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article imageMosque to be built at Ground Zero

By KJ Mullins     Aug 3, 2010 in World
New York - A plan is in action to build a 13-story mosque on Ground Zero has been back in the news since Sarah Palin posted comments on her Twitter account a few days ago.
Palin's tweeted that building the religious building was unwanted and disrespectful.
The building in question is already built -- it's a former coat factory being used by local Muslims. With the building in place, the reality is this is a renovation.
Those who had opposed the mosque were hoping the land would be deemed a "landmark" by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The Commission ruled that the building was not a landmark however.
On Tuesday, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg reminded those who gathered at Governors Island that New York has a thriving Muslim community and that the mosque would be completed.
“This morning, the City’s Landmark Preservation Commission unanimously voted not to extend landmark status to the building on Park Place where the mosque and community center are planned," he said. "The decision was based solely on the fact that there was little architectural significance to the building. But with or without landmark designation, there is nothing in the law that would prevent the owners from opening a mosque within the existing building. The simple fact is this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship. On September 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked ‘What God do you pray to?’ ‘What beliefs do you hold'?"
“The attack was an act of war – and our first responders defended not only our City but also our country and our Constitution. We do not honor their lives by denying the very Constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights – and the freedoms that the terrorists attacked.
“Of course, it is fair to ask the organizers of the mosque to show some special sensitivity to the situation – and in fact, their plan envisions reaching beyond their walls and building an interfaith community. By doing so, it is my hope that the mosque will help to bring our City even closer together and help repudiate the false and repugnant idea that the attacks of 9/11 were in any way consistent with Islam. Muslims are as much a part of our City and our country as the people of any faith and they are as welcome to worship in Lower Manhattan as any other group. In fact, they have been worshiping at the site for the better part of a year, as is their right."
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