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  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Sep. 9, 2010

    Imam Misses Opportunity With Insensitive and Divisive Comments

    A demonstrator holds a sign during a Landmarks Commission's hearing on the proposed Cordoba Mosque to be built near the site of the former World Trade Center in New York

    Imam Rauf missed an important opportunity to do the right thing and acknowledge that the planned mosque at Ground Zero should be moved to another location. By interjecting the claim that our national security is at risk if the mosque is not built at that site is not only offensive to the 9-11 victims families and friends, but to an overwhelming majority of Americans who dont want the mosque built at Ground Zero. His comments were insensitive and divisive. By denying the fact that the site, ... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 27, 2010

    Growing Opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque

    Your voice and concern is being heard about plans to build an Islamic mosque at the site of Ground Zero in New York City. A growing number of Americans - now 71% according to the latest CBS News poll - simply don't believe the Ground Zero site is an appropriate site for the mosque. That comes as a growing number of Muslims leaders agree - they don't believe this site is the proper place to build a mosque either. We have compiled comments from a growing number of Muslim leaders in this country and abroad who oppose this location. You can read those comments here. The fact is more and more people understand that building a mosque at this location is insensitive - especially to the families and friends of 9-11 victims - including our client Tim Brown, a firefighter and first responder who survived the Twin Towers' collapse, but lost nearly 100 colleagues that day. For them, the pain never ends. They consider this site hallowed, sacred ground and, like most Americans, don't believe... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jordan Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 26, 2010

    Imam Rauf Should Apologize

    In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news for anti-terrorism efforts: "We are handing al Qaeda a propaganda coup, an absolute propaganda coup." By many accounts, the man who could blunt the power of that coup is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the religious leader behind the planned Islamic Center near Ground Zero. The imam has been surprisingly mum on the issue while he travels in the Middle East. What message of faith could he offer to Muslims and non-Muslims alike that could turn this moment of division into a time of healing? It is Imam Rauf, and not the bipartisan majority of Americans from all walks of life who oppose the Ground Zero Mosque, who must apologize for fueling anti-American Islamic terrorism. As more information about Rauf becomes available, it is clear that he has spread the same kind of propaganda that al Qaeda uses to recruit new terrorists and is out of touch with reality when he joked ... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 18, 2010

    Gearing Up for New Legal Challenges to Stop Mosque

    As you know, developments continue to change almost daily concerning plans to build an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero - the site where thousands of Americans were murdered by Islamic terrorists. 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. Initially, we named only the LPC in the suit. Now, we are preparing an amended suit that will add additional parties and causes of action - as well as seeking an injunction to prevent the building from being demolished. In the weeks ahead, our suit will be amended to name the sites 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 cle... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 16, 2010

    Obama & Hamas Back Ground Zero Mosque

    It is difficult to believe. President Obama backing the disturbing plans to build an Islamic mosque at the site of Ground Zero. Here's his own words of support for the mosque: "As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan in accordance with local laws and ordinances." He attempted to downplay those remarks the next day saying he was not commenting on the 'wisdom' to build the mosque but the 'right' of Muslims to build it. The White House spokesman made it clear, though, that the President "is not backing off in any way" from his comments about the mosque. This Presidential push for the mosque unfolds as the leader of Hamas, a terrorist organization, said the group supports efforts to put a mosque on the site where thousands of Americans were murdered by Islamic terrorists on 9-11. ... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 10, 2010

    US Gov't Backing Ground Zero Imam

    Each day seems to reveal even more troubling developments about the Ground Zero mosque and the people behind it. Today we learned that the U.S. State Department is sponsoring Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf for a taxpayer-funded trip to the Muslim world to promote what the government calls fostering a "greater understanding" of Islam. That's right. This from an Imam who has, on at least one occasion, refused to declare Hamas a terrorist organization. This from an Imam who in the days following the tragic attacks of September 11th said the United States was "an accessory" to the crimes of 9-11. You can read exactly what this Imam has said - in his own words - here. This is absurd. This shows a tremendous lack of judgment on behalf of the State Department and for the American taxpayers to be funding this global journey is not only wrong, but deeply offensive. We demand that the State Department put a halt to the Imam's participation in this publicly-funded trip. We're planning to file a... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 10, 2010

    Defending Sacred Ground

    Demonstrators who support and oppose a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque Park51 stand with signs in front of the site in New York

    Note: ACLJ Counsel Brett Joshpe co-authored this article with ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow for the Washington Times. Last week, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) filed a lawsuit against New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission for denying landmark status to 45-47 Park Place - the site of the infamous would-be ground-zero mosque. We represent a former firefighter and Sept. 11 first responder who lost nearly 100 of his friends and nearly died as well on that tragic day. ... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 9, 2010

    Ownership Questions Raise New Concerns Over Ground Zero Mosque

    A disturbing new development in the quest to build an Islamic mosque on the site of Ground Zero - where thousands of Americans were murdered on September 11th by Islamic radicals. There are now new revelations that the developer does not own the entire site where he would develop an Islamic mosque near Ground Zero raises very serious questions and further legal concerns. As you recall, we filed a lawsuit last week challenging a vote by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Our suit claims that the the city violated the New York City Charter and the New York City Administrative Code. Among the assertions made in the suit: the Landmarks Commission failed to properly review the record on the issue of landmarks status and to consistently apply administrative precedent, it acted hastily in voting to deny landmark status, and it failed to acknowledge the significance of the site as a historic and hallowed landmark from the tragic attacks of 9-11. Now comes word that the deve... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: Ground Zero Mosque   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 4, 2010

    UPDATE: Lawsuit Filed Challenging Ground Zero Mosque

    We have filed a lawsuit today against the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) at the Supreme Court of the State of New York urging the court to nullify a decision yesterday by LPC - a decision that denies landmark status to a historic building clearing the way for an Islamic mosque to be built on the site. We represent Tim Brown, a firefighter and first responder, who survived the 9-11 attacks but lost 100 friends that day. The lawsuit charges that the city violated its own policies and procedures in rejecting landmark status and exhibited "an arbitrary and capricious abuse of discretion and contrary to decades of administrative precedent." What's clear is that this legal challenge points out the fact that the city did not follow its own rules and procedures in this case. The deliberative process was tainted and violated procedural safeguards that have been in place for years. The petition filed today is a proceeding pursuant to Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice... Continue Reading


  • Filed in: ACLJ   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   12:00 AM Aug. 3, 2010

    A Troubling NYC Vote for Ground Zero Mosque

    It's a vote that we knew was coming. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission today voted 9-0 to reject a request to landmark a historic and sacred site at Ground Zero. The unanimous vote bolsters plans to build a $100-million, 13-story Islamic mosque at the site - a site where the landing gear of one of the hijacked planes from 9-11 crashed through the roof of the building. As you know, we are front and center in this challenge. We represent Tim Brown, a decorated NYC firefighter - a first responder who survived the 9-11 attacks but watched 100 friends perish. At the same time, we are representing thousands of you who have signed on to our Committee to Stop the Ground Zero Mosque. The actions taken by the city clearly represent a blatant disregard for the city's own procedures, while ignoring the fact that this is a historic and hallowed site that should not be destroyed to build an Islamic mosque. It has been clear from the beginning that the city has engaged in a ... Continue Reading