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Friday, September 24, 2010

Americans Respond to Call for Donations to Islamic Center

Thousands of True Americans Respond to Call for Donations to Islamic Center - Micheal Moore


Thousands of True Americans Respond to Call for Donations to Islamic Center

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By Michael Moore
I knew that many of you would respond to my call to help out the embattled Islamic community center being built in lower Manhattan. I asked each of you to send a dollar (or five or ten) to their nonprofit organization, Cordoba Initiative, as a symbolic act against the bigotry Muslim Americans are facing. To help kick it off, I promised to match dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000, hoping to raise somewhere near that number by the end of this week.

That's not what happened.

Within hours of posting that blog on Saturday, so many thousands of you had responded, we were already far beyond the $10,000 goal. In fact, as of this morning, we're estimating that the funds raised from you have exceeded an amazing $50,000!

The people at the Islamic center are very appreciative that so many thousands have chosen to come forward in support of America and our First Amendment. And I, too, want to express my gratitude. (Anyone can contribute by clicking here.) Times are tough economically, and supporting our Muslim brothers and sisters is not a popular thing to do right now. I am truly touched by your generosity -- and people around the world will know that you, too, represent an America they rarely get to see.

I'd like to share some of the notes we've received from some of you this past weekend along with your donations:


Here's my donation. I'm a Presbyterian from Kalamazoo who has a friend who was on the plane that crashed near Pittsburgh (on 9/11).

Carol Smith


Please find enclosed my receipt for my $5.00 donation. I am in the process of losing my house, but I will not ever lose my Soul. That was a great letter, I made the donation with out thinking about it twice. Thanks for matching it. Bless your heart.

Ed B.


From Rabbi Yonassan Gershom:
I am Jewish, and it is now the Jewish High Holy Day season, when it is traditional to give extra charity. I am donating $18 on behalf of my wife Caryl and I, as a gesture of fellowship and solidarity. (The number 18 in Jewish numerology is the number for life -- Hebrew letters chet (8) + yod (10) -- and it is traditional to give in multiples of 18.) Please, Imam Rauf, do NOT sell out to those who want you to move the Center -- that would be a victory for bigots, heaven forbid. Build it where it is planned, in peace, pride, and freedom! Peace-salaam-shalom!


I wish I could have donated more, but I'm unemployed and money is really tight.

Thanks for matching this, Mr. Moore.

Eric Bauman


What could be more appropriate than doing this on 9-11? Rock on, Michael.

Al B.


Dear Michael,
I'm not sure you will ever read this, but I want to thank you for your
message you wrote on the mosque. It is exactly how I feel. Thank you
for expressing so eloquently and perfectly what needed to be said.
Keep up the work you're doing!

Much aloha,
Verna Bowman



I want you to know that this is the first time i have donated money to a cause, other than donations to my religion (The Baha'i Faith, which you may not know has one of it's intrinsic values to be freedom of all religions: taking them as one single faith.)

I am active, by which i mean emailing my senators, in other areas such as protecting women's rights and gay rights, but i never donate to them. They are always asking for money, no matter what happens, and it feels like throwing money into a pit in the ground. So i draw the line at emails, I have too big a heart so i have to have good strong boundaries. ;) I never even donate to Obama, and i love Obama (but i don't trust his staff).

I guess i want you to know that you have something really good going on: you have my trust. And in donating to the occasional causes you deem worthy, i think what i am really doing is saying thank you. Thank you. =)

-Katie Young


What the blog says is what I BELIEVE with all my heart. Nothing better could
have been written on 9/11. Many, many thanks. I am honoured to know you.
I wish you all the best and I HOPE, with your initiative and hard work and
with people like me supporting your efforts, we will be able to make a



For the Muslim center in NYC...
Michael, I'm not working and it's really a rough time for my husband and me, financially, but I wanted to do something nice for someone on 9/11, so I'm contributing to this cause. Love, love, love your emails, and you!
Fern Sweet


I wish I could have donated more but have been out of work for many, many months. Still, I wanted to make a token donation because I was very moved by the email I received from Michael Moore.

My thanks to Mr. Moore for, as usual, cutting through the BS and opening my eyes a bit wider to the truth.

Susan Kaiser


Mr Moore,

First of all, I should state that I am not a fan of yours. I find the "style" that you tend to use to be...well, offensive. I do recognize that is probably intentional on your part as a way of driving home your points, but it puts me off enough that I don't bother.

