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, where part of the landing gear of one of the hijacked planes crashed through the roof of the building, is sacred and hallowed ground clearly shows he does not have the best interest of the families and friends of 9-11 victims at heart.
The Imam continues to miss the point Americans are tolerant, but Americans understand this is not the place to build a mosque.
As you know, we have filed a lawsuit challenging the project. The suit, filed August 4th in New York State Supreme Court in New York charges the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission acted arbitrarily and capriciously and "contrary to decades of administrative precedent" when it rejected landmark status for the building.
The lawsuit is posted here.
We will be filing an amended complaint in the weeks ahead focusing on the fact that the mosque developers do not own the entire proposed site and do not possess the legal right to proceed with demolition or construction.
The ACLJ represents Tim Brown, a firefighter and first responder, who survived the Twin Towers collapse and lost nearly 100 friends.
We've also heard from thousands of Americans who have signed on to petitions opposing the mosque project. If you haven't added your name yet, please do so now. You can sign the petition here.