Ground Zero Site Not Suitable for Islamic Mosque | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

By Jay Sekulow1307571237000

Our attorneys at the New York State Supreme Court presented our arguments today in a critical hearing - arguments that clearly show that an Islamic mosque should not be built at a site in Ground Zero.

As you know, we've engaged this issue since last summer, when we filed our lawsuit challenging the City's decision not to landmark a building at Ground Zero - a move that would have prevented the mosque from moving forward.

We represent Tim Brown, a New York City firefighter who survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  In court today, we argued the building must be preserved.

The fact is that this site, in the shadow of the Twin Towers where landing gear from one of the hijacked planes landed, is part of sacred, hallowed ground and not the place to build a mosque.

Such a move is deeply offensive to many Americans - especially the family and friends of 9/11 victims.

We filed suit against the City and the complaint is posted here. The suit names New York Citys Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), the New York City Department of Buildings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the mosques developers. 

In our Opposition to the Respondents Motion to Dismiss and our Reply Affirmation filed with the court, we argued that the LPC abused its discretion by declining to landmark the building that would be replaced by the mosque, a building that was severely damaged on 9/11 but remained standing.  We also contend that political pressure from the Mayor Bloomberg's office caused the LPC to act in contravention of prior precedent and to treat the subject building different from nearly identical buildings in the past. 

It's important to note that the City already has landmarked 148 similar buildings.

In the lengthy legal process leading up to this hearing, we have clearly shown that the LPC did indeed act arbitrarily and deviated from its precedent due to political pressures from the Mayors Office and because of the political correctness of a mosque at Ground Zero. 

We will continue to fight for our client, Tim Brown, as well as for all those who lost loved ones on 9/11 and all Americans who agree that this mosque has no place at Ground Zero.

As you know, there's tremendous opposition to this project.  Nearly 300,000 Americans already have signed on to our Committee to Stop the Ground Zero Mosque. If you haven't added your name yet, please take a moment and do so here.

The court said a decision on today's hearing could come within four weeks.  We will keep you posted on developments as they unfold.

 

Latest in
Jihad

Boko Haram Weaponizes Children as "Human Bombs"

By ACLJ.org1505397600000

“ Human bombs . . . one was a baby strapped to a girl.” In the West African nation of Nigeria, people have long shuddered at the name Boko Haram – notably the deadliest, cruelest, most despicable, and heinous jihadist terror group in Africa. The governor of the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno,

read more

Al-Shabaab’s Resurgence

By ACLJ.org1504190594857

They asked “the villagers to produce their identification cards and if you were found to be a Christian you would be shot or slaughtered." These recently uttered ominous words of Pastor Henry Divayo – head of the church in the town of Witu, Kenya – describe what has become a widespread and...

read more

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Terror in Barcelona

By ACLJ.org1503004758052

Jihadist terror struck Barcelona, Spain today, murdering at least 12 and injuring more than 50 others, as the decimating toll rises. ISIS has now claimed responsibility for this attack through its official news agency Amaq. As Reuters reports : It was not immediately clear how many attackers were...

read more

Focusing the Fight to Destroy ISIS

By Wesley Smith1496930055132

It has been said there is a new sheriff in town in the person of President Donald Trump. Significantly, there is also a new general on the global battlefield to defeat ISIS and the broader threat of radical Islamic terror. That man is Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The retired four-star...

read more