Senior Hamas figure Mahmoud a-Zahar on Monday insisted that Muslims must build a grand mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 mass terror attacks.
Muslims have to build everywhere so that followers can pray, just like Christians and Jews build their places of worship, Zahar said in an interview on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio on WABC-AM.
Earlier this month, a New York City planning board cleared the way for construction of a USD100 million Muslim cultural center two blocks from the fallen World Trade Center, popularly known as “Ground Zero.”
The planned mosque near the site where Muslim terrorists used hijacked planes to murder 3,000 innocent civilians has stirred an increasingly intense national debate that is now spilling aboard.
With the support of most Conservatives and some Liberals, many families of those killed in the attacks have opposed the mosque as a provocative and insensitive act against the memory of the victims.
Critics also question where the funds originated for the massive building project and note the radical Islamic views expressed by the head of the Cordoba Initiative, which is sponsoring the construction.
Proponents, who now include Mayor Michael Bloomberg and US President Barack Obama, argue that it would be intolerant and “un-American” to deny Muslims the right to build a mosque on private lands.
A recent Marist Poll found that 53 percent of New Yorkers oppose the Ground Zero mosque.
There was a Christian on CNN, who gave a good comparison of the Mosque issue close to ground zero.
Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh was a nominal Christian.
What if he and his sect wanted to raise a Church or memorial next to the Governmental building he bombed and created a mass murder of innocent people?
Should the Americans accept this?
There is something called moral and ethics. There is something called right and wrong.
If there is ever built a Mosque near to ground zero in New York, I guess men like Mahmoud a-Zahar will love to make it a center of operation for their activities in America.