O’Reilly: No Muslims within a mile of proposed “mosque” site
Today, Bill O’Reilly inaccurately claimed that “there isn’t a Muslim within a mile” of the proposed Park51 location (previously known as the Cordoba House). Interestingly, there is already a mosque called the Masjid Manhattan located roughly four blocks from the former World Trade Center site. Furthermore, a quick search for mosques in Lower Manhattan on Google Maps reveals there is another Muslim place of worship called Assafa Islamic Center, located on 172 Allen Street, which is 1.2 miles away.
On the Masjid Manhattan web site, it says that on May 25th, 2008, they were forced to move “two doors down the street from the old location.” Masjid Manhattan has been located in downtown Manhattan since 1970. Is it not curious that this was not previously raised as an issue by those same people now vehemently opposed to the new community center?
In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, a memorial and chapel within the Pentagon was dedicated to the 184 people who had lost their lives in the crash. While this is considered an interfaith chapel, there is reserved prayer time for Muslims from Monday to Thursday at 2 PM, and a Muslim prayer service led by an Imam on Fridays. According to one Fox News article, this chapel is about 20 steps from the crash site, and according to the Army, there have been no complaints.