NEW YORK (AP) – Bowing to pressure from furious Sept. 11 families, Gov. George Pataki on Wednesday removed a proposed freedom museum from the space reserved for it at ground zero, saying the project had aroused “too much opposition, too much controversy.”
…The decision followed months of acrimony over the International Freedom Center, with Sept. 11 families and politicians saying that the museum would overshadow and take space from a separate memorial devoted to the 2,749 World Trade Center dead and would dishonor them by fostering debate about the attacks and other world events.
“Freedom should unify us. This center has not,” Pataki said. “Today there remains too much opposition, too much controversy over the programming of the IFC. … We must move forward with our first priority, the creation of an inspiring memorial to pay tribute to our lost loved ones and tell their stories to the world.”
Pataki said the Freedom Center cannot be part of a cultural building located near the proposed trade center memorial. But he left open the possibility that the center could find a home elsewhere on the 16-acre site.
Freedom Center officials, however, said in a statement that they do not believe there is a viable alternative location at the trade center siteAll it was ever about for the IFC crew was ramming their world view down the throats of unsuspecting ground zero visitors. If they’re not front and center they’re not interested.
If the IFC was in such demand they’d be looking to build it somewhere else. They’re not…