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Ground Zero Mosque plans on hold?

Haaretz is reporting that the answer is yes:

After weeks of heated debate over plans for an Islamic community center near Ground Zero - the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York - it seems Muslim leaders will soon back down, agreeing to move to a new site.

The decision follows a high-profile campaign against the project that included advertisements on New York buses showing images of the burning Twin Towers, an iconic landmark razed when al-Qaida terrorists flew packed passenger planes into them in 2001. The New York Republican party is also said to be planning a hostile television campaign.

Sources in New York said on Monday that Muslim religious and business leaders will announce plans to abandon the project in the next few days.


But several people familiar with the debate among New York's Islamic activists now claim that the leaders are convinced abandoning the site is preferable to unleashing a wave of bitterness towards Muslims.

They also hope the move will be seen as a show of sensitivity to families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, and to the  American public generally.

Another factor in the apparent climbdown is a lack of funds to pay for construction of the center, estimated to cost a hundred million dollars. Backers hope moving it will lead to a wave of support, accompanied by cash donations.

H/T Big Peace


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Once again Barry gives supp... (Below threshold)

Once again Barry gives supportand delivers the kiss of death.

Well, supposedly a person r... (Below threshold)

Well, supposedly a person representing the group that is planning the mosque reported on Twitter that the report is not accurate. I seriously doubt there will be climb down from this group after they have gotten this far anyways. This is all about location for them. A mosque/community center miles away from Ground Zero simply won't have the same value to them. And the money that is funding this insult to America will probably dry up as well. Why spend all that money unless you can poke the infidel in the eye right? This has far less to do about serving Muslims living in Lower Manhattan than it does about pure symbolism. It will probably be second on the list of places for Muslims to visit right after the Grand Mosque in Mecca...

The fact that they have been willing to put up with the controversy speaks volumes about how badly they want this thing to be build on that spot. They talk about reaching out, having a dialogue and building bridges but there has been none of that. The opposition has been labeled as intolerant bigots and all calls to open their books as to where all the money is coming from have been ignored. If everything was on the level, you know they would be willing to prove the racist doubters wrong. The fact of the matter is that it is a certainty that shady terrorist backers are providing the money and that inconvenient reality cannot be disclosed until this thing gets built and they know it.

Donations drying up in the ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Donations drying up in the face of widespread protest is listed and sounds credible to me.

The last two (short) paragraphs on how Obama's climbing down from his Friday statement of support could also have had an effect sounds more to me of another offer of rapprochement from Israel to the White House rather than of reality.

What is amusing is that eve... (Below threshold)

What is amusing is that even the Muslim leaders that want to dance on the grave of the 9/11 victims STILL have more common sense than our resident troll!

drat...and I had just perfe... (Below threshold)

drat...and I had just perfected my pig's-blood water-balloon mortar with which to splat the Muslim War Memeorial each day!!

oh well...I'll hang on to the plans just in case.

The location was p... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:
The location was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims who bought the building in July. A presence so close to the World Trade Center, "where a piece of the wreckage fell," said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric leading the project, "sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11."

"We want to push back against the extremists," added Imam Feisal, 61

That was from a New York Times article of December 8, 2009, months before the lunatic fringe which now drives the GOP had the vapors over it.

The backers of the mosque m... (Below threshold)
retired military:

The backers of the mosque must have seen Obama's plummeting poll numbers due to it.

They have to try to keep their shadow president in power.

Were not extreme because w... (Below threshold)

Were not extreme because we dont want radical clerics spreading islamo propaganda right next to Ground Zero Crickmore.

In any event if it is stopped, its all good.

I see Steve Crickmore still... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

I see Steve Crickmore still believes a Japanese Shinto shrine should be built at the USS Arizona memorial...

Hopefully, the backers of the "community center"/mosque have more sensitivity.

drat...and I had j... (Below threshold)
drat...and I had just perfected my pig's-blood water-balloon mortar with which to splat the Muslim War Memeorial each day!!

Great thing about that is that, since it is your clearly delineated right to do so, guys like Galoob and Crockmore will have your back. So I am sure they will be delighted to hear your plans. See, they are defenders of freedom.

BTW, pig trimmings are available for free at most slaughterhouses, so don't feel limited to blood. A nice bucket of fresh intestines, contents intact, will make an appropriate tribute.

I'm sure that none of the p... (Below threshold)

I'm sure that none of the people who died in the towers on 9~1~1 were Muslim. Aren't you?

Indie, it does not matter w... (Below threshold)

Indie, it does not matter what religion the murder victims were. They are all martyrs to the cause of freedom, having been murdered by the terrorists.

"I'm sure that none of the ... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

"I'm sure that none of the people who died in the towers on 9~1~1 were Muslim. Aren't you?
11. Posted by Indie | August 16, 2010 10:26 PM "

We have a Winnah!!--of the stupidest comment of the year.

