13 Facts About Park51


Park51 is a development originally envisioned as a 13-story Islamic community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

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Park51 felt it should have a contemporary design, but look Islamic.

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On September 21,2011, Park51 was opened to the public as 4,000 square feet of renovated space in the Burlington Coat Factory building hoping to replace the building "in several years time".

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Donald Trump made an offer to purchase the Park51 property for $6 million to stop its construction, saying that "I am making this offer as a resident of New York and citizen of the United States, not because I think the location is a spectacular one, but because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse".

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Park51 said that it would be acceptable to demand mosques to be transparent about funding if the same was demanded of a Catholic church or a Jewish temple.

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Counterterrorism analysts have noted that the developing controversy over Park51 has provided a "recruitment opportunity" for radical Islamist groups.

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Some opponents suggested that Park51 was a "victory marker for Islamic extremists".

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Park51 should rejoin the modern world, before he does real harm.

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Park51 characterized the proposed religious facilities at the site as a place which would be used for "terrorists to worship their monkey god".

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Park51 suggested that the developers could have avoided controversy if they dedicated the center to the Muslim victims of the attacks.

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Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura gave his support to Park51, arguing that the First Amendment allows for a mosque to be built near Ground Zero.

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Park51 has said one or two things about American foreign policy that strike me as overly critical – but it's stuff you could read on The Huffington Post any day.

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Park51 defended the center as an "American-Muslim" center similar to the Jewish center built close to it.

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