At a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing, the liberal NY swine were right there with the Muslim terrorist supporters calling the rest of us Islamophobic for opposing the mega mosque at Ground Zero.
A city hearing yesterday on the historical significance of the downtown Manhattan site of a proposed mosque quickly turned into a raucous — and at times ugly — debate about whether an Islamic center should be located so close to Ground Zero.
About 150 people crowded into the Hunter College Auditorium in Manhattan for the Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing, held to see if the 152-year-old building at 45-47 Park Place in lower Manhattan had the cultural or architectural consequence worthy of being landmarked.
Those who opposed the construction of the 13-story mosque and community center, called the Cordoba* House, accused their opponents of being unpatriotic and insensitive to the thousands who died on 9/11. (*The name CORDOBA represents the Muslim takeover and domination of Spain before the Crusades drove them out)
But attendees who want to see the $100 million project completed accused their challengers of being racist and encouraging conflict with Muslims. (Islam is NOT a race) One protester, shouting, “Down with this McCarthyistic witch hunt against Muslims,” was escorted out after interrupting speakers against the mosque.)
Sally Regenhard, mother of an FDNY firefighter who died on 9/11, begged the commission to landmark the spot, which could end or complicate plans for the new mosque. “I’m here to represent my son, probationary firefighter Christian Regenhard, a beautiful person who loved all people,” she said. “Follow the guidelines to making this a landmark. Please do not fold to political forces.”
Joseph Reichling of Ridgewood, Queens, said, “Our forefathers are turning in their graves. Have we forgotten what happened on 9/11? We must never forget 9/11. Andrea Quinn echoed his sentiments. “The plan to build a 13-story mosque on that site is ludicrous,” said Quinn of Queens. “Not to preserve this building is to allow for a citadel of Islamic supremacy to be built in its place.”
Zead Ramadan — who said his wife was a first responder on 9/11 — testified for the mosque. “We are picking and choosing which houses of worship can open at which streets and we are opening a can of worms,” he said, adding, “It’s called Islamophobia.” (No, we aren’t, we are only targeting terrorist breeding grounds -mosques)
Rozanne Delgado said, “I’m ashamed of the racism. There’s lots of hatred here.” (IDIOT)
The Landmarks Commission didn’t issue a ruling yesterday. A vote is expected next month. The local community board has already votedunanimously to approve the construction of the mosque. The size and use of the project is allowed under local zoning. If approved, the project’s sponsors say they’d like to begin construction of the 13-story building within the year.
Sharif al-Gamal, a member of the mosque and a partner in the real-estate firm that paid $4.85 million for the building last year, insisted that the building “does not meet the standards of an individual landmark.”
To support that claim, al-Gamal was accompanied by architectural consultant Nathan Riddle, who told the commission there was nothing architecturally unique about the building.
Mosque opponents are hoping that if the Landmark Commission marks the spot as a historical site, the center two blocks north of Ground Zero won’t be built. NY POST