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Workers Search for Remains Near New 9/11 Plane Debris

Remains of about 1K still not recovered

(Newser) - Workers for the New York City medical examiner's office have begun sifting soil for human remains at a site near the World Trade Center where a plane part was found last week. The part was wedged between an apartment building and a mosque that in 2010 prompted virulent national... More »

Ground Zero Mosque Imam Embezzled Millions: Lawsuit

Feisal Abdul Rauf allegedly used charity cash for swanky lifestyle

(Newser) - The former imam for the much-maligned mosque near Ground Zero embezzled millions of dollars from his charity, a $25 million lawsuit alleges. Feisal Abdul Rauf, ousted two years ago from the mosque, used the money to fund a luxury lifestyle, including gifts and support for a woman outside his marriage,... More »

Now Brooklyn Is Protesting a New Mosque

Opponents to 'ground zero mosque' join in fight

(Newser) - Controversy is raging over a mosque under construction in New York City—no, not that one. A Muslim developer in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn has been trying to build a mosque in a vacant lot for five years, but an organization known as Bay People, Inc. has been fighting it all... More »

Number Protesting 'Ground Zero Mosque' Opening: Zero

Well, that was anticlimactic

(Newser) - The definition of anticlimactic: Following almost two years of clashes between those who planned the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” and those who protested it, the Park51 Islamic cultural center opened its first exhibition in New York yesterday without incident. Spectators, not protesters, viewed an exhibit featuring photos of New... More »

Plan to Train Saudi Fighter Pilots in Idaho Under Fire

Training part of a $60-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - It's been nearly a decade since a Saudi pilot crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11, but a plan for the US Air Force to train Saudi Arabian pilots in Idaho has some people outraged, reports al-Jazeera . As part of a huge $60 billion arms deal made last autumn, the Air... More »

Justin Bieber Caught in Ground Zero Mosque Hoax

Foes launch boycott over fake interview

(Newser) - These things happen when you're a teen idol in the Internet age: After the satirical site Celebjihad ran a fake story saying Justin Bieber thinks those opposed to a Ground Zero mosque are bigots, the tale began spreading like wild on the web. Foes started a boycott Bieber page on... More »

'Ground Zero' Imam to Tour US to Promote Islamic Center

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says he doesn't mind controversy

(Newser) - Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf—of the infamous Cordoba House, or “Ground Zero mosque”—has planned a national speaking tour to promote the planned community center and mosque and foster inter-faith dialogue. Wait, you’re thinking, won’t that just reignite the controversy around the project? “Controversy has... More »

Ground Zero Mosque Applied for $5M 9/11 Grant

Federal funds designed to encourage community projects

(Newser) - The Park51 Islamic center has taken a lot of crap for being located in the vicinity of Ground Zero, but now it’s hoping to cash in on that, too. The center applied for $5 million in federal funding earlier this month, looking to obtain grant money set aside to... More »

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar Blew It on O'Reilly Faceoff

Joan Walsh: They should have out-argued, not stormed off

(Newser) - Joan Walsh really, really doesn't like Bill O'Reilly, so she couldn't wait to catch up with the much-ballyhooed confrontation between him and Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar today on the View . What a disappointment, she writes at Salon . Instead of refuting O'Reilly's arrogant all-Muslims-are-terrorists insinuation with the facts (he later... More »

Whoopi, Behar Storm Off O'Reilly Interview

Shouting match erupts over 'Ground Zero mosque'

(Newser) - Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar became so upset with Bill O’Reilly that they stormed off the set of The View today, Mediaite reports. The View hosts were in the midst of a debate with the Fox personality over the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” when Goldberg declared “this... More »

Stewart Blasts Rove's 'Foreign Donor' Hypocrisy

Conservatives are not above fear-mongering, he says

(Newser) - Karl Rove and Fox News are outraged— outraged! —that the Democrats are running ads suggesting that GOP-backed groups take "secret foreign money." "Have these people no shame?" Rove asks. Right, jokes Jon Stewart on the Daily Show , because conservatives would never spread rumors about shadowy... More »

Ground Zero Imam, Wife Getting Death Threats: Police

Cops confirm Daisy Khan's statement yesterday

(Newser) - Hours after Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's wife told ABC's This Week she and her husband had received death threats, police confirmed that the couple behind the Park51 Islamic center (or " ground zero mosque ") have indeed been threatened. It "began several weeks ago," a police spokesperson... More »

9/11 Mosque 'Like Superman Fortress'

Developer 'looking forward' to groundbreaking in two years

(Newser) - A design`for the controversial Ground Zero mosque in Manhattan is being compared to the " Fortress of Solitude ," Superman's futuristic crystalline headquarters of comic book and movie fame. Some of the shapes in the 16-story white honeycomb highrise also appear to resemble the Jewish star of David, but the... More »

Tea Party Rage? No, Crazy White People

Everything we've seen since Obama's election is about race

(Newser) - How do you explain the past two years of utterly unhinged conservative rhetoric? Steven Thrasher of the Village Voice has a theory: “White people have simply gone sheer fucking insane.” In a lengthy cover story, Thrasher recounts all the insanity of the Obama era—from Dr. Laura’s... More »

Town Orders Muslims to Shut Cemetery, Remove Bodies

Sufi group accuses town board of bigotry

(Newser) - A Muslim group in a tiny New York town has been told that it has to close down its graveyard and move both of the bodies buried there. Leaders of the outraged Sufi community say the cemetery, on land owned by the group, is perfectly legal and accuse the town's... More »

Judge: Ground Zero Imam Is a Slum Lord

He's ordered to fix dangerous violations in Jersey apartment building

(Newser) - The imam behind the Ground Zero Muslim prayer center has been ordered by a judge to fix decrepit conditions in a New Jersey tenement he owns, which has no hot water, faulty hallway lights, no working fire alarms, and bedbug and cockroach infestations. Union City officials charged Imam Feisal Abdul... More »

Mosque Developer Owes Rent

Man behind Cordoba House evicted from Manhattan office

(Newser) - The developer behind the not-quite-at-Ground Zero mosque is being evicted from his office space over back rent. Sharif El-Gamal, who runs Soho Properties from an office at 552 Broadway in Manhattan, is said to owe $39,000 in back rent, reports the Daily News . El-Gamal, whose rental agreement expires October... More »

Stewart Skewers Fox Mosque Hysteria

'Daily Show' host compares media to distractable dogs

(Newser) - Jon Stewart took on everyone's favorite controversies last night : would-be Koran-burner Terry Jones, and the imam behind the so-called "Ground Zero mosque." (Or, as Stewart called it, the "community center of death.") He noted that when the imam issued his warning that moving the Islamic... More »

Islamophobia Is the New McCarthyism

We're going after the 'enemy within'

(Newser) - With anti-Muslim sentiment and racist fears about President Obama at an all-time high, America is experiencing “the worst spasm of paranoia and bigotry of the post-Cold War age,” Peter Beinart writes in the Daily Beast . And we can look to the “red scares” of the last century... More »

It's Time for Us to Reject Hatred

Kathleen Parker apologizes to the 'Muslim World'

(Newser) - Kathleen Parker pens a letter to the “Muslim World” in the Washington Post , calling herself “an American citizen who is deeply embarrassed by current events in my country.” When it comes to “so-called pastor” Terry Jones , “please ignore” him. “What we hope you understand... More »

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