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Relocating the mosque

Here's a question that no one is asking but should be asked: if the Islamic center is relocated to state land, as is now being proposed, what is to stop a next mosque from legally requesting a permit to build near Ground Zero, and then that one too, having to be relocated to state land? We run into the absurd situation of the State of NY having to relocate any and all Islamic groups that apply for legal building permits near ground zero. Can we see the absurdity here of relocating a relious group's culture center just because we don't like their belief system? This is a treacherous road to go down, and thankfully, even the conservative columnist Kathleen Parker has said, we must, underline must, allow the building to go ahead.

Steven Rosen

Hiroshima, Japan

Aug 19 2010 - 6:49pm