I tend toward being a conservative...though that's probably more "fiscal" than "social". As a retired military man of 23 years, I am still embarrassed by the use of Don't Ask Don't Tell by the military rather than allowing homosexuals to openly serve. I'm certain you feel the same on that subject, at least.

And finally, I am an agnostic atheist (I don't believe in any God, but I recognize that I really don't know if one exists or not). So I'm not particularly moved to think in glowing terms when the subject of religion is broached, because I tend to see the negatives of religion rather than it's positives.

All that being said, I just want to say that I loved the article you wrote regarding the mosque being built in NYC and "this not being America any more". As I mentioned in my opening, I don't find myself in agreement with you very often. But this article was spot-on.

I am much more than a bit of an idealist still, and in my view, it is precisely for things like this mosque that I served. I don't mind the uproar over it, because that is those folks' right to free speech also, but I certainly think it should be built.

Thank you for the article.

--Trent Woodruff


Dear Michael,

I've worked in stamping plants (in Warren) and as a welder/machinist (in Detroit, near the Budd plant by City Airport) to put myself through college. I know what the working class went through to get a fair deal (my grandfather knew Walter Reuther). I have friends and relatives back in Michigan who are struggling - big time - to hang on. I don't know what we can do to raise class consciousness when our country is dominated by corporate controlled media (and the ultra-rich who own it) . Thank you for reminding America (again) how a decent human being behaves and what our country actually stands for. You make me proud to be from Michigan.

Curt Smith


I live on Social Security and rarely can donate - but your compelling
invitation urged me to do more than cheer.
Thanks Michael for all your work.
Lynne Hoft


Thank you for making it so easy for me to donate a little something to the Cordoba House project. It is the perfect way for me to show what I think of the situation.

This project, which was initiated as a way of reaching out to non-Muslim Americans with a message of Peace, Love and Understanding has been twisted and distorted by those who are trying to sow discord and destruction among us. More than them, we should blame all the politicians and media folks who have either remained silent or fueled the fires of hate each time they say the lying phrase "Ground Zero Mosque."



Here is my donation. This is the one and only donation I have made for 2+ years due to my financial constraints caused by an illness. Thank you for being you,

Evonne Phillips

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I want the Mosque built on Ground Zero.

Mike 9/11/10
Michael Moore's daily blog

I am opposed to the building of the "mosque" two blocks from Ground Zero.
I want it built on Ground Zero.

Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice. I believe in an America that says you have the right to worship whatever God you have, wherever you want to worship. And I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you.

There's been so much that's been said about this manufactured controversy, I really don't want to waste any time on this day of remembrance talking about it. But I hate bigotry and I hate liars, and so in case you missed any of the truth that's been lost in this, let me point out a few facts:

1. I love the Burlington Coat Factory. I've gotten some great winter coats there at a very reasonable price. Muslims have been holding their daily prayers there since 2009. No one ever complained about that. This is not going to be a "mosque," it's going to be a community center. It will have the same prayer room in it that's already there. But to even have to assure people that "it's not going to be mosque" is so offensive, I now wish they would just build a 111-story mosque there. That would be better than the lame and disgusting way the developer has left Ground Zero an empty hole until recently. The remains of over 1,100 people still haven't been found. That site is a sacred graveyard, and to be building another monument to commerce on it is a sacrilege. Why wasn't the entire site turned into a memorial peace park? People died there, and many of their remains are still strewn about, all these years later.

2. Guess who has helped the Muslims organize their plans for this community center? The JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER of Manhattan! Their rabbi has been advising them since the beginning. It's been a picture-perfect example of the kind of world we all want to live in. Peter Stuyvessant, New York's "founder," tried to expel the first Jews who arrived in Manhattan. Then the Dutch said, no, that's a bit much. So then Stuyvessant said ok, you can stay, but you cannot build a synagogue anywhere in Manhattan. Do your stupid Friday night thing at home. The first Jewish temple was not allowed to be built until 1730. Then there was a revolution, and the founding fathers said this country has to be secular -- no religious nuts or state religions. George Washington (inaugurated around the corner from Ground Zero) wanted to make a statement about this his very first year in office, and wrote this to American Jews:

"The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy -- a policy worthy of imitation. ...

"It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights, for, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens ...

"May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants -- while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid."

3. The Imam in charge of this project is the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet. Read about his past here.

4. Around five dozen Muslims died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Hundreds of members of their families still grieve and suffer. The 19 killers did not care what religion anyone belonged to when they took those lives.

5. I've never read a sadder headline in the New York Times than the one on the front page this past Monday: "American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong?" That should make all of us so ashamed that even a single one of our fellow citizens should ever have to worry about if they "belong" here.

