Politicians weigh in on mosque controversy
Thu, 19 Aug 2010 16:38:01 GMT —
Politicians past and present are speaking out about the proposed mosque near ground zero. It is a story that continues to generate plenty of talk from coast to coast.
Governor David Paterson says he thinks support is growing for a possible land swap to provide an alternate site for the mosque. The governor says his staff and developers met to discuss the possibility several days ago.
Paterson says the developers have the right to build it, but he thinks momentum is building among religious and political leaders to switch the site. He has offered the possibility of using state land as an alternative.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is also throwing his two cents in now, saying the proposed project is creating more division, anger and hatred.
On NBC's "Today" show Thursday morning, Giuliani questioned whether the center's leader Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf was really committed to healing. He says if Rauf was a healer, he would not go ahead with the project because of the pain it is causing some September 11th victims' families.
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Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.