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What are your thoughts on building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero?

LT_alethia

 

I think that it's ridiculous that people are protesting it and that it's a racist and stereotyping kind of a thing.  Just because certain factions of the Islamic state committed violent acts against Americans it doesn't condemn all the people that are American citizens and have a right to practice their faith. Forgiveness is much more powerful than holding resentment and it would help everybody.
Alethea Hasbrouck
Santa Cruz | PhD Student

 

 

 

LT_robertB

 

It shows poor taste at a point where the issue is quite emotional for most Americans. I think they should have considered a site that was more further off.
Robert Burgio
Santa Cruz | Canvaser

 

 

 

LT_katrina

 

I think that it's too close to the actual site, and I’d rather there be a church there.
Katrina Ortega
Santa Cruz | Massage Therapist

 

 

 

 

LT_patR

 

I don't think it's a problem at all. We are a free country and it's not a fear thing for me; it shows that we are obeying our constitution, we have freedom of choice to worship the way we please and I know a lot about the Imam. From all that I've read I think he is a very honest man and I think he truly wants peace.
Pat Raines
Santa Cruz | Retired

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