Paterson to meet with imam and developer

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Paterson to meet with imam and developer
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 1:02pm

Since the other thread is so long now, and this part is not about Obama, I'm posting it here.

David Paterson to meet with mosque imam, developer

Aug. 17, 2010

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will meet with the imam and developer of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero "later this week" to discuss the possibility of removing the mosque to an "alternate location", according to Rep. Peter King (R).

King, an outspoken opponent of placing the mosque and Islamic cultural center so close to where terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, learned about the meeting during a phone call with Paterson Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for Paterson confirmed that efforts to broker a solution are underway. "We are working with the developers on a staff level but there have not been any formal discussions between the governor and Imam or developer," said spokesman Morgan Hook. "However, we expect to have a meeting scheduled in the near future."

The issue, which had been bubbling in New York City for months, took on a national profile on Friday when President Obama seemed to offer a tacit endorsement of the construction by expressing support for religious freedom in the country.

Less than 24 hours later, however, Obama made clear he had not meant to talk specifically about any one mosque but rather his comments were meant as a broad statement about the need for religious tolerance.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), who faces a tough re-election race this fall, issued a statement in which he declared support for moving the mosque to an alternate location.

Republicans -- particularly those looking at running for president in 2012 -- have hammered away at Obama and Democrats for insensitivity and ignoring the wishes of families of some of those killed in the attacks.

Last week, Paterson offered state assistance if the mosque's developers would agree to move the project farther from the site -- an idea they rejected. Paterson said that, while he had "no objection" to the project as planned, he was "very sensitive to the desire of those who are adamant against it to see something else worked out."

"I think it's rather clear that building a center there meets all the requirements, but it does seem to ignite an immense amount of anxiety among the citizens of New York and people everywhere, and I think not without cause," Paterson said at an Aug. 10 news conference in Manhattan, according to published reports. He noted that "we really are still suffering in many respects" from the Sept. 11 attacks.

The developer rejected the offer. "While we have a tremendous amount of respect for our governor... this has always been about serving Lower Manhattan," mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal said, according to reports.


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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 1:40pm

I really, really hope that the end result is not caving to paranoia.



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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 1:45pm



I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 2:00pm

Something I heard last night got me thinking....What is so ironic about this whole thing, is the fact that we have spent trillions of dollars and spilled the blood of over 4,000 of our men & woman, not to mention the thousands of lives lost in Iraq to free people who are mainly Muslim, yet we won't allow them to build a mosque in

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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 2:42pm

It is an election year. If the punditry/political classes can keep us focused on culture-war stuff like this mosque, then the politicians don't have to answer as to how they will solve the real problems facing this country. Would politicians rather demagogue Muslims or discuss their answers to the budget deficit? Would politicians rather us focus on a breitbarted USDA employee, or discuss unemployment or war? I think culture wars help to divide, but they don't help to solve the real, substantial problems that government should address. Personally, I think the Republicans are scaring up plenty of votes. I think that the Republican stance that we must continue large tax cuts for the wealthy while our country is running budget deficits is a difficult to support. Bad mouthing Muslims is easy to do, and there is a big and supportive audience for it.


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Registered: 09-29-2003
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 3:17pm
Yes! I hate the way ALL Muslims are being lumped in with terrorists. Saw a dr on a news show last night, she is a Muslim-American and was a first responder to the 9/11 tragedy. She was just very sad about the negative reaction. On the same show, they talked about how this building isn't even visible from Ground Zero, used to be a Burlington Coat Factory, and how NY has been trying to get businesses BACK there, as there are so many deserted storefronts--THAT'S why it was so cheap, as far as Manhattan real estate goes. AND: it isn't even REALLY a mosque, it's going to be a community center, culinary school, and I believe I read maybe 2 floors will be for "prayer space."



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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 3:41pm

Personally, I think the Republicans are scaring up plenty of votes. I think that the Republican stance that we must continue large tax cuts for the wealthy while our country is running budget deficits is a difficult to support.

If you get a chance, try to watch Ten Trillion and Counting on PBS. It documents the history of spending, deficits and tax cuts. Never before, have we been run into debt like the Republicans did, under GWB. It

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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 5:27pm


I just can't help myself but this reminds me so much of the opening scene in a classic book.

"Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon after their three o'clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There's no hurry, for there's nowhere to go and nothing to buy...and no money to buy it with. Although Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself...That summer, I was six years old." -To Kill a Mockingbird


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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 6:53pm

I'm not sure what everyone's got their knickers in such a knot for~~this building is 5 or 6 blocks from ground zero. Not across the street. Anyone with half a sense can do a Google search and see that. I did. And I'm all the way out in WA state. Everyone un-twist your knickers and relax a little.

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 6:56pm
Everything I've read says 2 blocks, 600 feet.
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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 7:02pm

I found this.