News and Analysis (8/20/10)

A 56-year-old from Brooklyn says outsiders propagandizing over the Park51 have “nothing to do with New York and they don’t care about New York.” Even some locals opposed to the center agree that people like Palin and Gingerich “until very recently, didn’t seem interested in New York at all” :

“The actual facts of the case were somewhat complicated. But the need to explain the case was obliterated by the emergence of the perfect phrase: Ground Zero Mosque”:

“As a symbol, its construction demonstrates that the U.S. is not at war with Islam and that Muslims are welcome in America. It communicates a message of moderation that stands in stark contrast to al Qaeda’s bankrupt ideology”:

The Canadian Council of Imams publish declaration, which affirms their belief in “cooperation among all faiths and people for the common good of humanity” that Islamic law “upholds the sanctity of religion, life, intellect, family/society, and property”:

AU’s Akbar Ahmed implores “Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center as a Christian and an American to cancel his burning event, follow the true teachings of Jesus by loving his neighbor”:

Rather than resolve the problem, resuming direct talks on Israeli terms will discredit Abbas and weaken the PNA:

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