NEW YORK (WCBS880) — Opponents of Park51, the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site gathered at Memorial Garden in Staten Island Sunday, WCBS’ Ginny Kosola reports.

Unlike other protests, those attending the crowd of about 100 were New Yorkers who lost at least one friend or relative on September 11.

People carried American flags and signs that said to move the mosque. At one point the crowd broke into a chant of “no mosque.”

Former Congressman Vito Fossella led a group of speakers. “They can worship if they want. They don’t have to worship. This country is 3 million square miles. We ask one simple question: ‘Why here and why now’?”

State Senator Andrew Lanza said we are not saying you can not build it. We’re saying you should not build it there.

Congressman Peter King was also at the peaceful protest.  He argued the builders of the mosque should understand where protesters were coming from. “The time has come to tell people that sensitivity goes both ways, that yes we have to be sensitive to other people’s religions, but also those religions have to be sensitive to the memory of those who died on September 11.”

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  3. bernie says:

    If the Muslims are peacful people as they say then they would be nice enough not to build it there . This is a sensativity issue not a religious one !

  4. Linda Rivera says:

    It is obscene, ruthless and cruel that Islamics seek to build a mosque to honor Islam at sacred Ground Zero where our 3,000 precious American brothers and sisters were slaughtered without mercy by the followers of Islam.

    Islam is a totalitarian, political ideology. There is no separation between mosque and state. Imam Rauf, leader of the Cordoba Initiative, Ground Zero mosque refused repeatedly to publicly acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist organization. A few days ago, he again refused. He is NOT a moderate! He wants Islamic sharia law in America. Under Islamic sharia law, women are treated as inferior beings and non-Muslims have no human rights. In some Muslim countries, non-Muslims live in daily fear and suffer severe persecution. There is no one to help them.

  5. COMMANDER,K says:

    OBAMA goes about his business by speaking the lie. II Thessalonians 2 says that he comes “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.” Revelation 13:12 says, “and he spoke as a dragon….” Revelation 17 tells us that he was a false prophet, a prophet being one whose calling it is to speak and to teach. The armies of the world may have guns and tanks and bombs to bring people into submission; but the power of speech and ideas is a mighty power. In his initial attempts to destroy the cause of God, OBAMA used a serpent to deceive the woman with crooked speech: “You will be like God.” Now he uses a “dragon” who speaks crafty, lying words. His speeches will be heard by millions who will hang on his persuasive rhetoric. The content as well as the form of his speech will attract. Like most false prophets, he will even be sincere and passionate. But he is a liar. He adds dashes of truth to the mix, so that his lie tastes like truth. He will use all the right catchwords, using the language of the church, even throwing in a Bible text or two. But he is the ultimate Liar, and will deceive many.
    OBAMA will use every tool available: school teachers, politicians, news broadcasters, artists, musicians, scientists and doctors, lawyers and businessmen. All will be pressed into the service of OBAMA to deceive men. But especially he will use those whose calling it is to persuade and to teach — men who claim to be preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  6. COMMANDER,K says:

    TO THE WEAK-KNEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRAT…..Wake up america!!!! This goverment is the most corrupt we have had in years. The good old boy network is very much in charge.Mr. obama and pelosi are the puppet masters.How many of their good friends benefited by the agreement ” what a farce. All of the u.sSenators voted for this. I am ashamed to say I voted for the these corupted self serving politicians.With good reason they picked an out of towner to be president.All u.s departments need an overhaul. We need to rid ourselves of the puppet masters and the dept heads that bow down to obama and pelosi.I am sick of the lip service I have been getting from these dummies over violations, their friends are getting away the goverment . Barack Hussein Obama , threatens friends and bows to Mmslim.
    INPEACH OBAMA ,GOD OPEN YOUR EYES.///For us there are only two possiblities: either we remain american or we come under the thumb of the communist Mmslim Barack Hussein OBAMA. This latter must not occur.THE COMMANDER

  7. mo9t says:

    Some very influential public figures who know the founding principles of the U.S. republic are misleading the gullible; they’re confusing them as to what patriotic duty is and where risks to constitutional liberty lie. They pretend to be supporting the troops as well as protecting the U.S. public, but they don’t want to talk about the Coalition establishment and support of the Islamic Republic of Iraq. They don’t want to talk about U.S./Coalition military efforts to win “hearts and minds”–not to Christianity, but to support of the effort to establish stable government in the largely-Islamic environment where elected officials would naturally be Muslim. These educated opinion-shapers who rave against the mosque project would not admit that their anti-Islam bent is not only in opposition to the Obama administration, but also in opposition to military leadership including that of General Petraeus, and that they put some U.S. military armed forces members who are in harm’s way in greater peril.

