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Landmarks Commission Clears Islamic Center

Defeat for Cordoba House opponents

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Officially not landmarked.(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Well, the Anti-Defamation League’s scarcely coherent opposition was apparently not enough: This morning, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to deny landmark status to 45-47 Park Place, the building two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan that is the planned spot for a new Islamic center. (Last month, Mark Bergen reported on a heated hearing in front of the Commission.) Cordoba House is one big step closer to realization.

NYC Panel OKs Building Islamic Center, Mosque Near Ground Zero [USA Today]
Earlier: Ground Zero for a Fight
ADL Comes Out Against Ground Zero Center

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David says:

Wow Marc, you must have been so proud of yourself this morning when posted this story. You taught all those racist, evil, redneck, culturally deficient, wing-nut, right-wing bigots a lesson!

Since Tablet is taking a position that we should be all inclusive to other people’s religion and feelings, I have proposal to make. Marc, you and your ‘right-thinking’ cohorts should lead the way to rebuild a Catholic convent on the outskirts of Auschwitz. We got to remember, that not only Jews died at Auschwitz, but Catholics too and those nuns have every right to pray for all the souls that perish at that evil place.

Please Marc, tell me how I’m wrong here? I would love to hear why this should be an exception to the rule.

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Here’s a link to Jeffrey Goldberg’s most recent post on this topic:
His defense of the project seems to boil down to
seems to boil down to: 1. It’s the sort of thing Bin Laden would bomb; 2. Goldberg has spoken to Cordoba House’s imam about interfaith cooperation. Re. 1: I can think of lots of things Bin Laden would bomb which it would nevertheless be inappropriate to have two blocks away from Ground Zero; Re. 2: CH’s imam has refused to condemn Hamas, has called US policy an “accessory to the crime of 9/11,” and has been somewhat opaque re. where the project is getting its funding from. I don’t want to understate the value of interfaith cooperation, of course, but if you know to be skeptical about alliances between the Christian Right and Jewish settlers, the word “interfaith” shouldn’t suffice to soothe you in this case either. So much of the supporters’ arguments seem to be “by association” type arguments: there are some bad people (bin Laden, anti-Muslim bigots) against this, therefore it must be good. Now Goldberg’s offering the _ultimate_ in “by association” arguments: “I know the guy.” Sorry: that doesn’t make the imam’s refusal to repudiate Hamas, his statement about US policy as an “accessory” to 9/11, the questions about funding, or the question “why does it have to be as close as two blocks away from Ground Zero” go away.

lovelyisraelis says:

But the Imam isn’t saying anything that America’s own intelligence services haven’t said repeatedly–namely that it was inevitable that murderous US foreign policy was going to come back and bite us in the ass. This is a truism..nothing controversial about it, unless one happens to be a George Bush-style lunatic who thinks the WTC was attacked because “they hate our freedoms” or some similarly embarrassing childishness.

Further, millions all over the world support Hamas and Hezbollah against the Israeli criminals laying waste to their lands. Americans of principle are sick of billions flowing to the Israeli gangsters with the end result being an attack on the US. Why should innocent Americans pay for Israeli crimes with their tax dollars and on 9/11, with their lives?

Let the Israelis pay with THEIR lives for a change.

David says:


Hey Nazi lover. Why don’t you do us all a favor a take gun, put it in your mouth, pull the trigger let your so-called brains fly across the room.




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