An Islamic mosque and community center, known as the Cordoba House, is to be built in close proximity to the epicenter of the 9/11 attacks. Needless to say, this has provoked considerable anger and protest. http://abcnews.go.com/US/mosque-plan-clears-hurdle-protests/story?id=10747570 There are many other articles and news reports on YouTube as well. The Mosque was given overwhelming approval by a Manhattan land commission to be built, amidst much outcry (which continues to this day). Opponents plan to stop construction by declaring the building that is to be replaced as a historical landmark. In my personal opinion, the mosque should be constructed. However misguided this initiative may be, I believe the intentions - which are to bridge a gap between Muslims and the rest of America - are good. Most importantly, however, I side with the 1st Amendment, which bears no exception to the expression of any faith, speech, or idea, however contentious. I would greatly appreciate other people's input.