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.READ MORE: Lionel Virgile Accused Of Throwing Bleach In Officer's Face, Tossing Lit Molotov Cocktail At Other Officers In Brooklyn
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.READ MORE: Producer Scott Rudin Will 'Step Back' From Broadway Duties After Allegations Of Abusive Behavior
The religious leader had been on a 15-day trip to the Middle East to promote religious tolerance in the Gulf.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested After Allegedly Using Anti-Asian Slurs, Harassing Undercover Officer In Queens
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