  8. Chris says:

    JESUS is ALIVE, No longer in his grave. HE AROSE. But now that Mohammad, he is still in his. One day even Mohommad will bow down before JESUS CHRIST and announce that JESUS IS LORD

  9. iby says:

    Not insensitive and not for reasons best know to them. It was because they took an opportunity to own a piece of real estate and they can afford it. They are exercising their rights as real estate owner, as any other owners would do. As for those who opposed, all you need to do just rise sufficient fund, then offer them. I think they will consider as Muslim are generally considerate and understanding lots. Why opposed without thinking something positive instead. Narrow-mindedness would not solve anything, more so in case of faith and religion. So New Yorkers and Americans, being a brainy lots on this planet, please come to your good sense, do something about it in a sensible way.

    1. For brainwashers… says:

      To build the mosque has nothing to do with right to build the mosques or any other constitutional or legal issues! It has to do with the sensitivity…!!! How hard it is to understand…???

      Can EGO and money driven spectators of the mosque construction can stop to use our constitutional freedom and liberty for their propaganda…!!!

      Americans not against the Muslim people! Sorry, that people from the Arab world can’t understand that they are driven by the idiots and maniacs. To gain Americans and a free world trust Arab people must to condemn Ahmajegans , Kadaffy and others like them for the use of human and religion shields…??? Hope some day we will find from where the funds are coming and who is behind those funds…???

  10. Henry says:

    So let’s just move the mosque to Statin Island and see how welcome the locals will be to their new neighbors.

  11. Just stop and listen to yourself for a minute says:

    Demanding that a synagogue or church be built in Mecca is idiotic. Mecca isn’t just a city, like New York or London. It’s the holiest place in the Islamic religion. It’s where they’re religion started, where Mohammad lived and preached, and I have no issue with them limiting access there to Muslims. The city has no importance to anyone BUT Muslims.
    “You can built it, but built it somewhere else.” Okay, how about Staten Island? How about Tennessee? How about California? Oh wait, that’s right, mosques are being protested there, too. The Constitution doesn’t give the right to freedom of religion, unless we don’t like where you choose to practice it. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. The mosque will be built.

  12. MIke says:


    It is not on ground zero. It is 2 blocks away and they paid for the land. It was not given to them. You and other bigots had the opportunity to buy the land. They got the money and you don’t. stop the hatred and if it was 10 miles away, you will still complain.

    You have horrible reading comprehension. I never said it was on ground zero. I said they want to get as close to ground zero as possible, Landing gear from one of the planes landed on that building. Is that close enough? They think so. It’s one of the reasons why they want that building so badly. What else is so special for that location other than it being two blocks away from ground zero? I never said it was given to them despite the fact that they did refuse state property offered by NY’s governor. They are the ones who have a reason to make it as close to ground zero as possible. Why? They called it the “Ground Zero Mosque” They bragged about it until people caught on and protested, exercising freedom of speech. We have freedom of religion not slavery to religion. Nobody is saying they cannot practice Islam, there are almost 100 mosques in NY. NY is the most religiously and culturally diverse state in America. Don’t preach any freedom of religion to me about Islam when your “islamic” countries have the least religion freedom and tolerance on earth. We are not all bigots or ignorant about this mosque topic in NY.

  13. Nemesis_xyz says:

    Somebody tell the Muslims that Astronomers have discovered over 170 Moons they can build mosques on. So no one is stopping Muslims from building mosques throughout the Solar System, just NOT on EARTH. Please, write to the AUASS (The Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences) to build a mosque on the Moon or on Mars. Do it today, before 2012.

  14. Adam says:

    The complete ignorance of the American people is despicable. 9/11 was, and still is a horrific event in American history, but does the entire Muslim faith deserve the blame for it?? Absolutely not. .These are not the morals on which this country was built. Consider this a plea for acceptance and understanding if you wish, but narrow mindedness such as this (Even though protected by the bill of rights) is infuriating

    1. hope says:

      its an excuse for the racist White American to openly show his racism. they can’t openly criticize against color so they are using religion

  15. SP says:

    The construction site of a new mosque was burned down in Tennessee not too long ago. That’s what happens when you “build it somewhere else”, locals in that community will complain. If the media didn’t report about this, the only people that would know about the new center would be the locals near it. Unfortunately, the media does report (every single day on the same issue) and it creates hatred stemming from all sides.

  16. JOE says:


  17. prince says:

    well if we talk about being fair, OK Alex u wanna build a synagogue then build it in Vatican city too, plus allow to make a mosque rite in center of tel aviv too, , Jews you are the main source of rift between Muslims and Christians, because you know the day they unit you gonna be wiped out of this world, i don’t blame Christians they are ignorant and don’t know, i don’t blame Muslims they are emotional, but u fag-git Jews are totally crook ass people

    1. anti-prince says:

      prince, as it happens, there are mosques in the center of Tel Aviv, but it is obvious that you have never been there or anywhere else in the world – at least try to do some reading before continuing to make a fool of yourself and your point of view in public; as for your other comments, perhaps we will discuss them in person some day if they are expressed without the anonymous cover this discussion forum provides you

      1. Anti-anti-prince says:

        synagogues are built in EVERY nation where Jews live , if they don’t reside in a nation why do you, mr.anti-prince wanna build the synagogue there???

