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Bloomberg Dismisses Gov. Paterson's Mosque Proposal

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Standing next to Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday dismissed the governor's proposal to resolve public outcry over a proposed mosque near Ground Zero by offering developers state land if they move the project.

The mayor says the governor was free to offer the land, but could "speak for himself."

Bloomberg and Paterson appeared together at a City Hall news conference to announce Delta's terminal renovation plans for Kennedy Airport.  

Bloomberg says he believes government should not be involved in deciding who you pray to, what you say, or where you say it. Paterson, defending his proposal, says he's not talking about mixing church and state. He says he's trying to foster "cultural understanding." The governor says an aide spoke with leaders of the $100 million cultural center about building further away from Ground Zero. Paterson says they weren't interested.

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Comments [5]

Rohitj57 from New York

Paterson has made a humane and intelligent proposal, but as happens to everyone who makes such a proposal, he is getting mud thrown into his face. There may be legal obstacles to the state paying for part of the mosque, but if the proposers and Mayor Bloomberg were to go along, surely private money could be found.

As it is, Patterson may be getting mud in his face NOW, but it is the Democrats who will get mud thrown into their faces in November.

Everyone who wants Gingrich to get lots of new fans, vote for the mosque!

Aug. 15 2010 10:03 AM
David

These two comments above represent the liberal sick attitude of mindless insensitive nitwits that are ruining this country, These people who are building this mosque where they are building it are building it for one reason. The reasons they are building it are NOT solely for worship. The PRIME reason as thinly disguised as it is, is to say to America "up yours and victory to Islam". If it is not the prime reason, why was their original opening date planed for 9/11?

Aug. 12 2010 10:31 AM
Alan Leventhal

While not the biggest fan of the Mayor I want to commend him for not caving into pressure over the Mosque site on Park Place. I'm really ashamed at the ignorance and prejudice of my fellow Americans and New Yorkers. The vast majority of American Muslims are decent, law abiding citizens and this scapegoating is highly reminiscent of Hitlerian ideology. Not surprisingly, much of this negativity is coming from the right side and I hope the Mayor will reconsider using the Republican label. He's much better than that.

Aug. 11 2010 10:43 PM
cleanupnynow

I am perplexed that David Paterson would suggest state land for the site. Whatever position one stands on the mosque issue, state land must not be used for its site.
Once again the incompetent Paterson proves he can not govern. But, then again Paterson could never really govern. “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report” is an eyewitness account of Paterson’s DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature while Senate Minority Leader.
http://www.politico.com/static/PPM110_demreportfinal.html
Paterson’s office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING. Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, would booze it up with staff, often coming in the office with a hangover, and should be fired.
Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey was picked by Paterson to mismanage the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development (MWBE) at Empire State Development Corporation.
Now, that's the Paterson way, being rewarded for your incompetence.

Aug. 11 2010 10:09 PM
Robert J Molineaux I from Redfield, New York

Bloomberg is right. There is no valid reason why a mosque should not occupy this space. If past experience is any guide, however, we can expect such a hullaballoo from the lunatic fringe of Jewish opinion that he will eventually be forced to give way.
At the same time, it would be interesting to learn who will be sponsoring this mosque. If it is sources in Saudi Arabia, a legitimate question would be how many Christian and Jewish places of worship are permitted in that kingdom.

Aug. 11 2010 07:14 PM

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