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CLIP 10740

A controversial new mosque to be built in New York

A controversial new mosque to be built in New York
Key Info
  • A controversial new mosque to be built in New York
  • Duration: 02:25
  • The plans for the cultural centre include a mosque and the building will be situated close to the site of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the project, explains why he feels it important to publicise the positive aspects of Islam. Some 9/11 survivors feel this is insensitive and are opposed to the centre, although others believe that it is important for Americans to have freedom of religious expression. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 19 May 2010. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Religious Education


    Beliefs in Action in the World

  • Keywords: rights, responsibilities, offence, Islam, Muslim, opinions, argument, 9/11, terrorism, New York, America, society, community, freedom, religious expression, harmony.
Ideas for use in class
  • To explore the opposing rights and responsibilities raised in this case - is religious freedom more important than sensitivity to victims of a terrorist attack? Do the victims have the right to stop the building going ahead? Do students think the arguments would be the same if a different religion was involved?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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