Kirk Douglas Urges Muslims to Condemn Mosque on Ground Zero

Kirk Douglas

The actor is 'confused' as to why Muslim activist Feisal Abdul Rauf would want to build the holy place near the 9/11 tragedy site, reasoning it would hurt the victims' family members.

Veteran actor Kirk Douglas has called for more Muslims to speak out and condemn the 9/11 terrorists - after admitting he's "confused" by plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero. The Hollywood legend has waded into the debate over the controversial proposal, insisting it would be "painful" for the families of the 2,700 people who died in the World Trade Center attack.

But he also admits it's unfair to punish all Muslims for the actions of a slim minority - and is urging more followers of Islam to speak out against terrorist atrocities. Taking to his page, Douglas writes, "I must write how I feel: A blistering argument is taking place about building a mosque near Ground Zero."

"My son Peter argues that a free country should allow the mosque to be built. I have argued that it could be painful to the families of the many victims who died there. But I am confused because I have had several Muslim friends for many years. They are kind, generous, caring people - I value their friendship."

"But, a part of me says, the people who brought about such horrific destruction on the World Trade Center were Muslims that attended a mosque and who believed that America should die. Of course, I wish more Muslims, like my friends, would speak out and condemn those actions. I am confused."

Muslim activist Feisal Abdul Rauf is behind plans to build a $100 million mosque just a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.




    Trendy T
    Oct 01, 2010

    Muslims, which are followers of Islam, are not religious people. They only follow a doctrine of hate according to their un-holy book the Koran. America mistakes this for a religion and want it to be free, but the so-called religion only exists to conquer the world. What part of this do we not understand. Even Liberals should get this.

    Aug 14, 2010

    Building a mosque at Ground Zero is a HUGE SLAP in the face for the American people! They want to rub Sh!t in the face of the American people, by building their symbol of victory at Ground Zero! I say Pres. Obama & Bloomberg & the others who are supportive of this mosque, should understand & RESPECT the wishes of the AMERICAN PEOPLE...NOT THE MUSLIMS!The American people have been through so much over 9/11, because of Muslims! WHY should we allow them to infringe on our rights & our wishes, & build a constant reminder at Ground Zero?

    Aug 13, 2010

    I also proud of Dudley England to be wise enough to reject the building of mosque... just another, "there goes the neighborhood" !

    Aug 13, 2010

    Just another reason he's been one of my MOST favorite actors.... one with REAL class.... Thanks Kirk.

    Tim Naylor
    Aug 12, 2010

    His arguments are feeble attempts at reason. Should lower Manhattan be off limits to Islam? Please, this is New York. This is America. You should be able to worship where and how you want. It amazes me that Jews and Jewish organizations such as the ADL seem to be some of the most vociferous opponents when they themselves experienced catastrophic religious persecution. The sentiments the fan are the same that victimized them in the past. And this whole notion that we must seek approval of the 9/11 families is too much. It is not their City. It is all of ours. Yes, build a memorial but they should have no exceptional influence on how the neighborhood is developed. For those of you who don't know, this building is not a few blocks away, it's almost half a mile away (2 avenue blocks east and three city blocks north). But even if it was across the street, the 9/11 families while I grieve for their loss, they are not our City planners. Nor should ground zero be made into an infinite shrine where every plan must receive 9/11 family approval. Losing family and being giving undo influence to City planning are two different things.

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