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The Mayor on the Mosque
August 3rd, 2010

A few hours after his Landmarks Preservation Commission cleared the way for a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who previously voiced support for the project, went to Governors Island to deliver what the Daly News’ Adam Lisberg called “a stirring declaration of principle.”

In sharply distancing himself from Republican politicians and others who have assailed the project, Bloomberg reminded his listeners of the struggles for religious freedom in New York and of the many Muslims killed on Sept. 11. Saying that “to cave to popular sentiment” would hand a victory to terrorists, Bloomberg recalled the many who rushed to save people when the Twin Towers fell. “Not one of them asked, ‘What God do you pray to?’ ‘What beliefs do you hold?'” the mayor said. We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights and the freedoms that the terrorists attacked.”

The full text is available here.

By on August 3, 2010, 2:31 pm
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2 Responses to “The Mayor on the Mosque”

  1. mark gabor Says:
    August 3rd, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    i am opposed to the buildin a mosque on ground zero
    has our country and govt. given every their souls over to the muslims
    any body else it would have been denied
    what about the the greek orth. church that was already there.. they have been ignored
    definatly no…no…no…

  2. Adele Horton Says:
    August 3rd, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Sir,

    I cannot believe that you would even consider allowing a Mosque being built at ground 0. The muslims are opposed to everything we as Americans believe in. It is a slap in the face to all the families that lost loved ones in 911. Would you want a Japanese shrine on the Pearl Harbor site? You are a sick individual if you are in favor of this travisty. If you allow this to happen, believe me, the American people will rebel.

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