If anyone thought the Ground Zero mosque controversy was sleeping a bit too long, it was certainly awakened when Fox News’ biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, appeared on “The View.” Instantly the tone turned ugly when the discussion turned to the controversial mosque Muslims want built just blocks from Ground Zero where the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened.
Sensitive Issue Equals Hypersensitive Exchanges on “The View”
Bill O’Reilly’s statement on “The View” that “Muslims killed us on 9/11!” co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg into a rage. The debate centered on Bill O’Reilly’s failure to use “terrorists” or “extremists” in his controversial message.
Bill O’Reilly Awakens Ground Zero Mosque Controversy – Mosque Protests Not in the Distant Past
On the the anniversary of 9/11, the New York Post reported a huge protest held in Lower Manhattan over the mosque debate at Ground Zero. Thousands met with emotions running high on both sides of the issue. 3,000 pro-mosque demonstrators marched from City Hall to the Federal Building while 2,500 anti-mosque protesters rallied near the location at Park Place, the site proposed for the Islamic Center. No arrests were made, but it was a heated debate over the controversy that took place when it should have been a day of peace.
Less than a month prior, a mosque protest was held in Lower Manhattan again on Sunday, August 22. New York Daily News reported 1,000 anti-Muslim mosque protesters were on one side while 200 supporting the Muslim project gathered on the other side. Considering sensitive issues surrounding the Ground Zero mosque, no arrests were made and it was a fairly peaceful demonstration compared to the one a few weeks later on the 9/11 anniversary.
Details of What the Muslim Mosque Consists of – the Famous O’Reilly “View” Debate
CNN described in a June report that the Islamic mosque calls for a 13-story community center. The project would consist of a mosque in addition to a performing arts center, gymnasium, and swimming pool. The American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative are working together on the planned mosque. Cost of the controversial building would is estimated to be at $100 million.
How “The View” Reveals the Mosque Controversy from 9/11 Terrorist Attacks Isn’t Over
Bill O’Reilly quoted a poll on “The View” by saying 70 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with President Obama’s handling of the debate surrounding the site where a Muslim mosque would be built just blocks away from where the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place. Joy Behar interrupted O’Reilly demanding the facts on where his poll came from. The debate didn’t get that far since O’Reilly and Behar were talking over each other.
On “The O’Reilly Factor” that evening, Bill said in his studio that he was referring to a CNN poll taken in August on Americans’ opinions of how the President is managing the mosque controversy. He further added that when he failed to use the terms “extremists” or “terrorists” when describing Muslims on “The View,” that he hoped Americans were intelligent enough to know what he meant since he is not against average Muslims. He explained that he’s not one to sugar coat the facts and states the truth.
Is Mosque Subject Re-Awakened After “The View” Walk Out ?
What occurred on 9/11 was the worst terrorist attack on American soil. For a few months the subject has been shelved juxtaposed to the initial fiery protests sparked when it was news. However, the fact it’s such a painful subject may be difficult for the U.S. to face when you throw in political correctness and realizing you can’t generalize an entire religion.
To What Degree is Tolerance Expected in the Mosque Debate?
This may be a subject in and out of the headlines as explosive debates on show such as “The View” Thursday when Bill O’Reilly and Joy Behar went at each other’s throats. It reminds us all what’s at stake and to what degree are we willing to be tolerant. Should Muslims reconsider their stance on the mosque and be sensitive to the majority of Americans in their views of such a close proximity to Ground Zero? Or, do they feel compelled to make a broader statement in wanting acceptance for where they feel a mosque would be best built?
There’s no easy answer to this debate over the Ground Zero location of a Muslim mosque.
Sources: New York Post
New York Daily News