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First Muslim Miss Usa, Rima Fakih, Speaks Against Mosque Building Near Ground Zero

The first Muslim winner of Miss USA, Rima Fakih, spoke out against the planned mosque near Ground Zero in an interview on Thursday, saying the project is insensitive to 9/11 victims.
"We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion," Fakih told ‘Inside Edition.’ "I totally agree with President Obama with the statement on Constitutional rights of freedom of religion," she said. "I also agree that it shouldn't be so close to the World Trade Center."
A 13-story community center and mosque being built two blocks north of Ground Zero, rose national controversy last week after President Obama spoke in favor of the project at a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan.
24-year-old Fakih, who was born in Lebanon but raised in Dearborn, Michigan, is in Las Vegas at the moment rehearsing for Monday's Miss Universe pageant, officials said on Friday.
On Tuesday, she told the Detroit Free Press she has been fasting from sunrise to sunset for the month of Ramadan.
The former Miss Michigan became the first Muslim to be crowned Miss USA in May, after dazzling the judges in a skimpy red and orange bikini on stage. If she wins, she will be the first Muslim to be crowned Miss Universe.

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