NYC Landmarks Board gives go-ahead for mosque near Ground Zero

August 3rd, 2010 - 10:26 pm ICT by BNO News  

NEW YORK CITY (BNO NEWS) — The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday decided that a building, which mosque project organizers want to demolish, does not qualify for landmark status, giving a go-ahead for a mosque construction near Ground Zero.

According to organizers, the new mosque will be part of an Islamic community center and a “space for moderate Muslim voices.” In a 9-0 vote, the commission decided that the 152-year-old former Burlington coat factory building has not landmark status.

The building was damaged on September 11, 2001, when radical Muslims hijacked passenger planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers.

Opponents like Sarah Palin and other Republicans said it’s offensive to have a mosque near Ground Zero, where extremists killed thousands, but according to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, freedom of religion must be respected.

The new mosque will have an estimated cost of $100 million.

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