Far From Ground Zero, New Mosques Face Opponents

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 4:07 PM EDT
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Far From Ground Zero, New Mosques Face Opponents

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A proposed site for a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan is seen (R) May 25, 2010 in New York City. The plan to build the 15-story, $100 million mosque -- which is so close to the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that debris from one of the hijacked planes smashed through the roof of the existing building there -- is surrounded by controversy, and politicians and activists are preparing on both sides of the debate. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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Mosques around the country are facing resistance similar to the opposition against a proposed Islamic center near ground zero in New York, but the anger and fear is a little sharper.

At a recent demonstration against a planned mosque in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, detractors wore "Vote for Jesus'' T-shirts and held signs that read "No Sharia law for USA!,'' referring to the Islamic code of law.

In Temecula, Calif., opponents of a proposed mosque brought dogs to a prayer service.

Experts say the opposition is stirred by fear in communities that are watching recent immigrants begin to settle in with permanent places of worship.

Islamic leaders and an academic study say mosques prevent radicalization among Muslims.

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