Criticizing the Freedom Center
September 26th, 2005

Since June, the planned cultural institutions for Ground Zero have been under attack. A group including some family members of 9/11 victims, first responders, and the city’s tabloids say the International Freedom Center and the Drawing Center are “anti-American.” The critics grabbed an important ally this weekend in Hillary Clinton.

“Even Hillary agrees!” gushed the New York Post, a day after Senator Clinton said that she did not support the International Freedom Center being planned for Ground Zero, while conservative bloggers seemed to relish in the irony of agreeing with Hillary Clinton. The Post claimed that if Clinton was on board then “you’ve got to wonder: is there anyone left who still doubts that the center would be an abomination on that site?

Um, not so fast.

The Daily News, who has been in agreement with the Post on this issue, softened its line over the weekend. The newspaper said that Governor Pataki and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation had led the cultural development at Ground Zero astray by not being clear about what they wanted from the institutions involved. A report detailing the center’s intentions published last week (in .pdf format) “also allayed fears that the center would become a forum for inappropriate political squabbling or, worse, a soapbox for America-bashing,” according to the Daily News.

The newspaper now thinks the center “should get the go-ahead to keep developing their plans while trying to build public support.”

By on September 26, 2005, 7:27 am
In category: Arts,Civil Rights,Land Use | 9 Comments »

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9 Responses to “Criticizing the Freedom Center”

  1. Harold Stone Says:
    September 26th, 2005 at 9:58 am

    “A group including some family members of 9/11 and first responders” claim that the proposed Freedom Center will be “unAmerican”.

    Question: HOW MANY family members and first responders out of the thousands affected are making this unsubstantiated claim? Is a small minority of all New Yorkers, all of whom were devastated by this event, going to dictate what is appropriate for a memorial for a tragic event that is of tremendous consequence andsignificance to all of New York and to thewhole country.

  2. Barbara & Paul Kirwin Says:
    September 26th, 2005 at 12:05 pm

    We wonder when all of this unnecessary discussion will stop. The families are behind the exclusion of the Freedom Center.
    This is sacred ground to all of us. We do not need a controversial building literally hovering over this precious site where so many of our loved ones perished.

  3. John Moran Says:
    September 26th, 2005 at 1:30 pm

    The current directors of the Center may not have intentions of anything controversial, but what about future directors?

    I will never forget the college professor who was to give a talk at a local college with the stated aim of blaming the victims of the attack as members of the captalist system that therefore deserved what they got. Don’t remember his name but remember the controversy and his hateful remarks.

    We need to honor the 1st amendment as well as preserve the solemnity and dignity of the site; to avoid any problems institutions whose 1st amendment rights need to be respected should not be on the site.

  4. I. Ronnie Says:
    September 26th, 2005 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the link, Wonkster. It’s an honor.

    John Moran: “Don’t remember his name but remember the controversy and his hateful remarks.”

    His name is Ward Churchill and he is a professor at the University of Colorado and an embarrassment to our country. Good comments, John.

  5. I. Ronnie Says:
    September 26th, 2005 at 2:58 pm

    Harold Stone: “Question: HOW MANY family members and first responders out of the thousands affected are making this unsubstantiated claim?”

    http://takebackthememorial.org : “48545 people including 2286 9/11 family members have signed the petition.”

  6. Robert Says:
    September 26th, 2005 at 4:17 pm

    Harold Stone: On the first responders question, the following unions (member counts included) are supporting the effort to rid the site of the IFC.

    UFA–22,000 (active and retired firefighters)
    UFOA–7,150 (active and retired firefighters)
    FASNY–27,400 (active and retired firefighters)
    PBA–50,000 (active and retired police officers)

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