August 17th, 2010
12:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Paterson seeking to relocate mosque

 New York Gov. David Paterson plans to meet with leaders planning the Islamic center and mosque which has become a storm of political controversy.
New York Gov. David Paterson plans to meet with leaders planning the Islamic center and mosque which has become a storm of political controversy.

(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson called Rep. Peter King Tuesday to inform the New York Republican of his plans to meet with leaders of a controversial Islamic center and mosque "to discuss plans to move to an alternate site" later this week, a spokesman for King tells CNN.

King's spokesman did not have any more details on the meeting, and did not know whether these leaders would be interested in relocating.

Paterson called King after the governor heard him on the John Gambling radio show Tuesday morning discussing a proposal that Paterson suggested last week for possibly finding another site. According to King's spokesman, the congressman said on the radio show that he thought Paterson's plans "made the most sense."

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


Filed under: David Paterson • issues • New York
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. ken

    You can't just move them to the most undesirable piece of property, also the community needs of the area will still not be satisfied. Either you give them good property in another needy neighborhood of equal value and sell the plot to another charity (sating the need of downtown). Or perhaps the community center can incorporate christian and jewish prayer centers as well in the building.

    August 17, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. JM

    At least somebody is trying to be constructive...

    August 17, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Sense

    Yeah; lets move it into the middle of the woods in middle America; a compound out there has less of a chance of doing harm than a building on a city block...

    August 17, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Kathleen

    Create Drama just when America was 'forgetting" about you. Isn't that what is going on within this upcoming campaign. Create Drama. Change the Subject. we , the people cannot even believe T.V. commercials. I check with Politifact.

    August 17, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. MarineIk

    You move this Mosque, our country is no worst then the terrorists and Nazis themselves. When are we going to stop with this bs and stop listening the jews that run this country? When are we going to start treating people equally? The community center has a kitchen, basketball court, and education services for everyone. Give a me a break. And you wonder why muslim countries hate America? Its our affiliation with hate.

    August 17, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Those who have eyes to see

    Even Gov. Paterson can see more clearly than Pres. Obama.

    August 17, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Eric

    I am no David Patterson fan, but if he could pull this off, I'd give him a second look.

    The fact is, no one is doubting whether this is constitutional or not. No one is doubting whether it CAN be done. It can.

    The question is whether it SHOULD be done.

    I've heard some say, "This is a teaching moment, to show muslims how free and different and accomodating and 'tolerant' we are."

    Well, I say that cuts both ways. I agree, this IS a teaching moment, and it would be a great teaching moment for muslims to say, "Ya know, we COULD build here, but it would be insensitive, so we WON'T build here, just to show how understanding we are of others' sensibilities. ...Just to show we respect America, Americans, their sensibilities, and 'we get it.'"

    I keep hearing, "Oh, gosh, we can't offend the muslims. They might get angry." Well, how about the other way around... how about muslims start considering whether they are offending Americans?

    August 17, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Dale

    So what about the radicals Wahabi / Saudi,, brainwashing and Teaching hate to Muslims here in the United States, and in the United Kingdom.

    (They are Teaching this hate Over the INRERNET) from (SAUDI ARABIA and other Arab countries).

    Why is there not something being done about RADICALS by MUSLIMS that say they are good Muslims.

    Get involved MUSLIMS,,, turn them in,,, Put a stop to Radical Muslims.

    August 17, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    I agree. From my view, to build on or up anywhere near the Twin tower site now or in the future is just plain wrong.....it's not about religion..doctrine....or worship...this area is a Sacred Site , it's that simple. Would you build a house on your families gravesite?
    Though the dead are no longer with us..it is the respect they are due that is being called for, and respect for those left behind who suffer.

    August 17, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Bobby

    It does make sense. There is nothing at all wrong with asking. If the answer is no,the answer is no. It does not say in the constitution that you cannot ask. I am sure that the builders and folks sponsoring this have had a chance to see how Americans feel about it. Hopefully, they will respect these feelings and move the plans. If not, they will build as planned. Nothing wrong with respectively asking. It is a shame other leaders would not even be respectful enough to simply ask.

    August 17, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Whatever

    He should but out of this too!!!!! You didn't check your aide who assualted his wife or girlfriend but you want to chime in on this. SHUT UP!!!!

    August 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Jim Steele

    Finally, a real leader working for a solution rather than ramming the letter of the law down the throats of 9/11 victims. Go Paterson!

    August 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Wisdom

    Supporters of the mosque talk about improving relations between Muslims and Non-Muslims; but what if it leads to some kind of massacre? I don't think that will help relations much.

    August 17, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. NY thinkers

    Even Paterson has more common sense than Obama.

    (Sure it is legal, but is it right?)

    August 17, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. David Belger

    Hey Dave what if they told you that you needed to move your church? For no good reason other that the people didn't like it there. Or Dave since you're black you can't shop at any of the stores, your kids can only go to a black school Oh that did happen to you and me and we didn't like either, and if you went nation wide the polls would have been in the favor of seperate but equal.

    August 17, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Thoroughbred

    This continued selective perception as well as enforcement of federal law by the Obama Administration has worn thin with just about everyone except the left base of the Democratic Party. Affirming the freedom to worship as fundamental to our system is a good thing; selectively forgetting the freedom to voice opposition to it is glaring.

    So, too, selective enforcement of federal immigration law, selective enforcement of civil rights laws, selective enforcement of voter intimidation laws. This selectivity makes the President's affirmation of the location of the mosque look ludicrous.

    Just when is he going to be President of all the people?

    August 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. eric_in_tx

    How come is it that if you oppose the mosque being built there you are intolerant but the people WANTING to build the mosque there AREN'T intolerant of those that lost loved ones there?

    Did ANY Christian faith seek to build a church their to symbolize the prayers and bonding that formed because of that fateful day? Uh, nope. Why? Because it just doesn't make sense. There is STILL alot of hurt there. WHY build the mosque there? WHY? And like I said, why are we not calling those that want to build the mosque intolerant?

    August 17, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. sensibile Cape Coral FL

    Peter King used to be one of my favorite Congresssmen. But his lack of tolerance and his sheer stupidity have really turned me off. It's a pity how these men change so radically to suit the times.

    August 17, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. carl

    Finally.. someone that is trying to provide a solution! I'm soooo tired of those that just protest without ever trying to find a viable solution.

    Trying to find a suitable place to relocate the Mosque is really the best solution. Americans don't want to look racist, however, that is exactly how we look at this moment. By just protesting we are increasing the hate that Muslims have for the United States. If we approach the situation without anger (attract more flies with honey) we will have better luck.

    I applaud you Paterson!

    August 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Ed

    I've been a Christian my entire life and don't understand why the entire Islamic nation should have to pay for the deeds of a handful of militant terrorists by being disallowed to locate a cultural center in lower Manhattan.

    August 17, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Sele

    This issue should be a non issue at all moslems were among the thousands that were killed on that day Americans are loving people and should show the world that it is really a United states where the rights and freedom of religion is welcomed, I am a christian but I would allow them build the islamic center there because i believe that my God is greater than any religion and he is a God of love, and love conquers all

    August 17, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    It does not matter WHERE you move it!! It is clear that the RepubliCAN'Ts will still have a problem with it........... MARK MY WORDS!!!

    August 17, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. scott

    Moving to a different site is a great idea...but I do not hold out much hope that the persons behind this will agree as this will not be representative of their goal....sign of conquest.

    August 17, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. meinNH

    Move it to Alabama .....

    August 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. velahan

    Stay out of it Paterson. This will not help your political career.

    August 17, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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