ACLJ gears up new legal challenges to stop Ground mosque; land is partly owned by public utility

    ACLJ: “As you also know, we represent Tim Brown, a New York City firefighter who survived the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and filed a lawsuit on his behalf against the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in New York State Supreme Court in New York on August 4th – the day after the LPC denied the proposed mosque site landmark status. In the weeks ahead, our suit will be amended to name the site’s owners, as well as the New York City Department of Buildings, Con Edison, and the New York State Public Service Commission. With every new question that surfaces, it is increasingly clear this mosque must not be built at this site . . . The revelation that a public utility owns part of the site raises a whole host of new legal questions and requires the involvement of a new public agency and possibly additional public hearings . . . ”


  • Posted: 08/23/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.aclj.org

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New York mosque controversy worries Muslims overseas

Many more now following mosque controversy – and don’t like it

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann: Ground Zero Mosque: The real issue is the effort to advance Sharia law

Passions rise at dueling NYC mosque demonstrations

Tom Minnery: Bloomberg’s “tolerance” hypocrisy: Why does the mayor welcome the mosque and fight small churches?

Some construction workers refuse to build mosque

NYC mosque leader: We won’t change the course

New York City Bar speaks in support of Ground Zero Mosque

AP to reporters: No more references to “Ground Zero mosque”

    AP Advisory: “We should continue to avoid the phrase ‘ground zero mosque’ or ‘mosque at ground zero’ on all platforms. (We’ve very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it’s ‘near’ ground zero, or two blocks away.”


  • Posted: 08/20/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.ap.org

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New urgent care clinic at St. Vincent’s in religious hangup over birth control

More losing faith in mosque: poll

Palin to AP: It’s “Ground Zero mosque”

GOP consultant: Mosque will “train and recruit” future terrorists

Justice Department: NY school “gay-bias” suit is valid

Catholic Archbishop Dolan offers to help in NYC mosque debate

New York’s ban on Sunday service of process only applies if service interrupts person’s Sabbath

Mosque debate divides Democrats, especially in NY

Michael McConnell: A note to NYC – just follow Supreme Court precedent, require mosque leadership be open to all comers

Giuliani on Mosque: “This Project Is Divisive”

    NBC New York: “The question here is of sensitivity, of people’s feelings, and are you really what you pretend to be,” Giuliani said. “If you want to claim to be the healer, then you’re not on the side of the person who’s pushing those divisive issues.  ”I was the first person on Sept. 11 to step forward in the heat of battle and say, ‘No group blame, do not blame Arabs, it’s a small group.’ But the reality is that, right now, if you are a healer you do not go through with this project. If you’re a warrior, you do.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nbcnewyork.com

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Islamic center backers won’t rule out taking funds from Saudi Arabia, Iran

America’s two Muslim Congressmen on the “Ground Zero mosque” and Islam in America

Obama on mosque: “The answer is no regrets”

Use of government property to relocate NYC mosque raises serious legal questions, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State

David Harsanyi: Why is it “bigoted” to criticize religion?

Islam sign disappears from mosque site

Moderate Muslims oppose location of Cordoba Mosque on religious grounds

Poll: NY voters opposed to mosque near ground zero

Mosque developer rejects meeting with Paterson

Ground Zero mosque on the move?

Andrew McCarthy: “Intolerance is not just part of al-Qaeda, it is part of Islam”

Obama undaunted by fallout from mosque remarks

NY governor to meet with NYC mosque developers

K.T. McFarland: 3 fundamental questions about the Ground Zero mosque

Senator Reid opposes NY Muslim center site

Haaretz report on Ground Zero mosque move is “complete misinformation”

Religious Freedom Coalition chairman takes Obama to task on mega mosque at Ground Zero

NYC mayor: “Sad day” if mosque gets shouted down

Greek Orthodox Church destroyed on 9/11 still not rebuilt

    New York Times: “The story of the tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and its efforts to rebuild after the collapse of the World Trade Center is one of well-intentioned promises that led to endless negotiations, design disputes, delays and mounting costs . . . [T]he church exists only on blueprints. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency overseeing reconstruction, has not finalized the exchange of land needed to provide the congregation with a new home near ground zero.”


  • Posted: 08/16/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center

WSJ: The Mosque of Misunderstanding

“Divorce easier as New York law ends need to lie”

White House: politics no role in mosque remarks

Anti-ground zero mosque TV ad planned

Obama backtracks over Ground Zero mosque after furious 9/11 families label him “insensitive and uncaring”

Obama’s mosque remarks reverberate

Hamas leader: Ground zero mosque must be built

NY: Federal judge orders Greenburgh to approve Mt. Vernon church’s plans

Free-speech battle in mosque war

Poll: 7 in 10 Americans oppose Ground Zero mosque

“Rush Limbaugh: The First Amendment, zoning laws and the Ground Zero mosque”

Court sides with town in prayer case

“Professor claims NY college favored gays over him”

Imam leading efforts to build Ground Zero mosque will be State Department Speaker in Middle East

David Aikman: Mosque issue not about freedom of religion

    David Aikman writing at OneNewsNow: “It is as absurd to claim that the issue is one of First Amendment religious freedom as it would be to make the same argument if a Japanese group wanted to erect a Shinto shrine within yards of the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor . . . No, the issue is one of decency and good taste. Of course, there are many Muslims both in America and overseas who were horrified by the events of 9/11. Nevertheless, the terror that day was carried out by devout Muslims who thought they were pleasing Allah and whose hatred of freedom and everything the U.S. stands for prompted them to act.”


  • Posted: 08/12/2010
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.onenewsnow.com

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Christian conservative leader calls for no more mosques in U.S.

NY gov says Islamic group won’t relocate mosque

Victor Davis Hanson: Everyone a bigot?

Joel Oster: Americans United for Separation of Church and State exposed!

NY: Quinn wants Senate marriage commitment

More questions raised by Muslims over mosque near 9/11 site

NY governor offers help moving ground zero mosque

Frank Gaffney: Coming to grips with sharia

New York MTA accepts controversial anti-mosque ad after lawsuit is filed

Attorney: A perfect and respectful response in Greece, NY

Ground Zero Mosque Becomes Free Speech Controversy—Federal Lawsuit Filed

Battle looms over huge costs of public pensions

Eugene Volokh: Legal issue is open and shut on ground zero mosque

Across nation, mosque projects meet opposition

Greece town meeting prayers legal, judge says

NY: Judge rejects demand to censor Christian prayer

NY: Prayers at Greece Town Board meetings OK, judge rules

Court rules NY town can open public meetings with prayer