The Landmarks Preservation Commission has cleared the way for a mosque to be built just two blocks from Ground Zero in New York.
The commission unanimously denied landmark status to a 152-year-old lower Manhattan building, opening the door for developers to tear it down and build the Cordoba Initiative's Islamic center.
The organization says its goal is to foster a better relationship between the Muslim world and the West. Mayor Michael Bloomberg praises the decision, calling it a key test of Americans' commitment to religious freedom.
Opponents say the mosque disrespects the memory of those killed on 9-11. The American Center for Law and Justice says it will challenge the commission's decision in state court.
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