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Debate Over Location of NY Mosque Heats Up

Protesters gathered in New York City Sunday to demonstrate against the mosque and community center planned for a site two blocks away from ground zero.

It was rainy and it was wet but that did nothing to dampen the passions of those who don’t want a mosque near Ground Zero.

“No mosque, not here, no mosque, not here, not mosque, not here, no mosque!” chanted the crowd.

There were signs using dripping, blood-red letters reading 'sharia" to describe Islam’s code of law and American flags..

Hundreds of them, as people from all over the metropolitan area converged in lower Manhattan to say they will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent the building of a mosque near the site of the 9-11 attacks.

“Enough is enough! I don’t care if I’m all by myself in front of that building I will stand with that wrecking ball right in the trajectory. They will have to crush me to get to that building,” said protestor Andy Sullivan.

“No mosque, not here, not now, not ever!” said Dr. Herbert London.

Worried police cordoned off the entire block on park place where developers want to build a 13-story, $100 million mosque and cultural center. A cop stood guard at the door and the NYPD "eye in the sky" reinforced the security.

Among the protesters were 9-11 families. Also former firefighter Tim Brown, a 9-11 responder who escaped tower two just before it collapsed. He lost 93 friends.

“I’m offended that they are trying to leverage the deaths of my friends to recruit people into sharia law. This is a radical Islamic law that goes against everything the United States constitution speaks to. We will not let that happen on the cemetery of our friends and the cemetery of my friends,” said Brown.

“In their religion they believe that you build a mosque on the siter of your recent victory is this appropriate,” said Margaret Buck.

“The world trade center was a symbol of America and they want shove their symbol up our you know what,” said John Castelucci.

“It’s an insult at the location where it is they can build a mosque anywhere in the city they don’t have to build one this close to such sacred ground,” said Thomas Tucker.

The protestors say they will not back down and will continue to make their case in the courts and the court of public opinion

A group of mosque supporters held a counter-demonstration nearby.

Authorities say the demonstrations were peaceful for the most part but there were some nose-to-nose confrontations.


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