Mosque Controversy Hits the Streets of New York

By: CBS
By: CBS

Tensions ran high Sunday near Ground Zero with both sides of the debate over construction of an Islamic community center that would include a mosque, taking to the streets to voice their opinion, protestors shouting “No to the mosque!”

Daisy Khan is co-developer of the $100 million project, along with her husband. She was asked if moving the site, now some two blocks from Ground Zero, was a possibility.

“Right now it's not until we consult with all our stakeholders,” she said.

Among the supporters of the right to build the center is President Obama.

“I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion,” the president said earlier this month.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is another supporter.

New York Governor David Paterson, on the other hand, has asked for some sort of compromise that would allow people to “feel more comfortable.”

Families of September 11th victims are split in their views on building the Islamic center – some for it, some against.


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