  18. Alex says:

    Let be tolerant everywhere. Let permit to build this mosque in Manhattan when a synagogue would be built in Mecca. It’s fair.

    1. Harold says:

      A synagogue CAN be built in Mecca BUT jews don’t live there, you idiot!

      1. robby torres says:

        No “infidels” can even visit Mecca, “you idiot”. I suppose that is evidence of Muslim tolerance?

      2. robbie2003tan says:

        harold, dont be stupid. a lot of catholics live in mecca but cant even bring a bible in the country. you and your muslim friends already know that.

        is it harold or hussein posting?

      3. Dillon says:

        @robby torres
        I suppose you were the infidel who wanted to visit mecca?? now may I ask why did you want to visit mecca, and were you being peaceful and honest when you said that?
        NO??? :S

      4. Mike says:

        no churches, synagogues or temples allowed to be built in Saudi Arabia, you idiot Harold or are you Hussein??

    2. willow says:

      America for Whites ONLY, is that what your heart said?

  19. Patrick says:

    Why not there, you ask? So, let us ask a similiar question. How come
    Japanese Americans did not build a Shinto place of worship and community
    center at or near Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of WW11? Why have similiar
    Muslim ongoing projects expressed ” ideals that include service to humanity,
    speaking out against injustice, and promoting a high moral standard amongst
    society ” through “the implementation of a program that they call
    Iqamat-ud-Deen, the establishment of the Islamic system of life? ” The
    question is why these issues have not been addressed by the Muslim
    community. So I put the question to you to address and answer the issues.

  20. scorzi says:

    They tried to build a small one on Staten Island and they got death threats, so they can’t say “oh, build it anywhere else.”

    Staten Island is just a Republican island of mostly older white Italians that hate the fact that latinos, Liberians and Muslims are moving there to start families. They want to keep it white, guido and Christian and it’s not going to.

    Also, Vito Fosella was the guy who cheated on his wife, had a love child and got a DUI, so I’m not looking to him for anything.

    1. billf says:

      You are no better than the people you believe you are attacking. You are discriminating against people because they older white Italians. Clearly it is you who is full of hate.

  21. Joe Shmoe says:

    Yes, New York City has Red Necks. welcome to SI.

    1. trooper03 says:

      It’s not really a question of religious suppression or denying a certain religious group of their rights under the Constitution but let us be mindful, least be empathic enough and realize that building a mosque anywhere near Ground Zero is immoral, malicious, wicked and a result of ill-thinking… those people should just scrap the idea and build it somewhere else where there would be no reason for anybody to feel bad about it…

      As to this group of SI Italian-Americans, stick to the issue itself so you would not be branded the same as the ones you are protesting against.

  22. yomstetr says:

    why not there?. You have no right to dictate site to anyone. It is their right and they are not asking donation from you.

    1. MIke says:

      Why is it so important for them to build it as close to ground zero as possible? I’m sure if they could build on top of ground zero, they would. They could build it anywhere else and have more land in queens or long island, but they have to build it at ground zero because of the symbolic nature of doing it for their own purposes. They have been deceitful the entire time and they do not have the the people of NY or the 911 families in mind. They just want as many muslims as possible at that area for some reason.

      1. Paul says:

        Since the “Christian” United States has bombed and murdered millions of people in the entire world Christian building should be universally prohibited.

      2. yumster says:

        It is not on ground zero. It is 2 blocks away and they paid for the land. It was not given to them. You and other bigots had the opportunity to buy the land. They got the money and you don’t. stop the hatred and if it was 10 miles away, you will still complain.

    2. Kestra says:

      Because they are being obstinate and insensitive, that’s why. There is absolutely no other reason in the world. They don’t HAVE to build it there, but they are digging in their heels and refusing to even acknowledge how it offends a great many people.
      The legality of it was never in question. It is about reaching out and making a gesture to non-Muslims, which seems to be unlikely to ever happen. In any situation, I guess.

    3. For brainwashers… says:

      Americans not against the Muslim people! Sorry, that people from the Arab world can’t understand that they are driven by the idiots and maniacs. To gain Americans and a free world trust Arab people must to condemn Ahmajegans , Kadaffy and others like them for the use of human and religion shields…??? Hope some day we will find from where the funds are coming and who is behind those funds…???

      1. yumster says:

        Goggle Arab investments in America. You will find out where the money in your economy is coming from.

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