Anti-Islam Attacks Sweep the Country

PHOTO: David Shankbone Girls demonstrate in support of a proposed Islamic community center in New York City.
PHOTO: David Shankbone


Mosques to be constructed in the United States have lately been the subject of controversy. A mosque is a place of worship for a person of the Islamic faith.

This spring, plans for an Islamic community center in New York City near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks made news headlines. The new Islamic community center would be similar to a YMCA with a gym and pool and a Muslim prayer space. The proposed center is not at the “Ground Zero” site of the attack. Nor is it a mosque. However, people who don’t like the project have called it the “Ground Zero Mosque.”

The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants the “free exercise of religion.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come out in support of the community center, saying “the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship, and the government has no right whatsoever to deny that right.”

Mosques that are planned to be built in California, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Tennessee have also faced opposition from citizens, including Christian ministers and political candidates. In August a mosque in Madera, California, was vandalized with signs that read “No Temple for the God of terrorism at Ground Zero.”

There have also been rallies in support of mosques. One supporter of the Islamic community center is Talat Hamdani, who lost her son, a paramedic, in the September 11 attacks. She told The Associated Press that the issue “has to do with standing up for our human rights, including freedom of religion.”


September 11, 2001 (9/11): The U.S. government says that on this day, Islamic extremists killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center in New York City. Many people question this official story and call for an independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks.

9 thoughts on “Anti-Islam Attacks Sweep the Country”

  1. Last sentence is a Huge Issue of Dispute and involves issues not discussed in the article. Addressed to children, a statement like this is an indisputable Truth that will be taken literally and unquestionably. Shouldn’t you take into account Child Development facts before you dish out statements like that ? I must say that i find the last statement shocking- as a professional, as a mother, as a citizen….

  2. Amanda from IndyKids

    The above definition of September 11, 2001, (9/11), has been edited to reflect that many people question the official account of the events of 9/11/2001, as pointed out by Ketty.

  3. Any opposition to Mosques in America has been minimal–as compared to what Christians are suffering in Muslims countries. In the United States Muslims are allowed to pray in public government settings, but Christians are not allowed to do. In Muslim countries, a Christian cannot openly preach the gospel or publicly state his/her faith without being beaten, arrested, or even killed. Our government protects Muslims here more than Muslim government will ever protect a Christian.

    I would love to see Indy publish a story about Christian persecution in Muslim lands before I order this newspaper and have my students read this one sided view.

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