News State & National News The Daily Beast: Ground Zero Mosque November 22, 2010 John Avlon reports on The Daily Beast that the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” recently applied for a $5 million federal grant from a fund designed to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11. Read more. 4 Comments You Might Also Like State reps cut pay by 15 percent April 15, 2011 Buzz: Crist for FSU president February 18, 2014 Day for the paper May 26, 2010 Amy November 22, 2010 at 8:51 pm Astonishing. Yet, ALL Christians aren’t assumed to be terrorists, and the one who are are simply forgotten. Or is it that they are forgiven? Guess what?? It is VERY COMMON for bad people to hide behind religions. Carpetbaggers do it, snake oil salesmen do it, Priests do it, rapists do it, dishonest business people do it (and oh, boy, do they ever). And let’s not forget the perennial politicians’ pleas from pews and pulpits. Muzz-lumm fear works as well as it does because such a large percent of America has NO knowledge of world religions, but they have colorful opinions of them anyway. Joe November 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm What is the author saying? On the one hand, he acknowledges that the “controversy” over the Park51 project has died down because it was mostly manufactured by pundits, since the people who actually live there don’t oppose it. On the other hand, he calls it “audacious” that the project would even request funding from a grant pool for which religious groups are specifically eligible, because… why exactly? Didn’t he just establish that “reasonable people” don’t equate all Muslims with those who committed the 9/11 attacks? If that’s the case, what’s the problem? Louise November 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm I would like to add clarification to my previous statement. I would feel the same way about ANY of this country’s enemies. My feelings have nothing whatsoever to do with this particular religion. Louise November 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm This is infuriating to me! Why should a facility that has the very strong potential of becoming a point of communications and/or training camp for our enemies be financed by public tax payers monies? This entire thing is just SO wrong on all levels. It should not even be allowed there.