The so-called Ground Zero mosque may be denied because the building now occupying the site is considered a “landmark” building. See update 5-26-10 below.
Tulsa’s KJRH is reporting that New York City officials say approval to tear down the building to make way for the $100 million mosque needs the approval a commission that protects “landmarks.” The Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to meet to render an opinion. A separate “community board” meets tonight.
The building sitting on Park Place just a few blocks from the 9/11 site, was damaged by debris from the fall of the World Trade Center in 2001. The building is 152 years old. According to a Wall Street Journal blog, New York City Mayor Bloomberg has been supporting of the mosque, which will be named the Corboda Building, and he appoints The Landmarks Preservation Commission. Mayor Bloomberg supports the giant mosque even in the face of fierce opposition from family members of September 11th victims.
According to CBS, the mosque will serve “a growing Muslim population in lower Manhattan. Oh joy! The developers say the site was chosen for the mosque for “exactly what happened here on 9/11,” and that the center will be used for daily Muslim prayers. One of the men involved said this “is a victory of American tolerance over hatred,” but the truth is, it has nothing to do with hatred on the part of Americas. It has everything to do with respect for the dead and acknowledging the truth about Islam and jihad.
Nothing like inviting thousands of Muslims to the World Trade Center area to 5 times a day for the continued deaths of infidels.
William Teach writing for Stop the ACLU reports that the Community Board, in a non-binding vote, voted 29-1 to build the mosque. That vote is considered a non-binding vote. The Landmark Preservation Board makes the final decision, and is slated to meet about July 1st.