July 16, 2012

Public Remains Conflicted Over Islam

Controversy Continues To Swirl Around Erection Of Mosque Near Ground Zero

NEW YORK – AUGUST 17: Women pray before breaking Ramadan fast at the third annual Iftar Dinner at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center on August 17, 2010 in New York, New York. The event brings out local Muslim leaders and area politicians to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. New York City is still contending with the controversial proposal to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero. The Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center would be housed blocks from Ground Zero. Despite polls showing national opposition to the center, both New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and numerous prominent Jewish groups have voiced their support for the center. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)