Report: Commission Expected To OK Ground Zero Mosque

NEW YORK (CBS 2) – The controversial mosque planned near Ground Zero was expected to clear a major hurdle on Tuesday, CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois reports.

Currently there’s a building on the proposed site, and opponents were hoping it would be granted landmark status, which would both protect the building and effectively block the mosque from being built.

According to the Daily News, however, the Landmarks Commission was expected to vote unanimously against granting protected status.

Sources told the paper the 152-year-old building does not meet architectural criteria for protection.

Opponents of the Cordoba House recently got the aid of a powerful and unexpected ally: the Anti-Defamation League.

The nation’s leading Jewish civil rights group is dedicated to religious tolerance and civil equality, but its leaders say the plans to build the mosque are simply wrong.

“Ultimately, this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right,” the group said in a statement. “In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right.”

The ADL said it rejects opposition to the center based on bigotry – but many Muslims say that’s exactly what the organization is doing.

“It’s very disturbing,” said Staten Island resident Susan Shafik. “I mean, they’re an anti-defamation league and I feel like the Muslim religion has been defamed because of the terrorist acts.”

Retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches lost his son Jimmie in the 9/11 attacks. “I think this is all about location, location, location,” he said. “It’s not about religious freedom, it’s not about anything else. It’s all about location…be sensitive to the families.”

Charles Wolf lost his wife, Katherine. He has a bit of a different take on the situation.

“What we’re doing here is, we’re becoming religiously intolerant,” he said. “I want to practice my religion. I’m an Episcopalian. It’s hypocritical of me to tell someone else they can’t practice their religion.”

The Director of the Islamic Center says the mosque — and its location — are designed to bridge the gap to better relations with the West. They stand firm that they have no connection to the terrorists who brought pain to so many.

However, the name of the Islamic Center: Cordoba House, itself is inflammatory. Proponents say Cordoba is a symbol of religious tolerance, but the establishment, planned to be near the site of  the largest Islamic terrorist attack on the United States, is named after the seat of power for the centuries-long Islamic occupation of Spain.

  • elabbasa

    I do understand Pastor Terry Jone’s openion. He wants to express his anger and BURN not LEARN. He has no Idea about the tolerance of Islam and don’t differenciate between Islam itself and some radicals like him with Islamic names and IDs. The idea saying that Quran teaches violence and cruelity is completely wrong, because the Holly Books are from same source (ONE GOD), message to humanity in different languges to different nations on different times and situations!!!!!!!! The message is to beleive in God the creator. So Islam is the same religion carried by all Messangers and Prophets, to human beings.
    Allah says in Holly Quran:
    “How can you disbelieve in Allah when you were lifeless and He brought you to life; then He will cause you to die, then He will bring you [back] to life, and then to Him you will be returned.”
    “Mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth written in your Scriptures, the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] while you know (the truth) “.
    “Abraham instructed his sons [to do the same] and [so did] Jacob, [saying], “O my sons, indeed Allah has chosen for you this religion, so do not die except while you are Muslims.”
    “When death appeared before Jacob? Behold, he said to his sons: “What will ye worship after me?” They said: “We shall worship Thy god and the god of thy fathers, of Abraham, Isma’il and Isaac,- the one (True) Allah: To Him we bow (in Islam).”
    “Remember when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allah gives you the glad tidings i.e. ‘Iesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam from Him, his name will be the Messiah ‘Iesa (Jesus), the son of Maryam , held in honour in this world and lifeafter.”
    Such praising and honour expressed to Mary the Virgin and Jesus not to be burnt.It will not harm Islam but hurting Pastor Terry Jones himself being exposed to the media.
    “Do not be grieved, [O Muhammad], by those who hasten into disbelief. Indeed, they will never harm Allah at all. Allah intends that He should give them no share in the Hereafter, and for them is a great punishment.”
    “Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned “Allah says.
    God Bless beleivers who planned to build Community Cultural Center for all American citizens with prayer to worship God and ask forgiveness for the victims of Ground Zero of different nations and ages. Also to pave the way for doubtful disbeleivers to LEARN not BURN the Holly Books (Godspell).

  • Ross

    My solution is one I received as an email of this topic. It is a simple solution to this problem, quid pro quo so to speak.

    Let’s erect a Hooters-style rib place next door to the mosque? Oh, yeah, a liquor license is a must! Booze, pork, and scantilly clad women! Happy hour could be whatever time they call to prayer! Just trying to promote a little diversity using the
    same sensitivity as the Muslims who want to build the mosque in N.Y. close
    to Ground Zero.

  • barbara

    I’d like to know how many applications to build a Mosque were submitted let’s say within the ten year period PRIOR to 9/11. If there were none, then I find this current application even more curious and we should be concerned.

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