Developer Of Proposed Mosque Near Ground Zero Says Project May Take Years To Complete

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The developer of a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero says it may take years to determine what kind of project Muslims and non-Muslims want at the site.

Sharif El-Gamal told The New York Times that decisions would be made after consultation with lower Manhattan residents and Muslims in New York City.

El-Gamal said that in the past year he has built relationships with neighborhood groups and recruited a 9/11 victim’s relative to his advisory board. He also conceded he should have done those things before going public with the project, known as Park51.

The developer told the Times that he was upset by the backlash and push back from members of the community and the city.

“To see that you’re in the middle of causing neighbors or other human beings angst or distress or adding to their grief is not a pleasant feeling,” El-Gamal told the Times. “At the same time, we had nothing to do with those events, and those events defaced our religion.”

El-Gamal said he’ll only accept money from sources that reflect “American values.” He says his vision for the project remains unchanged: a mosque, health club, theater and religious and interfaith programming open to all.

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  • Arthur Phillip

    Masons are secret muslims,anceint order noble mystic shrine,which is the 32 degree.The mason wears the islamic fez with tassel,with the star of venus and crescent moon.The freedom tower is in the image of the statue of liberty,with bright torch.Venus is the light bearer,The statue of liberty is the goddess venus,She is also called columbia.In which was the rebublic first name,you have the district of columbia,which is the capital of america today .The hierarchy of the united states are masons fom its conception.George washington was a mason,Masons are secret muslims.The reason why they are building the mosque so close to the freedom tower is because the mosque is part of the freedom tower,this is the arabic goddess allah,her other names are statue of liberty,columbia,venus aphrodite ishtar.The shriner temple for N.Y is MECCA temple its located on 55st between 6th and seventh is a mosque with islamic circle dome,The outside color is the same color of the outer walls of the dome of the rock in jerulsalem,Masons take oaths in shriner temple in the name of allah they place the koran the compass above the bible the square,So you see the united states goverment is a masonic islamic zionist state.Thy are building the islamic site of one ground zero,they are pagan muslims.visit my website. .

  • Richard

    I hope it takes years.Mebbe that cullt religion will die out, I jhope.

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