The Left is allied with Islamists to bring about the destruction of “Capitalist Pig America.” This Islamist front mosque must not be allowed to be built…
(NY Post) — Angry relatives of 9/11 victims tonight clashed with supporters of a planned mosque near Ground Zero at a raucous community-board hearing in Manhattan.
Holding up photos of loved ones killed in the Twin Tower terror attacks and carrying signs such as, “Honor 3,000, 9/11 — No mosque!” opponents to the proposed Cordoba House on Park Place called the plan a slap in the face.
“It’s an insult. It’s demeaning to build a shrine to the very ideology that attacked the World Trade Center,” said Pamela Geller, who was sitting with 9//1 family members at the forum on Greenwich Street.
About 150 people attended the emotional meeting, which included some shouting down others as they took their turn at the microphone to address members of Community Board 1.
The board has no official say over whether the estimated $100 million mosque and community center gets built. But the panel’s support, or lack of it, is considered important in influencing public opinion on the project.
Some audience members preached tolerance for the mosque, which backers say is sorely needed to provide prayer space and to help spread the peaceful message of Islam.
Before the meeting, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer stood in front of the site and urged people to keep an open mind about it.
“What I want people to do is to take a look at the totality of what they are proposing,” Stringer said. “What we’re rejecting here is outright bigotry and hatred.”
Update: This abomination has been approved by mindless, naive, treacherous NYC liberals…
NEW YORK (AP) — After hours of contentious public comment, a New York City community board voted late Tuesday to support a plan to build a mosque and cultural center near ground zero.
“It’s a seed of peace,” board member Rob Townley said. “We believe that this is significant step in the Muslim community to counteract the hate and fanaticism in the minority of the community.”
The vote was 29-to-1 in favor of the plan, with 10 abstentions. The move by the Manhattan Community Board 1, while not necessary for the building’s owners to move forward with the project, is seen as key to obtaining residents’ support.
The organizations sponsoring the project say they’re trying to meet a growing need for prayer space in lower Manhattan, as well as provide a venue for the dissemination of mainstream Islam, to counter extremism.
“The moderate Muslim voice has been squashed in America,” said Bruce Wallace, who said he lost a nephew in the Sept. 11 attacks. “Here is a chance to allow moderate Muslims to teach people that not all Muslims are terrorists.” (BARF!)
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