to do with anything around it. Even two blocks away. That is where the so-called Ground Zero mosque is supposed to be built. So-called because it can no more be considered the "Ground Zero mosque" than, say, the existing New York Dolls Gentlemen's Club one more block away could be considered the "Ground Zero Gentlemen's Club.
NEWS
August 24, 2010
Eighty years ago, a courageous teacher urged my mother to leave West Virginia to attend nursing school in Baltimore. That teacher feared that my mother could never achieve her dream of becoming a registered nurse if she tried to pursue it in the West Virginia of the l930s. My mother's parents were immigrants from Southern Italy, and despite owning their house, working every day and sacrificing a son in the Pacific during World War Two, practicing Catholics were not fully accepted in their community.
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By David H. Schanzer | August 17, 2010
As one who has being studying for several years why homegrown terrorism occurs and how some Muslim Americans become so radicalized, I'm disturbed by the recent controversy over whether to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero. I fear that the controversy may contribute to the next homegrown terrorist attack. To prevent such attacks, we need a tip from someone in the community who knows an individual who is becoming radicalized. We also need to undermine the social conditions that lead to radicalization in the first place.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
Police in Georgia say they are investigating whether the suspect in a deadly shooting at an Atlanta-area megachurch is the same man convicted of chasing down a man and shooting him outside a Northwest Baltimore mosque in 2001. Floyd Lester Palmer, 51, is listed with the same name and birth date in court records from both incidents, which bear striking parallels. Palmer pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in the Maryland shooting - at a mosque where he was a security guard - and was later found not criminally responsible.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
Baltimore County police are investigating a "possible bias incident" after a rock was thrown through a window of a Muslim community center in the southwest neighborhood of Riverview. Police spokeswoman Detective Cathy Batton said a rear window was reported broken at the Bab E Mustafa Community Center on Hollins Ferry Road between Monday evening and noon Tuesday. The cost to repair the damage was put at $100, she said. She said police were looking into the possibility of bias as a motive chiefly because no other buildings in the area were damaged, and because the person making the complaint said that in the past, young people have shouted slurs at the building during prayer sessions.
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By Ross Singer | October 17, 2011
Since my family's move a year ago from Baltimore to a kibbutz in northern Israel, driving by the growing Arab villages and towns that dot the roads of the Galilee has given me an uneasy feeling. I have so little contact with this ever-increasing population. Who are these non-Jewish neighbors of ours? What do they think about us? Can they accept the notion of a Jewish state as long as their political and human rights are protected? As I drive past their homes and communities, I want to go talk to them and ask them how they feel.
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By Bob Allen | September 21, 2011
The An-Nur mosque, located in a former Dodge/Chrysler dealership showroom on Philadelphia Road, in White Marsh, is austere. There's little about it to draw attention from the street outside. The floor of the mosque's main hall is covered with gray carpet, with strips of duct tape to orient worshipers eastward as they pray. The plain, off-white walls are adorned with nothing more than a few book shelves, a couple of wall clocks and some decorative scripts of Quranic passages. “We try to keep it simple.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2010
Calling on the city's religious institutions to do the work that government cannot, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a new faith-based initiative Thursday aimed at reconnecting congregants at Baltimore's churches, synagogues and mosques with neighborhoods and residents. The "Awaken Baltimore" initiative asks congregants to devote one Thursday or Friday of each month for the next year to engaging the communities surrounding their places of worship through volunteer work.
NEWS
November 10, 2010
For this Muslim, the spirit of Veterans Day brings back an early childhood memory. When I was a boy I entered an Islamic prayers competition at my mosque and was awarded a medal. On it read the words, "I shall be ready to sacrifice my life, wealth, time and honor … for the sake of my country. " This is a pledge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, America's first Muslim ,organization established in 1920. There was no discrepancy between the loyalty I was taught in my mosque and the loyalty I was taught in my elementary school classroom, where each day started with the Pledge of Allegiance.
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By Bob Allen | September 21, 2011
The An-Nur mosque, located in a former Dodge/Chrysler dealership showroom on Philadelphia Road, in White Marsh, is austere. There's little about it to draw attention from the street outside. The floor of the mosque's main hall is covered with gray carpet, with strips of duct tape to orient worshipers eastward as they pray. The plain, off-white walls are adorned with nothing more than a few book shelves, a couple of wall clocks and some decorative scripts of Quranic passages. “We try to keep it simple.
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
Under a printed head scarf and the warm sun, Candice Abdal-Rahim served hundreds of strangers food and drink that she could not sample until sundown. She was observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by fasting and performing an act of charity at the annual Day of Dignity, a national effort organized by Islamic Relief and the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Serving others "makes the day go quicker," said Abdal-Rahim, a city schools administrator. This was the fifth year the Day of Dignity, marked in 22 cities over 10 different weekends, was observed in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 26, 2010
Initially it was simply amusing that those proudly sporting the slogan 'Freedom isn't Free' could, at the same time, want to restrict others' freedom of religion: witness the furor over the Muslim community center in New York. But now it's simply absurd; many of your readers seem willfully bent on miseducating themselves and anyone who will listen. Protesting against the community center/mosque because it is initiated by Muslims makes about as much sense as not flying the airline which carried the terrorists that fateful 9/11.
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