6. There is a McDonald's two blocks from Ground Zero. Trust me, McDonald's has killed far more people than the terrorists.

7. During an economic depression or a time of war, fascists are extremely skilled at whipping up fear and hate and getting the working class to blame "the other" for their troubles. Lincoln's enemies told poor Southern whites that he was "a Catholic." FDR's opponents said he was Jewish and called him "Jewsevelt." One in five Americans now believe Obama is a Muslim and 41% of Republicans don't believe he was born here.

8. Blaming a whole group for the actions of just one of that group is anti-American. Timothy McVeigh was Catholic. Should Oklahoma City prohibit the building of a Catholic Church near the site of the former federal building that McVeigh blew up?

9. Let's face it, all religions have their whackos. Catholics have O'Reilly, Gingrich, Hannity and Clarence Thomas (in fact all five conservatives who dominate the Supreme Court are Catholic). Protestants have Pat Robertson and too many to list here. The Mormons have Glenn Beck. Jews have Crazy Eddie. But we don't judge whole religions on just the actions of their whackos. Unless they're Methodists.

10. If I should ever, God forbid, perish in a terrorist incident, and you or some nutty group uses my death as your justification to attack or discriminate against anyone in my name, I will come back and haunt you worse than Linda Blair marrying Freddy Krueger and moving into your bedroom to spawn Chucky. John Lennon was right when he asked us to imagine a world with "nothing to kill or die for and no religion, too." I heard Deepak Chopra this week say that "God gave humans the truth, and the devil came and he said, 'Let's give it a name and call it religion.' " But John Adams said it best when he wrote a sort of letter to the future (which he called "Posterity"): "Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it." I'm guessing ol' John Adams is up there repenting nonstop right now.

Friends, we all have a responsibility NOW to make sure that Muslim community center gets built. Once again, 70% of the country (the same number that initially supported the Iraq War) is on the wrong side and want the "mosque" moved. Enormous pressure has been put on the Imam to stop his project. We have to turn this thing around. Are we going to let the bullies and thugs win another one? Aren't you fed up by now? When would be a good time to take our country back from the haters?

I say right now. Let's each of us make a statement by donating to the building of this community center! It's a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and you can donate a dollar or ten dollars (or more) right now through a secure pay pal account by clicking here. I will personally match the first $10,000 raised (forward your PayPal receipt to webguy@michaelmoore.com). If each one of you reading this blog/email donated just a couple of dollars, that would give the center over $6 million, more than what Donald Trump has offered to buy the Imam out. C'mon everyone, let's pitch in and help those who are being debased for simply wanting to do something good. We could all make a huge statement of love on this solemn day.

I lost a co-worker on 9/11. I write this today in his memory.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Imam delivers remarks 090710

Imam delivers remarks on NY mosque debate in op-ed
The Associated Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK — The imam behind plans for an Islamic community center near ground zero writes in a newspaper that the facility will include "separate prayer ...

Imam vows to identify funders of planned NY mosque
AFP - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK — The imam heading a planned mosque near the New York site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist strikes said he has been awed by controversy over ...
Rauf: Mosque will move ahead
Politico (blog) - Maggie Haberman - ‎3 hours ago‎
In his first words in weeks about the controversy surrounding his planned mosque and ...
What would you ask the imam behind the Islamic center near ground zero?
CNN (blog) - ‎8 hours ago‎
CNN has secured an exclusive interview with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf , the man behind the proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero. ...
Imam behind NYC mosque back in US after Gulf trip
The Associated Press - Cristian Salazar - ‎18 hours ago‎
NEW YORK — An imam who has become the public face of a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero has returned to the United States ...
In His Gut
The Atlantic (blog) - ‎18 hours ago‎
I wouldn't close my eyes or our eyes to the increasing number of both naturalized and native-born citizens who enlist in the Islamic terror networks of our ...
New York Imam Says Islamic Center Will Proceed
Journal of Turkish Weekly - ‎22 minutes ago‎
The US imam leading plans for an Islamic center near the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York says the project will continue. ...
Cordoba House Imam Breaks Silence
Daily Beast - ‎51 minutes ago‎
The chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, the group behind the building of an Islamic cultural center and mosque in downtown Manhattan, broke his silence ...
What Imam Rauf has unleashed
WND.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Shortly before returning to the US after his State Department Mideast tour, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said in Abu Dhabi that the viral furor over his ...

