June 8, 2010 at 8:15 pm #34492
Vote Endorses Muslim Center Near Ground Zero
By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ
May 25, 2010
After a raucous hearing, a Manhattan community board backed a proposal on Tuesday evening to build a Muslim community center near the World Trade Center.
And by near, they mean within 600 feet of where World Trade Center One once stood.
The 29-to-1 vote, with 10 abstentions, followed a four-hour back-and-forth between those who said the community center would be a monument to tolerance and those who believed it would be an affront to victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
There are at least 2,300 Mosques in the United States. There are few if any churches in the Muslim countries of the Middle East. If these people are such proponents of tolerance why dont they use their money from the Saudis to erect a few churches in Saudi Arabia?
The boards vote was advisory it did not have the power to scrap plans for a center but it was seen as an important barometer of community sentiment.
Which, in typical New York City fashion, they ignored.
Middle school students and rabbis were among the more than 100 people who testified at the hearing, which was held a short distance from ground zero. Some carried pictures of family members killed in the attacks; others brandished signs reading Show respect for 9/11. No mosque!
C. Lee Hanson, 77, whose son Peter was killed in the attacks, said he opposed the center not because he was intolerant, but because he believed that building a tribute to Islam so close to the World Trade Center would be insensitive
When I look over there and I see a mosque, its going to hurt. Build it someplace else.
Jean Grillo, 65, a writer from TriBeCa, said shutting out any faith undermined American values. What better place to teach tolerance than at the very area where hate tried to kill tolerance? she said
Saudi Arabia would be a better place.
As of 2002, there were currently at least 103 Mosques in New York City: 20 in Manhattan, 27 in Brooklyn, 28 in Queens, 20 in the Bronx and 8 on Staten Island. And that number has undoubtedly gone up.
There are no churches in Saudi Arabia. Zero. None.
Some of the board members who abstained said they wanted time to learn more about the Cordoba Initiative, but the board rejected a motion to delay the vote a month.
The days leading up to the vote were marked by a feverish exchange of words, culminating in remarks about Muslims from a leader of the Tea Party, Mark Williams, that were widely dismissed as racist
City officials, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; the City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn; and the Manhattan borough president, Scott M. Stringer, have rallied behind the proposal
Naturally. The officials of New York City have about as much respect for the opinions of its denizens as Mr. Obama has for those of most American citizens.
Which is to say none whatsoever.June 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm #34493
what would you do if your bratt-ish bother stole your cloths and paraded around claiming he had accomplished all your deeds? what if your deeds, in humbleness, were taken in juvenile selfishness and turned to acts of myopic domination?
there is no room for a church in Sandi ArabiaJune 10, 2010 at 12:00 am #34495
Mer Q’AbbaJune 10, 2010 at 11:49 pm #34497
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or 2^128June 25, 2010 at 10:44 am #34499
dude relax and work on ur heartcenter instead of writting down this nonsense.
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