Bloomberg Responds on Ground Zero Mosque Issue
A while back, I wrote a post about the proposed “Mosque at Ground Zero,” and the man behind it, Faisal Abdul Rauf. When I learned the New York City council had given wide approval to the mosque, I wrote a letter to the council and to the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, registering my disgust and inviting them to read my post so they wouldn’t have to re-invent the wheel doing research that thousands of bloggers had already done.
Of course, I knew no one in NYC was interested in my opinion, but I felt I had to give it anyway; it’s what I do.
Finally, yesterday, I received the following form letter obviously sent from the NYC Office of the Mayor to everyone who had weighed in on the issue.
Thank you for writing to share your thoughts and concerns about the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center to be built at Park Place and Broadway in Lower Manhattan, several blocks north of the World Trade Center site.
Our Administration strongly supports the right of faith groups to open houses of worship, or community centers, in whatever location they choose, provided it complies with all applicable laws. New York has long been America’s most tolerant and diverse City, welcoming the best, brightest, and hardest-working individuals from around the world – no matter their identity or beliefs. As a City, we win by choosing to uphold the principles of freedom and respect that lie at the foundation of this tradition – and that the terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001. Winning the war on terrorism requires us not only to defeat our enemies, at home and abroad, but also to continue upholding the values that make America great.
Last month, the local community board voted by an overwhelming margin (29-1) to endorse the project. Of course, the approval process has many steps yet before it is finalized, and many questions remain unanswered. I understand that this is a particularly sensitive issue, and I am hopeful that more dialogue about the center will increase the understanding and cooperation that is so integral to the vitality of New York City.
Thank you again for writing to share your opinions on this matter.
Michael R. Bloomberg
This is a not so fancy political means of saying … nothing. Yes, we’re all Americans and we believe in freedom of religion, freedom of expression. That’s why we’re against this mosque. Because we know that Imam Faisal Rauf is not.
We’re for open discussion on this issue, but Bloomberg’s letter proves he is not. The conclusion, as far as the Office of the Mayor goes is, as it were, foregone. The Mosque simply has hurdles before it can be built. And one of those hurdles is us.
Continue to be a hurdle! At the bottom of my Ground Zero Mosque post linked to above, there is contact information for NYC government. Use it. Let NYC know the entire USA, indeed the entire world, is watching! Say no to the Ground Zero Mosque and Bloomberg’s Fatwa on America before it’s too late.