Muslim Mosque and Community Center to be Built Near Ground Zero on 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
The construction of a $100 million project, which includes a mosque and 13-story Muslim community center, is scheduled to begin on September 11, 2011, just a few hundred feet from Ground Zero. This has caused outrage from the families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. According to Fox News, a massive protest is scheduled for June 6th. Pamela Gellar, whose group called Stop Islamization of America is organizing the protest, said:
"How can you build a shrine to the very ideology that brought down the World Trade Center?"
"We have to do everything we can to stop this ... a huge Muslim monument, a stones throw from Ground Zero, with a mosque pointing toward Mecca."
The building being used to construct the Muslim project was formerly used as a Burlington Coat Factory store, but was damaged in the 9/11 attacks when one of the planes landing gear tore through it.
One man, whose son died in the attack, said that he was concerned that the Muslim center may become a meeting place for radicals. Others dont mind that the building is being built, but do not think Ground Zero is an appropriate site. A member of the New York community board explained,
"If the Japanese decided to open a cultural center across from Pearl Harbour, that would be insensitive. If the Germans opened a Bach choral society across from Auschwitz, even after all these years, that would be an insensitive setting."
The organization behind the project says that they picked the spot near Ground Zero to send the opposite message to what happened on 9/11 and push back the extremists. However, according to Gellar,
"What could be more insulting and humiliating than a monster mosque in the shadow of the World Trade Center buildings that were brought down by an Islamic jihad attack?"
"Any decent American, Muslim or otherwise, wouldn’t dream of such an insult."
Listen below as Pamela Gellar debates the issue on the Sean Hannity Show: