September 9th, 2010
10:30 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com during the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Book says Paris Hilton hid drugs inside her body: A tell-all book by a former "Girls Gone Wild" photographer alleges that Paris Hilton once smuggled illegal drugs into Europe using a cigarette box hidden inside her body.

Pastor 'rethinking' canceled Quran burning: A Florida pastor who called off a Quran burning is "rethinking" his position after confusion arises over the event's ties to proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero.

Woman saves her own pinky: By being pushy and demanding, Deepa Kulkarni says she defied doctors and made her pinky whole again.

LFO singer dies after battle with leukemia: Rich Cronin of the 1990s boy band LFO has died, his bandmate told CNN Wednesday.

Tom Brady involved in car crash, source says: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was not injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday morning near his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  1. Lawrence

    Statement on the Proposed “Cordoba House” Mosque near Ground Zero

    Newt Gingrich

    July 21, 2010

    There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission, is over.

    The proposed "Cordoba House" overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba , Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.

    Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to "symbolize interfaith cooperation" when, in fact, every Islamist in
    the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.

    Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for "religious toleration" are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City . Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia . In fact no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca . And they lecture us about tolerance.

    If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom. They should be asked by the news media if they would be willing to lead such a campaign.

    We have not been able to rebuild the World Trade Center in nine years.
    Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million megamosque will be built within a year overlooking the site of the most devastating surprise attack in American history.

    Finally where is the money coming from? The people behind the Cordoba House refuse to reveal all their funding sources. America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.

    No mosque.
    No self deception.
    No surrender.
    The time to take a stand is now – at this site on this issue

    September 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. La Piovra

    The Reverend Terror Jones has made it clear that his not burning Korans is contingent on Cordoba House not using their property in whole or in part for worship, and that this is his purpose for planning this event in the first place. If so, he has crossed over from First Amendment expression into extortion, and he has done so across state lines. He just might be chargeable with a number of federal felonies, including RICO counts. It's worth a shot.

    September 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. philipe12

    Jones is insignificant. He was more obviously NOT inspired by his own scriptures to burn Korans. Just who or what did?

    September 10, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. philipe12

    Mr. Jones believs Israel is God's choice nation. Israel doesn't seem to have a problem with the mosque built on top of their most holy temple in the middle of Jerusalem. Why does it trouble him or you if one is built @ most US holy ground zero? And whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Everyone claims binLaden did it yet he hasn't even beenindicted let alone found guilty. You all just assume he did while thumbing your noses at all who have died to protect the US and her legal system. shame on anyone who assumes guilt before a fair trial.

    September 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |