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Guest Opinion: The Ground Zero Mosque and Religious Freedom Comments

David Jones, a former Muslim and Iraq veteran, weighs in on the teachings of Islam and the need for dialogue: 'I must publicly speak out in recognition of the Truth I have lived - and to Whom I owe everything. Christ blows our hearts wide open to all of reality.  I believe that as Catholics in America we should support the building of this Islamic Center and mosque. The truth, beauty and goodness of the Catholic faith should ... Continue Reading

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  1. Kelso
    4 years ago

    If I am not mistaken, Cordoba is Arabic for "conquered." So, in Spain, when the Moors invaded and conquered this area they named it Cordoba. Anyone know Arabic?

  2. M Dicicco
    4 years ago


    Please read articles at American Center for Law and Justice and other Christian legal sites for information on this mosque to be built. It is a sensitivity issue.


  3. fr jim t
    4 years ago

    Interesting perspective. Yet, no reference to the Cordoba project (that has now been dropped).
    Many mosques have gone up all over the country, with little or no objection. The difference btw. should and can the mosque be built are entirely separate.
    As one who knows family who have yet to retrieve a single shred of their child killed on 11 Sept., to me, it is at best insensitive & with the storm of controversy surrounding it, it will never be a place of unity & peace.

  4. Marie
    4 years ago

    Thank you for your service defending our country.

    But no thanks for this article. The Imam has warned that if his plans to build the Ground Zero peace mosque do not go through, moslems all over the world would be provoked into violence. They are easily provoked into violence, anyway, whether or not the mosque is built.

    I attended an Extraordinary Form (aka/Tridentine, etc.) Mass last Sunday and the priest's homily zeroed in on the history of September 12's Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. He said it has something to do with Catholic Poland's victory against the invading Islamic Turks in Vienna (?) in the 1?th century with the help of the Blessed Mother. You've got to be a really dense Catholic to believe that the Islam is a friend of the Church. St. Francis tried to dialogue with them to no avail. More recently, Pope John Paul II was nearly assassinated in Manila by Islamic terrorists when he was there for World Youth Day. For Pope Benedict's out-of-context misquoted Regensburg address, one nun died. The only innocents in Islamic eyes are the Moslems themselves; everyone else is an infidel and must convert or be killed.

    I'd rather we avoid enemies than tolerate them. Sorry.

  5. Suzette
    4 years ago

    Let's rebuild the Greek Orthodox Church that was actually there.....instead of focusing on something that wasn't there.

    This is all political which is why the church can't be rebuilt but a mosque can.
    How does that show political tolerance and freedom?

    It shows favoritism to Islam and forces a muslim area in a place where it isn't wanted by the people.

  6. Per Finsaas
    4 years ago

    Yes: great article. Peter the Great, Russia's great moderniser, built St. Petersburg as a window on Europe. Let the New York mosque be a window on freedom and tolerance: an opening in the closed system.

  7. jp
    4 years ago

    it for them to struggle how to explain to the US population why they have to built it. we catholic do explain to non catholic that not all our priest are pedophiles and no body help us on that....

  8. John SA
    4 years ago

    I second that Bulbajer. It's a well balanced article that truly reflects the beauty of our Catholic Faith with regards to respecting other religions. Such articles should always be published to inspire. Praise be to God always!

  9. Nino Baldino
    4 years ago

    The ruling class media has created the impression that this proposed house of worship and study will be the first in all of NYCity..this is..well,kinda wrong! There are over 100 mosques already in the big apple so 'tolerance' etc is not the word to use in this case at all.Notice how its all one sided..if one opposes yet another one,one is therefor a 'bigot,rascist,whatever 'phobia' etc etc. The book, Islam Unveiled,by Dr.Robert Morey is the way to go.He outlines the beliefs of this 'religion' and also the life story of its founder,,which is,if one has any values what so ever..shocking to say the many wives,one younger then 10 etc etc..This 'religion 'was the first to invade Africa and make slaves of its people there..

  10. TJ
    4 years ago

    The fact that the Imam and those behind the building of the mosque won't respond to reason and withdraw their plans to put the mosque at Ground Zero, inspite of the fact that it obviously is creating more grief and pain than dialogue and understanding, tells us all we need to know about their true agenda. This is not about building bridges and dialogue--it is about conqest.

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