Jewish World Review March 16, 2011 / 10 Adar II, 5771
Ground Zero mosque redux
By John Riley
Though few knew about it, the controversy has now landed in court
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"I'm certainly not an architect by training," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice
The plan for a 16-story mosque and community center on the site of a 19th-century palazzo-style building at
Such backers as Mayor
The legal case, technically, has nothing to do with the merits of putting a mosque near ground zero, but a landmark designation would be a major obstacle to the project.
Opponents say the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which concluded last year that there was nothing distinctive about the site, was influenced by
"We applaud his efforts on
But a lawyer for the American Center for Law and Justice, the conservative legal group representing Brown, said that no one asked Brown whether he had "standing" when he showed up to help on
"He certainly has an emotional, moral and personal stake in monuments to that day," said the lawyer,
Feinman must decide whether Brown meets standards for bringing a suit, and whether the landmarks board acted arbitrarily. The judge said he would decide in four weeks.
Outside court, the emotions behind the issue spilled over in dueling news conferences.
"You can't separate the connection between
Bailey said, "This is not about whether it's a historic building. It's about hatred of Muslims. The court needs to lay down the law really hard saying that we're going to protect freedom of religion."
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