New York's Landmark Preservation Commission votes unanimously not to extend landmark status to an old building on Park Place where the mosque and Community Center are planned.
Supporters say if you prevent it from being built at the site, that the government may do the same to something you support.
Those upset with the decision seem to agree the Muslim community has a right to build it, but don't like the location due to the close proximity in respect to the World Trade Center and what occurred on Sep 11, 2001. I'm obviously one of those that fall in line with those who disagree with the location. Sure, I think it's completely insensitive to those who lost loved ones on that fateful day because of the Islamic terrorists. Their 5-times-a-day praying (Takbir) and reciting Allahu Akbar will be heard to those near the center. THe fact that Islamic terrorists say the same thing is just a bit unnerving. However.....that's not my beef with the location. My problem with allowing the mosque and community center to be built there is because of their excuse.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated: “This morning, the City’s Landmark Preservation Commission unanimously voted not to extend landmark status to the building on Park Place where the mosque and community center are planned. The decision was based solely on the fact that there was little architectural significance to the building. But with or without landmark designation, there is nothing in the law that would prevent the owners from opening a mosque within the existing building. The simple fact is this building is private property, and the owners have a right to use the building as a house of worship.
“The government has no right whatsoever to deny that right – and if it were tried, the courts would almost certainly strike it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question – should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here. This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions, or favor one over another."
I agree to an extent. Government shouldn't choose or favor religions. But the simple fact is they do. By removing God from our society (because other religions don't believe or believe in something else), you've established favoritism for/against a religion.
In addition, the government already make certain restrictions as to what can be built in certain locations. Here's a couple of examples:
Porn/Sex shops close to school property. Of course, no one wants those things close to schools and in many locations, it is restricted by a certain amount of distance.
City planners zone parts of the city for certain development. Try building a home in a location set aside for commercial development. It's extremely difficult to do, if at all.
So why are we allowing this mosque to be built there?