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Panel vote could clear way for ground zero mosque

NEW YORK (AP) - A contentious plan for a mosque near the World Trade Center site will get a boost if New York City's landmarks panel votes to allow the demolition of the building that is there now.

The mosque would be part of an Islamic center to be operated by a group called the Cordoba Initiative.

Foes of the mosque are expected to attend Tuesday's meeting of the city Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The panel is voting on whether to grant landmark status to the 152-year-old building that would be torn down to make way for the Islamic center.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports the mosque, but opponents include former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Congressman Rick Lazio, a Republican running for governor of New York.

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  • by Mark Location: Frankfort on Aug 4, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    People are angry because a Mosque is being built a block away from ground zero. But you hypocrites are fine with the Republicans voting to deny health care to 9/11 first responders. The people just want a place to worship. The Republicans are the ones discracing sacred ground.
  • by steve on Aug 3, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    Boys this is a crock man oh man this makes me sick this is how they will take this country over we need to stop this.
  • by Virgil Location: Irvine on Aug 3, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    Oh how sad and how quickly we forget about the cold blooded attack on our country on 9/11/01 and now morons are thinking of allowing an islamic mosque to be built there? We truely have no concept of patriotism as a nation anymore. Its almost as if we are so self absorbed into being more tolerant and more accepting of others that we are pushing our own heritage and our own culture and history right out the window. People should be ashamed of themselves for even considering the idea.
  • by Diane on Aug 3, 2010 at 08:21 AM
    it is a common practice among Radical Islam to build a mosque on the sight of a religious victory in jihad. Do these people not understand that this is what is happening. There are several mosques in the area why not expand them?? This is a statement Mayor Bloomburg and the State of New York is allowing these Radicals to make. At the expense of those who died...innocent people who just went to work and died because they were Americans. Shame on them, Shame on them all who are allowing this. It has nothing to do with religious expression or tolerance. It's all about jihad.


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