Local Strippers Totally OK With Ground Zero Mosque
Dismiss 'hallowed ground' claims
By Sarah Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2010 7:51 AM CDT
Pedestrians stop to argue with Abu Rahman, right, Matt Sky, second from right, and Julia Lundy, third from right, as they stand in front of the site of a proposed mosque near ground zero.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Plans to build a mosque near the Ground Zero site in lower Manhattan have stirred outrage far and wide, but for many who work in the neighborhood, it's live and let live. "I don’t know what the big deal is," a stripper from the nearby New York Dolls club told the Wall Street Journal's Metropolis blog. "It’s freedom of religion, you know?" Adds another, who lost eight friends on 9/11, "They’re not building a mosque in the World Trade Center. The people who did it are not going to the mosque."

A patron at a betting parlor on Church Street, a block from the proposed Park51 Islamic center site, agreed that it's a sensitive issue but scoffed at the idea that the area is "hallowed ground," as Sarah Palin and others have suggested. "The bums used to sit right in front of it," he said of the former Burlington Coat Factory store that would house the mosque.

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Aug 23, 2010 9:03 AM CDT
strippers, well im very glad your asking folks with a high morality level my word, thats like asking diebetics what they think about snickers bars
Aug 23, 2010 7:56 AM CDT
This is an open wound for most Americans and will be for a very long time. Since this is such a controversial issue, the proper thing to do is simply put the mosque in a different location. Surely, the Muslims should understand how insensitive this is to mainstream America.
Aug 23, 2010 7:38 AM CDT
Why don't people just say it...Americans don't want Mosques built anywhere, because Islam is a hateful and violent religion whose people despise anyone who does not abide by their Sharia Law. They are not open minded, modern, logical welcoming people but they want everybody else to be..or kill them. All religions suck..Islam just happens to the worrst of all...anyone in their right mind has to see it.