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NYC Islamic Community Center, Mosque One Step Closer To Construction
National Public Radio ^ | August 3, 2010 | David Gura

Posted on 08/03/2010 9:54:31 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission — "responsible for identifying and designating the City's landmarks and the buildings in the City's historic districts" — has decided not to assign landmark status to a building on Park Place, two blocks north of Ground Zero.

After the board's unanimous vote, its chairman, Robert B. Tierney, said the structure, which previously home to a Burlington Coat Factory, "does not rise to the level of an individual landmark."

Having surmounted the hurdle, a developer is now free to change or demolish the 152-year-old structure, clearing the way for the construction of a controversial $100 million, 13-story Islamic community center, which would include a mosque.

Last week, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) joined a loud chorus of opposition to such a facility near Ground Zero, whose ranks include Sarah Palin and several other politicians and activists.

"Some legitimate questions have been raised about who is providing the funding to build it, and what connections, if any, its leaders might have with groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values," the ADL said in a statement.

Ultimately, this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain unnecessarily, and that is not right.

Many critics of the community center, which is also known as the Cordoba House and Park51, say that there is no reason it needs to be built so close to Ground Zero.

The Wall Street Journal published a letter to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man charged with planning the community center, from Dan Senor — an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a resident of Lower Manhattan, previously a senior adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

"While we continue to stand with you and your right to proceed with this project, we see no reason why it must necessarily be located so close to the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks," he wrote. "Those attacks, as you well know, were committed in the name of Islam."

We applaud and thank every Muslim throughout the world who has rejected and denounced this association. But the fact remains that in the minds of many who are swayed by the most radical interpretations of Islam, the Cordoba House will not be seen as a center for peace and reconciliation. It will rather be celebrated as a Muslim monument erected on the site of a great Muslim "military" victory — a milestone on the path of the further spread of Islam throughout the world.

According to The New York Times, today's meeting "was free of much of the vitriol that had marked previous hearings."

One by one, members of the commission debated the aesthetic significance of the building, designed in the Italian Renaissance Palazzo style by an unknown architect.

Before the hearing, Elisabeth de Bourbon, a spokeswoman for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, said that, "what we're looking at is whether the building has the architectural and historic significance to the city of New York to merit landmark designation." In other words, its members were not asked to consider the planned use of the structure or site.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 911; anarchy; groundzero; groundzeromosque; islam; jihad; mosque; newyork; obama; palin; privateproperty; propertyrights; putinonwhlawn; rop; sarahpalin; stealthjihad; stopislam; stopobama; stopsocialism; victory; wtc
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The elites have a backlash coming, and much sooner than they think.
1 posted on 08/03/2010 9:54:33 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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This is a slap in the face to most Americans.


2 posted on 08/03/2010 9:57:02 AM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a slap in the face to most Americans.


3 posted on 08/03/2010 9:57:02 AM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a slap in the face to most Americans.


4 posted on 08/03/2010 9:57:08 AM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a slap in the face to most Americans.


5 posted on 08/03/2010 9:57:09 AM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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Goodness....didn’t know I hit the “post” button more than once!


6 posted on 08/03/2010 9:58:27 AM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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7 posted on 08/03/2010 9:58:56 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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NPR (here), CNN radio and Fox News radio are delighted. Fox Saudia.

Folks - Keep paying for cable and sat TV propaganda because the networks who won all the cable channels all support the caliphate and this 911 mosque.


8 posted on 08/03/2010 10:01:51 AM PDT by Frantzie (Television controls the American people/sheep)
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We applaud and thank every Muslim throughout the world who has rejected and denounced this association.

All three of them?

10 posted on 08/03/2010 10:03:29 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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Another idea for a button is something like,

"On Nov. 2,
WE
Drained the Swamp"
11 posted on 08/03/2010 10:07:06 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ZEROs FAVORITE SONG -- I, ME, MINE -- BY THE BEATLES)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Surely someone is newly rich from this decision. The only alternative is there is some sort of brain eating disease loose in NYC.


12 posted on 08/03/2010 10:07:14 AM PDT by pepperdog (As Israel goes, so goes America!)
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You can say that again! And again, and again, and...
13 posted on 08/03/2010 10:08:37 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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The terrorist are laughing so loud, I hear their taunts from the Afghan caves.


14 posted on 08/03/2010 10:14:42 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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...which previously home to a Burlington Coat Factory, "does not rise to the level of an individual landmark."

Having surmounted the hurdle, a developer is now free to change or demolish the 152-year-old structure,

152-year old building isn't historic for being that old anymore?

There is little in Texas still standing that is that old.

One day the WTC Cordoba New Mecca Mosque itself will be granted historic preservation status. Better watch out.

16 posted on 08/03/2010 10:21:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Frantzie

The Saudis have bought into the American media and it is paying off. They have shelved some documentaries as a result.


17 posted on 08/03/2010 10:23:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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HEADLINE: NYC Islamic Community Center, Mosque Victory Monument One Step Closer To Construction

There. I fixed it.

18 posted on 08/03/2010 10:29:53 AM PDT by Gritty (Once you're in the Dar al-Islam, that’s it; there’s no checkout desk - Mark Steyn)
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NO MOSQUE ON GROUND ZERO!!!!
19 posted on 08/03/2010 10:33:32 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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Our ruling class is laughing and smiling while they pull down their pants and crap on the rest of us. :(:(:(


20 posted on 08/03/2010 10:34:04 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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