Imam: Park51 Project Must Move Forward
NY1 - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Imam at the center of the controversial Park51 project in Lower Manhattan says he won't move the location of the proposed Islamic center. ...
Rauf touring on our dime?
Fredericksburg.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
Would some defender of the present order please provide the identity of the genius who concluded to send this Imam Rauf fellow off on a taxpayer-paid tour ...

Muslims praying at Pentagon irrelevant
Fredericksburg.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Aug. 19 article titled "Muslims pray at Pentagon" has no bearing on the situation regarding the proposed mosque in New York. The fact that Muslims pray ...
Imam not backing away...Pastor's Quran burning plan...Wind fans fires
Kansas CW - ‎3 hours ago‎
By AP NEW YORK (AP) — The imam behind the plans for an Islamic community center near ground zero says it's important Americans "not back away" from the ...
How Moderate is the "Ground Zero" Imam?
FrumForum - ‎3 hours ago‎
With the ongoing “Ground Zero Mosque” firestorm and the bigger battle over Islam in the United States, the founder of the proposed mosque/cultural center, ...
Imam Of Proposed Ground Zero Mosque Breaks Silence
CBS New York - ‎3 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (CBS 2) – After months of keeping quiet, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is responding to criticism about the proposed Islamic community center and mosque ...
Imam's remarks not controversial
Virginia Tech Collegiate Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
by Letter to the editor This is in response to Stephen Biernesser's letter “Ground Zero debate not so simple,” (CT, Sept. 2) about the Ground Zero mosque. ...
Rauf: 'We are proceeding' on Muslim center
UPI.com - ‎4 hours ago‎
NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The imam of the Farah mosque in New York said Tuesday "we are proceeding" with plans for Cordoba House near Ground Zero despite ...
Imam defends mosque in editorial
7Online.com - Jennifer Matarese - ‎4 hours ago‎
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, arrives at a Muharraq, Bahrain, mosque where he led midday prayers Friday, Aug. ...
Mosque Man Breaks Silence on Paper
NBC New York - Hasani Gittens - ‎5 hours ago‎
AP The holy man at the center of the raging controversy that has become known as the "Ground Zero Mosque" -- really a YMCA-like Islamic ...
Imam behind Islamic center near Ground Zero to break his silence
CNN Political Ticker (blog) - ‎7 hours ago‎
(CNN) - The Imam behind the controversial Islamic Center and mosque near Ground Zero will break his silence on Wednesday. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, ...
Misguided fight
Hutchinson News - ‎10 hours ago‎
This growing upheaval over the plan of the New York Muslim community to build an Islamic Center near the sad emptiness of the WTC site is so misguided. ...

Pinellas Muslims strong in numbers, culturally diverse
Tampabay.com - Waveney Ann Moore - ‎14 hours ago‎
Imam Abdul Karim Ali counted himself among a small number of Muslims in the Tampa Bay area when he converted to ...
Ground Zero Mosque: A Solution
Miami New Times (blog) - Lee Klein - ‎15 hours ago‎
As we all know by now, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has offered to build a mosque and Islamic cultural center in the ...
Means to an end
Muncie Star Press - Kevin Wingate - ‎Sep 7, 2010‎
According to an expert on political Islam, more than 60 percent of the Quaran "talks ill of unbelievers or calls for their violent conquest or subjugation," ...
Building Bridges
WashMo.com (blog) - ‎Sep 6, 2010‎
So we have this Imam that wants to build a mosque slash cultural center, within spitting distance of the two gapping holes in the ground that was once the ...
Imam Feisal Rauf -- Sharia Uber Alles!
American Thinker (blog) - Andrew G. Bostom - ‎Sep 6, 2010‎
There is nothing "nuanced" about Imam Feisal Rauf's belief in the primacy of Sharia (Islamic Law) in society -- any society. ...the American political ...
Sharia - Women at Risk
American Thinker (blog) - Eileen F. Toplansky - ‎Sep 5, 2010‎
In this video entitled "Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: Sharia and the US Constitution are the Same" which can be found on the lower right hand side of the site, ...
Imam: NYC Islamic center to include other faiths
The Associated Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK — A proposed Islamic community center near ground zero will include separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews and people of other faiths ...

Imam: We are proceeding with NYC Islamic center
CNN - ‎4 hours ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff CNN's Soledad O'Brien has an exclusive interview with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on "Larry King Live" Wednesday at 9 pm ET. ...

NY imam: Mosque project won't be stopped
msnbc.com - ‎4 hours ago‎
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a leading figure for Islamic center project, is shown on a US government-sponsored trip in the Mideast. ...