"BTW, pig trimmings are ava... (Below threshold)

"BTW, pig trimmings are available for free at most slaughterhouses, so don't feel limited to blood. A nice bucket of fresh intestines, contents intact, will make an appropriate tribute"

Oh Brett, how insensitive of you. Don't we all agree that the good Imam is just trying to bring us all together? You MUST be one of the lunatic fringe Crickmore the Genius refers to.

Hey meatstick Crickman. I guess the famalies of the THOUSANDS of innocent victims of the ISLAMIC terrorists must be part of the fringe as well.

Everytime jackasses like you open your mouths the entire left wing looks even more irrelevent than before.

Keep yapping shitbird.

<a href="http://www.jihadwa... (Below threshold)
Stephen H.:


Ground Zero mega-mosque leaders' anti-Semitic tweet

Haaretz published an erroneous story saying that the leaders of the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero were going to move the mosque elsewhere. In response, the Park51 group, that is, the mosque leadership, published the anti-Semitic tweet at the bottom of this series (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Park51: Correction, we will be publishing an official twitter response to the Haaretz story and the Hamas comments.

Park51: Official: Reports by Haaretz are completely false. We are committed to plans of building Park 51 to serve the community of Lower Manhattan.

Park51: We are also deeply thankful to the President of the United States and the Mayor of New York City for their support.

Park51: Official: Hamas does not and will not speak for Park51. Our mission is one of peace, understanding, tolerance and faith.

Park51: On a side note, if Haaretz likes publishing fables, perhaps they could go back to the Yiddish ones with parables #welikethosebetter

Pamela has the screenshot of the tweet here. Also she has a revealing look at some of the people Park51 follows on Twitter. Take a look.

Well with any luck they can... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Well with any luck they can build radical mosques next to Indie and Steve Crickmore.

(Mr. Rogers exits taxi at G... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

(Mr. Rogers exits taxi at Ground Zero)
"It's a lovely day in the the neighborhood..,
a lovely day for a neighbor...could you be
mine, Mr. Mustafa,.....would you be mine...?"

If that mosque-video arcade... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

If that mosque-video arcade-martial arts
center IS built, I GUARANTEE that within
5 years we will be told that it became
a hotbed of spying, money-laundering
and the major plotting nest of the next
explosions that kill Americans on American
soil. President H. Clinton will smile;
Obama will be globe-hopping for speaking fees
to catch up to the Clintons in net wealth.

I don't believe it for a mi... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I don't believe it for a minute. At most, they might announce some delay or reconsideration just to take it off the front burner until after the election. They have pretty much everything they need to build it in terms of approval from the City, all that remains is to buy out Con-Ed's half interest in the building, which the utility will not refuse to sell to anyone at their set price.

If donations are drying up, putting off the realization of the project until after the election could make sense, and perhaps even save a Democratic seat or two, and the muslims always prefer a weak and submissive foe.

PARK PLACE? That's the addr... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

PARK PLACE? That's the address? Hell, I'll
a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card to build up in Harlem!

Every time jackasses like y... (Below threshold)

Every time jackasses like you open your mouths the entire left wing looks even more irrelevent contemptible than before.

Fixed it for you!

Oh, phooey. The strikeout t... (Below threshold)

Oh, phooey. The strikeout tag doesn't seem to work, even though it did in the preview.

Now Reid's saying it should... (Below threshold)

Now Reid's saying it shouldn't be built there.

How INSENSITIVE can the man be?

Oh, wait - he's up for re-election this year, isn't he?

He's probably going "On the one hand, I can support Obama and all his programs and this dumb-ass agenda he's pushing... and lose big-time, because I know my serfs aren't buying it any more.

"On the other, I basically go "Sorry, bub, you're wrong on this..." and maybe get enough street cred to stay in office. Maybe. I've whored myself out so much for him and Pelosi that even if I started talking like Bush about limited government and such nobody would believe me...

"Damn the internet anyway - when we had control, nobody paid any attention to what we said when we contradicted ourselves. Now we can't get away with shit!"

LACK OF FUNDS??? NONSENSE!... (Below threshold)

LACK OF FUNDS??? NONSENSE!!! Muslims are concerned with having created a "BAD IMAGE??" NONSENSE!!!! ILL WILL??? BULLSHTEIN!!!! My guess is that, under immense pressure from non-Muslim members of his party, already worried to death about the drubbing they may face in a couple of months, Hussein called his buddy and the Mosque "sponsor", the King of Saudi Arabia, and asked that this story be put out. After the election, the building will be back on!!! Sub humans who practice a "religion" which demands they murder non-believers and steal all of their possessions do NOT relent because of concern that someone might not LIKE them!!!






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