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Gov. Wants Ground Zero Mosque Talk To Pause

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This is the proposed site for Park51. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

This is the proposed site for Park51. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — New York Governor David Paterson was asking New Yorkers to take a break from mosque talk this week.

He called for a one week moratorium on the controversial debate as the country observes the anniversary of September 11 and as Muslims and Jews celebrate the end of Ramadan and the Jewish New Year.

Meantime, the imam who has become the public face of Park51, the proposed Islamic community center and mosque at Ground Zero and formerly named the Cordoba House, was back in the United States.

The religious leader had been on a 15-day trip to the Middle East to promote religious tolerance in the Gulf.

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