This is a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot if there ever was one! I would probably tell these folks that erecting an Islamic Mosque within a stone’s throw from the site of the worst attack on American soil by Islamic extremists isn’t a very good idea. I don’t know who dreamed this brain fart up, butt they need to have their head examined.
A proposal to build a mosque steps from Ground Zero received the support of a downtown committee despite some loved ones of 9/11 victims finding it offensive.
The 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center was unanimously endorsed by the 12-member Community Board 1’s financial district committee.
The $100 million project, called the Cordoba House, is proposed for the old Burlington Coat Factory building at Park Place and Broadway, just two blocks from the World Trade Center site.
“I think it will be a wonderful asset to the community,” said committee Chairman Ro Sheffe.
Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who helped found the Cordoba Initiative following the 9/11 attacks, said the project is intended to foster better relations between the West and Muslims.
He said the glass-and-steel building would include a 500-seat performing arts venue, a swimming pool and a basketball court. “There’s nothing like it,” said Rauf, adding that facilities will be open to all New Yorkers.
Daisy Khan, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, said donations from prestigious groups such as the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund would pay for the construction.
Khan said the project has received little opposition.
“Whatever concerns anybody has, we have to make sure to educate them that we are an asset to the community,” Khan said.