The proposed Islamic center near the site of Ground Zero in Manhattan has incited a political firestorm, deepening divisions between American Muslims and their neighbors.
Massachusetts is home to a relatively large and diverse Muslim community. We have invited local leaders to talk about how the "Ground Zero mosque" controversy has resonated in their communities — and what it's like to be Muslim in Massachusetts these days.
Are you part of the Muslim community? How do you feel about the state of interfaith relations? Are there legitimate concerns about the Islamic center project near Ground Zero, or is this an example of religious intolerance?
- Hossam Aljabri, executive director of the Muslim American Society
- Malik Khan, president of the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland
- Peter Skerry, professor of political science at Boston College and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution