First of all, everyone, especially the media and journalists who repeat the description, must stop calling and referring to this building as the "Ground Zero Mosque." There is no Ground Zero Mosque! As Keith Olbermann [video at 2:30 mark] very eloquently and passionately articulated on his show the other night, a mosque is "a place built for the purpose of gathering for prayer and worship in Islam," whereas the building that is going to be built near (not on) Ground Zero is an Islamic Community Center called, "Park 51," no longer to be called "Cordoba House" for fear of triggering even more misunderstood controversy.A prayer space, that's all. And, definitely not a mosque. Park51 website says so.
This Community Center plans to house a culinary school, an auditorium, a swimming pool, a basketball court, and yes, space for prayer. But it is not a mosque, so we all need to stop calling it that. Calling this Center the "Ground Zero Mosque" not only makes people think up dramatic images of an actual mosque right on the site of Ground Zero, but it also misconstrues the entire debate.
Ooops! Park51 explicitly calls for a mosque, albeit a separate part of the Community Center - that's what it's being called, just like the Jewish Community Center at Amsterdam and 76th in Manhattan which has no synagogue, shul, or temple on the premises. There are three Jewish worship sites in the general area, but not in the JCC. Park51 proposes a mosque in the same structure separated only by IRS rules. Blonde Sagacity reminds us there is no shortage of mosques in Manhattan, so the cultural center can be at the proposed location and the mosque somewhere else. Just like the JCC.
Now we discover, via Weekly Standard and Islamic Finder, confirms, from Sharif El-Gamal, head of Soho Properties, Inc., and developer, of the Ground Zero mosque -
The House (Musallah)From small prayer space in a community center to a 1000 rug mosque in no time flat. To put that in context, Ferrari has corporate spies to discover their sudden speed secret. All I know for sure is that taqiyya is not Mexican finger food.
51 Park Place (Between West Broadway and Church),
New York, NY 10007, USA
"We are trying to establish a full fledged Islamic Center in the lower Manhattan, only 2 blocks from World Trade Center, New York City, NY. It is a neat and clean facility and can accomodate [sic] 1,000 people to pray in Jamat [i.e. collectively] at one time."
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