SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ProCon.org (www.procon.org) is a popular 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization whose aim is to provide unbiased research on the country's most debated issues. Its new, free resource, www.wtcmuslimcenter.procon.org, presents nonpartisan facts about the "Ground Zero Mosque" (aka the Muslim community center, Cordoba House, or Park 51) as well as the best pros and cons in the debate over whether or not to build it.
WTC Muslim Center ProCon.org (http://www.wtcmuslimcenter.procon.org), the 37th ProCon.org issue website, presents 24 compelling pro and con arguments related to the question "Is it appropriate to build a Muslim community center (aka the 'Ground Zero Mosque') near the World Trade Center Site?" The website includes detailed maps of the area, several little known "Did You Know?" facts, a 1,200+ word background article, photographs, citations for all sources used, readers' comments, video clips from Newt Gingrich and Keith Olbermann, and quotes from Imam Rauf, Sarah Palin, Michael Moore, Pamela Geller, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, 9/11 victims' families, and others.
The website allows readers to think critically about the "Ground Zero Mosque" and form their own opinions using facts from a reliable nonpartisan source.
Proponents argue that the 16-story Muslim community center will be an asset to the neighborhood and local economy, and that its construction demonstrates America's religious tolerance. Opponents argue that the ''Ground Zero Mosque'' is an insensitive and disrespectful political ploy by radical Islamists that will inflict emotional distress on families who suffered casualties on Sep. 11, 2001.
Did You Know?
* There was a Muslim prayer room located on the 17th floor of Two World Trade Center (the South Tower).
* The Muslim community center, as proposed, is a 16-story building that will include a library, a gym, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a 500-seat auditorium, a restaurant, a 9/11 memorial, child care facilities, a culinary school, and a two-story prayer space.
* Landing gear and other debris from one of the 9/11 hijacked planes crashed through the upper two floors of the proposed Muslim community center building back when it was still a Burlington Coat Factory store.
* The Muslim community center, as proposed, will be located about two blocks from the World Trade Center site. The New York Dolls strip club, the Pussycat Lounge strip club, the Masjid Manhattan Mosque, and an Off-Track Betting facility are all located within four blocks of the World Trade Center site.
* Human remains from the Sep. 11th attacks were found within 350 feet of the planned Muslim community center location.
For more information visit http://www.wtcmuslimcenter.procon.org.
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