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President Doti writes essay suggesting tolerance for mosque near Ground Zero

September 28, 2010

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Americans’ ideals of liberty and freedom of religion did not die in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a mosque near Ground Zero would be testament to that, President Jim Doti writes in a sensitive essay that appeared Sunday, Sept. 26,  in the Orange County Register.

President Doti’s reflections follow in the wake of protests denouncing plans for a mosque to be be built near The National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

“Allowing a “Ground Zero mosque” would be a testament to the terrorists’ ultimate failure. They can demolish buildings; they can barbarically steal peoples’ lives; and yes, they can strike fear in the lives of those who survive,” President Doti wrote. “But they didn’t succeed in taking away an idea that forms the glue that binds our nation together, an idea rooted in the founding of our country: that we have certain unalienable rights and that among them is the freedom to worship as we choose.

To read the entire essay visit the OC Register online.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Patti Hachten permalink
    September 30, 2010 10:58 am

    Thank you President Doti. I could not be more proud to be part of the Chapman community with you at the helm.

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