Aug. 5, 2010
A group of Jewish activists and community leaders voiced their support for a planned mosque near ground zero and said opponents, including the nation’s leading Jewish civil rights group, are perpetuating misunderstandings about Islam.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, of the Philadelphia-based Shalom Center, joined about 30 other religious leaders and Jewish activists Thursday at the spot where the Cordoba Initiative hopes to build an Islamic center that will include a mosque, an athletic center, a culinary school and art studios. Waskow says the mosque will help people learn more about Islam.
“Whenever there has been bloodshed allegedly in the name of one tradition or another, it’s necessary to say, ’That’s not what that tradition is about,’” Waskow, 76, said. “The Cordoba Initiative will keep saying that is not what Islam is about.”
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Big-name Republicans including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have criticized the plan, saying it is provocative for a mosque to be built so close to a spot where Islamic terrorists killed thousands. Former Rep. Rick Lazio, a Republican running for governor of New York, has questioned where funding for the project is coming from.
The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group known for advocating religious freedom, also opposes the project.
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