Mosque To Be Built Near Ground Zero In New York Amid Discord

August 4th, 2010 - 8:18 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

August 4, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The path has been emptied for altering a property in New York into a Mohammedan community center and mosque. However, this development has been massively divisive. The rationale behind the controversy associated with this planned mosque is that the property, on which the mosque is going to be constructed, is in close proximity to ‘ground zero’. Numerous Americans are enraged by the thought of a mosque so close to ‘ground zero’, which will interminably be associated with the tragedy of 9/11. 9/11 happened due to the actions of Mohammedan terrorists. Therefore, some national politicians of America, a bunch of political officials of New York and the Anti-Defamation League have come into sight in recent weeks with their argument that the planned mosque will disregard the recollection of those murdered in the 2001 terrorist atrocities.

Park51 happens to be the name of the venture of building the mosque. The planners of the venture have uttered in their website that they are eager to commence functioning with their colleagues, advocates, neighbors and communities in order to construct a community centre for all the Americans.

Sharif El-Gamal happens to be the C.E.O. of Soho Properties. He has expressed that they have functioned indefatigably in the past four months to execute an American dream. He divulged that the deluge of backing for them has gone beyond their hopes. Sharif has asserted that they are American Muslims, who stem from diverse arenas such as business, law, medicine, hotel industry, cab drivers, etc. They are patriotic and cherish the values of tolerance, freedom and equality that America stands for.

The mayor of New York City happens to be Michael R. Bloomberg. He, along with a few city representatives, has backed the mosque and the community center. Bloomberg has revealed that the denial of religious liberty to the American Muslims would be a gift to the Islamic terrorists.

Detractors of the mosque include previous vice presidential contender, Sarah Palin, of the conservative Republican Party. She and fellow rightists have contended that a mosque so near to the landscape of the most horrible terrorist outrage in America is needless aggravation. She has urged peaceable Muslims to reject the mosque to enable the success of the process of healing. A mosque would only pierce American hearts.

The Anti-Defamation League happens to be an organization that fights against anti-Semitism and other sorts of narrow-mindedness. The League has recommended that the Islamic centre and mosque be erected far beyond ‘ground zero’ taking into consideration the sentiments of the kith and kin of those, who perished in the 9/11 attacks. The League has elucidated that the construction of a Mohammedan center in the shadow of the World Trade Centre (WTC) will supply pointless anguish to the individuals whose nearest and dearest died on 9/11.

On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) cast its vote 9-0. The Commission has mentioned that the 152-year-old edifice in which the mosque is to be built is two blocks from the WTC. The edifice wasn’t out of the ordinary or idiosyncratic enough to satisfy the principles for achieving landmark status. If that status had been given by the LPC, the mosque’s construction would have been stopped.

The American Center for Law and Justice happens to be a right-wing support organization originated by the Rev. Pat Robertson. It enunciated that it would challenge the LPC’s verdict in the state court on Wednesday.

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