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Opponents of the mosque near ground zero lack majority support, Farha Pandith

Friday, September 03, 2010 04:24:10 PM, Staff Reporter

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"The differences of opinions expressed on the issue is what United States is all about. It is the diversity of faith. Diversity of ethnicity", Farha said in an exclusive interview with NDTV.


"But US constitution allows all faiths freedom to practice their religion. The fact is that those protesting against the mosque do not represent the majority view in America"", she said.


"And the bottom-line of everything that is happening right now is what America was founded on. It is the freedom to practice religion freely", Farha said.


"The fact is that those protesting the construction of the mosque do not represent the majority", she said while stating that there are temples, there are churches and there are mosques and synagogues in close proximity to each other in the United States, she said,


Farha Pandith was referring to the proposed plan by a Muslim group to construct a Community Centre that would also have a mosque few blocks away from ground zero in New York where the twin towers existed till 9/11. The US Muslim group planning to construct the centre had purchased Cordoba House located near ground zero for the purpose and have also received legal permission.


The proposal has also received a strong backing from US President Obama himself who while hosting an Iftaar and later in a TV interview extended his support for the proposal.


He in fact doubled down on his support for a mosque and community centre planned for a site two blocks north of Ground Zero site of the Sep 11, 2001 terror attack in New York - and denied reports that he tried to back away from supporting the controversial project.

"I didn't walk it back it all," he said. "I was very specific with my team... The core value and principle that every American is treated the same doesn't change... At (a White House Ramadan celebration), I had Muslim Americans who had been in uniform fighting in Iraq... How can you say to them that their religious faith is less worthy of respect?... That's something that I feel very strongly about."

He added, "I respect the feelings on the other side."






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