August 18th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Reports: Site of Islamic Center up in air

Editor's note: New York Gov. David Paterson joins Larry King in his first interview about the Islamic cultural center controversy. "Larry King Live," 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on CNN.

New York Gov. David Paterson may meet with developers who had been pushing to build an Islamic center near ground zero.

Paterson is set to meet with the group this week to offer them state land to construct the controversial mosque at another location, according to CBS 2 and other news outlets.

However, New York 1 is reporting in an exclusive interview with the developer that he has no intention of budging. Sharif el-Gamal imagined what he hoped the center would mean in a story Tuesday. "A landmark, an iconic building that will have people come and visit it from around the world," he said. "This looks like it is going to be the most famous community center in the world."

The Islamic center's leaders say they plan to build the $100 million, 13-story facility called Cordoba House two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks. El-Gamal has describe the project as an "Islamic community center" that would include a 500-seat performing arts center, a lecture hall, a swimming pool, a gym, a culinary school, a restaurant and a prayer space for Muslims.

iReport: What's your take on the issue?

Filed under: David Paterson • New York
soundoff (1,062 Responses)
  1. Maharad

    Abdhullah...LOL...what the heck are you talking about? lol

    August 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abdhullah

      Which part do you not understand?

      August 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotFWithTheJesus

      "going nowhere" is actually more proper than the American vernacular of "not going nowhere" which is a double negative.

      August 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JiveTurkey

    I hear Harlem is nice this time of year. Move it there.

    August 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ryan

    separation of church and state would block this kind of thing, wouldnt it? Since when can you use public tax dollars to build or support a religion?

    August 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      They're using private dollars and private land.

      It's the as-yet un-re-built Greek Orthodox church that's looking for public dough.

      August 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ocho

    I believe that when it comes down to it all since no building or construction in NY can be done with out UNION labor the "comunity center" will find it hard to be built at that location. There are to many families that paid a ULTIMATE price for terrorism. The other issue is yes in a america you can claim separation of church and state which is not the issue here. The issue is just as you can look back at history the Islam religion has a funny way of making land marks at significant sites in the world. Sure it will be a center for all, sure it will be all love and good cheer. How ever as it will turn out Immams and student alike in back water tribal areas and other no name places will teach it like a great victory against the great satan and this is Allah's will. In fact it will be a blight for the everyday common american and a black eye to America. If the Developer were so gregarious then plow the land down plant trees and put in a quiet place where all could reflect on peace and olive branches between Islam and all religions.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pazyfe

    considering how conservative the muslims are with the stoning, and child wives, and submissive wife issue, leads me to believe that recreation is not the true agenda. I don't believe this!!!!!!!!!!!!The Muslims separate themselves at many levels, something negative is cooking......................................GOD HAVE MERCY

    August 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotFWithTheJesus

      no, not mormons – muslims. You got your m-words confused again

      August 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott A

    Last thing we need in America is the bigots, or "arrogant evil racists" as they like to call themselves, to win another battle in their bid of trying to ruin this country. If you don't like freedom and fairness, then why exactly are you living in America?

    August 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MxD

      It's not about being "racist" or a "bigot". It's about respect, compassion and common decency.

      August 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roland

      No, the last thing we need in America are Islamic terrorists running amok causing bomb blasts. America is the world's last hope of defeating this murderous cult called Islam.

      August 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DoNotFWithTheJesus

    There is only one way to ever settle this: Jesus (or Santa Clause) must fight Muhammad in the ring for 10 rounds. Winner gets to build their church on the site.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    If Muslims cared about the terrible harm they have caused, they would have proposed to build a million dollar monument apologizing for the lives they destroyed.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotFWithTheJesus

      Here is some maths for you:

      Al Qaida Terrorists responsible for 9/11 = 14 "muslims"

      Other people practicing Islam = 1.6 billion people

      August 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MxD


      Good Call!

      August 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roland

    I'm wondering if there's a deeper motive behind this Ground Zero mosque. Obama was very illadvised to squarely put his foot in his mouth over this. This will become a millstone around democratic necks come November.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotFWithTheJesus

      and what of the Republicans all voting NO for health care for 9/11 reponders?

      August 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mustafa A.

    this is crazy. first of all, its no big deal. second, its just a building where some muslims will come in and pray for a couple of minutes and then leave. so what if its 2 blocks from the WTC, at least theyre not building it exactly where the WTC stood. Terrorists are the one who u shoud be mad at, not the muslims. those terrorists are the ones who flew the airplane into the WTC!

    August 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mustafa A.

    Allah means GOD in arabic. we (christians and muslims) believ in the same god!! stop sayin that we dont. yall are ignorant

    August 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roland

      Yes we believe in the same God, but we worship differently. See, we want to seek forgiveness from the Almighty by doing good deeds. You guys want to win Paradise by cutting off the heads of innocents. Small difference.

      August 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MxD

    It's completely disrespectful that a Muslim mosque would be built near Ground Zero. It's not about a mosque being built; it's about Where and the deliberate disregard for the lives that were lost. Disgusting.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Raw Truth

    I can not believe that in 2010 politicians are making this a big issue causing more racism against others when we are trying to rebuild this area as well as the country. Why aren't they putting their time into working for the rights of those who got sick from the world trade center tragedy and are having a difficult time getting benefits and health care from the Government as well as those who lost family having problems getting help. This country has many great things going on and then gets set back with these subjects, all religions have bad apples and you can not blame all for that. Many people have been brain washed to believe whatever they hear on TV or on radio without seeing facts and I think that has a lot to do with why America is so gullible and easy to convince. Ask yourself this what have you as an American gained from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan? If and when they build this Mosque how will you be effected ?
    We need to focus more on education and respect all and things can and will get better in life for all but there is so much disrespect in this world everyone needs to educate themselves on culture of others.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roland

      "Many people have been brain washed to believe whatever they hear ..."

      are you talking about the $1.2 billion Muslums who have been brainwashed to kill innocent men women and children in the name of Jihaad in order to gain favor with Allah ?

      August 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juju

      Roland, comments like yours are EXACTLY what he's talking about, I think. Clearly, you have bought into the utterly absurd stereotype that every single Muslim in existence, even the American ones, want to kill Americans.

      If you just stop for a moment to think about it, it's utterly ludicrous. If that many people wanted to kill us, they'd probably be trying all the time.

      Instead, what you'll find in Muslim countries, is people going about the business of their daily lives.

      What you don't realize is that people like you are the equivalent of the radical jihadist nutjobs–only for the other side.

      Keep spreading that hate, buddy. I don't know how you can look yourself in the mirror.

      August 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roland

      Juju, I find it intereting that you can get angry at me but are too cowed ( or unwilling?//) to speak out against Muslum terrorists – this is the same behavior that we see globally ampong "peaceful" Muslums. Silent in front of terrorists.

      "If that many people wanted to kill us, they'd probably be trying all the time. "

      SURPRISE !! They are trying all the time, working overtime ! Why else do we have these insane checks at the airport ? For fun ?

      August 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Haggis

    While I respect the freedom to practice religion, this is a tasteless & incorrigible move by our Muslim brothers, who, if they want healing, should know better & plant flowers instead. A show of force is never a sign of reconcilliation.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Juju

    I am embarrassed on behalf of the governor. Shame on him, to cave into bigotry. As someone who worked at Ground Zero, I feel like I should start a protest group–in support of the mosque.

    Freedom of Religion is one of the reasons bad people hate us. Don't Americans understand that?

    August 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
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