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Visitors Say the 9/11 Museum’s Depiction of Islam Needs Revision

911 museumSome visitors to the 9/11 Museum say the depiction of Islam in one of the films in the exhibit, The Rise of Islam, unfairly and erroneously depicts the Muslim faith.

“I think they should have talked about Islam more, just so people understand that there is a difference between Islam and people who do terrorist attacks but who also happen to be Islamic,” one visitor, a 22-year-old man from San Francisco, told The New York Times. “It kind of gives Islam a bad vibe.”

The issues expressed in the quote above echo the concerns by an advisory panel who viewed the short film before the museum opened for the public. “At issue is whether it is inflammatory for the museum to use terms like ‘Islamist’ and ‘jihad’ in conjunction with the Sept. 11 attack, without making clear that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful. The panel has urged the use of more specific language, such as ‘Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism’ and doing more to explain the meaning of jihad,” the group of clergy said. The lone imam on the panel, Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, resigned to protest the film.

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Deal Finally Ends PR Mess over 9/11 Museum

Last weekend’s The New York Times profile detailing the internecine battles over the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero was a classic tale of political infighting: Three massive egos, each representing huge geographic and demographic groups, arguing over the details of planning and funding for a major urban rehabilitation project and tourist destination.

“America’s Mayor” himself Rudy Giuliani took the opportunity to express his frustration, and after reading the article quite a few of us felt like the museum might continue to embarrass the states of New York and New Jersey for many years to come.

Well, today brings news that Michael Bloomberg, Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo and their respective organizations have reached an agreement after more than a year of total inactivity. How convenient that they happened to strike a deal on the anniversary of the event itself! You might call it a PR coup—or an example of the timeless power of peer pressure.

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