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Atlas Poll: Majority Believe Mosque Near Ground Zero is “Insensitive and Disrespectful”

August 31, 2010

The site of a proposed "mosque" on Park Place is seen in lower Manhattan (AP Photo)

Nearly 600 of you voted.

Our most recent Atlas Poll was viewed by thousands of unique visitors, some of whom started a very active discussion on the comment board.

The results of the poll are below:

Question: Which of the following best best captures your position on the so-called “Ground Zero mosque”?

(1) It is insensitive and disrespectful to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families (76% of voters)

(2) Muslims have a right to worship wherever they choose, just like any other person of faith in our country (18% of voters)

(3) I believe an investigation of the funds and of the groups involved must be done before I accept it (6% of voters)

(4) The government should take every step to prevent the placement of a mosque so close to Ground Zero. (0% of voters)

We thank you for sharing your thoughts. Some of our writers and many of you hope that the various campaigns in Brooklyn and statewide pay close attention to the views of voters and polls such as these on this particular issue. Others believe this is not an important issue and does not represent a proper discourse for pro-constitutional rights libertarians.

While conservatives and libertarians may be somewhat split on this issue, it is important we all know where each other stands on issues gaining nationwide attention.

As such, I thank you all for voicing your opinions.

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7 Comments
  1. Fabian permalink
    September 2, 2010 1:17 am

    Sad to see that so many people fall victim to the insensitivity argument which is clearly devoid of all logic. Erecting a statue to Osama Bin Laden is one thing. Labeling all of Islam as terrorists is another. Only 18% believe in property rights and will defend them as vigorously as they defend liberty? I guess we should love the Constitution but if somebody is sensitive (which I believe is a nonsense issue) we should just roll right over it.

    When did Americans become stop acting like men only to act like little whiny kindergarten children?

  2. The Presumption of Legality and Constitutionality permalink
    September 2, 2010 7:00 am

    It is very disturbing to me is that a large percentage of Americans believe that “anything” being mentioned as being part of somebody’s religion immediately imbues the “anything” with constitutional protection. The notion is ridiculous and, in reality, it is as un-American to clothe improperly just “anything” with “constitutional” armor against a proper patriotic attack, as it would be to allow just any assault based on patriotism on the real rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

    The mosque project could and should be stopped dead in it’s tracks by “testing the legality” of “each and every step” necessary for it’s planning, financing, construction, completion and occupancy. There are many, many, many administrative and other hurdles that it would have to overcome before it’s completed.

    I’m sure that there is some species of urban mouse or insect whose existance would be threatened by this construction, or some ancient burial ground that would be disturbed by the proposed demolition and erection. Not all noisy constituancies have yet been heard from on this.

    • September 2, 2010 9:48 am

      I feel threatened by your comment. Can we take it down?

    • Fabian permalink
      September 2, 2010 9:56 pm

      Hm. Okay. So attacking a religion implying somehow they are responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks is a patriotic attack? That’s news to me. Property rights don’t exist or do you not believe in them?

      The point here being there shouldn’t really be any administrative anything. In a free country you have the right to own property and to do with that property whatever you wish. I’m not exactly sure if your comment was political satire, however, the fact that you are looking for some legal loophole to allow you to infringe upon the rights of other Americans deeply disturbs me.

      There is no over-extension of Constitutional Protection. This is America and the Constitution reads very clearly and plainly that religious groups have a right to not be oppressed unless of course they are decapitating people in religious ceremony or something of that nature (in essence violating the natural rights of another individual).

  3. Freedom of Religion Does Not Extend to the Agents of a Foreign Power permalink
    September 3, 2010 6:31 am

    Are there 21st Century Christian Martyrs in Islamic Counntries?
    “Nation of Islam”: what exactly does that mean?
    “Eurabia”, myth or reality?
    “Amerabia”, dream or nightmare?

    Wake up America! Visit Pamela Geller’s “Atlas Shrugs” blog.

    The U.S. Constitution is not a “Death Pact”.

    What property rights? Who owns “51 Park” in fee simple absolute?

  4. Has Peter Cipriano Discussed This With His "American Mohammad” Barkeshli permalink
    September 3, 2010 6:52 am

    Craig Eaton’s hate blog “The Jig is Up Atlas” is trying to make hay with this debate. They should conduct a real “debate” inside their own glass house, before throwing stones at these windows.

    In between defending the nuclear aspirations of Iran and being “So Tired of America”, and mocking Mormans, the man who calls himself the “American Mohammad” is very active in the “campaign” to bring Craig Eaton’s brand of Republicanism to the 49th AD.

    What does the “American Mohammad” right hand man of Peter Cipriano think of the “51 Park” mosque proposal?

  5. Isn't It Insensitive and Disrespectful for ... permalink
    September 3, 2010 11:30 pm

    …a Republican hate blog like “The Jig is Up Atlas” (remember when they referred to themselves as a “Hate Blog” for a while)to keep mentioning someone dropping a bomb on Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn.

    If such a thing should happen, some would refer to whatever was hit as “Ground Zero” and in short order somebody else would want to build a mosque there.

    Then this debate would start all over again, but with specific reference to Gerritsen Beach.

    Remember, it would all have started because of insensitive and direspectful remarks in the self-professed Republican Hate Blog, “The Jig is Up Atlas”.

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