The fight to keep an Islamic mosque far away from ground zero in New York City is boiling over all over America. Petitions are being filed in courts all over America and here is one more to show those in NYC including the Mayor that the majority of Americans don't want a mosque on Ground Zero. Realize that landing gear from the first aircraft that hit the tower is in that building, went through that building. Of all things to put there, to put a 15-story mosque, that would be like putting at the site of Pearl Harbor at the Arizona, that would be like putting a monument to the Kamikaze pilots." A new york city panel moved the proposed mosque one step closer to reality.. a move applauded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Should the government deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property, that may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here," he said. No one is saying they can't have a mosque, they're just saying, not a mosque at this site. This isn't just a mosque in the middle of Manhattan, of which there are hundreds, this is a mosque at the site of ground zero.
"This is not about freedom of religion, because we all respect the right of anyone to worship according to the dictates of their conscience," US Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said on Fox News Sunday.
"But I do think it's unwise... to build a mosque at the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of a terrorist attack. And I think to me it demonstrates that Washington, the White House, the administration, the president himself seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America."
Construction of the center, a 100-million-dollar 13-storey glass and metal building to be built on private property, has been approved by city officials.
The hot-button issue has stirred raw emotions in the United States, which marks the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks next month, and Cornyn said he believes it might resonate with voters.
"I think this is sort of the dichotomy that people sense, that they're being lectured to, not listened to, and I think that's the reason why a lot of people are very upset with Washington," he said.
A CNN/Opinion Research poll this month showed that 68 percent of Americans opposed the planned mosque, while only 29 percent favored it,
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