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. TX-MBell

    They won't relocate because the location is a political/religious symbol of victory.
    The name for it is even sybolic of their intentions.

    August 17, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Me

    New York Governor David Patterson is a coward and he is not willing to fight for the principals that made this nation great.

    August 17, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. crymore

    Finally someone with the stones to do something.

    August 17, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Ricky atl

    Why, what the distance that would be expectable? I dont hear the GOP up in arm every time a Catholic Church goes up next to a play ground!

    August 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Renee

    I know it's hard to see anything else constructed on ground zone. There's still a lot of pain and anger since the destruction to the World Trade Center on 9/11. I wish we would choose to memorialize the people that lost their lives by reconstructing a better and more secure World Trade Center II. This would show the world that we are moving on and not living our lives in fear and intimidation. Let's build it big, better, secure and fabulous.

    August 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Dan Doll

    How is this becoming a political issue?

    Dear Senator, please also see to it that the Taco Bell on 5th Avenue is relocated to the corner of 34th and Park Avenue where it will be more convenient for my morning commute. The President's message regarding the location of this restaurant has so far been 'incoherent'.

    August 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. opus512

    That's great, run 'em out of town. That'll show those Islamic terrorists they were right about us.....

    ....wait, what?

    August 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Kalid

    How far is far enough? Can they build a mosque within 5 blocks of the WTC? 10? 20? On the island of Manhattan?

    August 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Anne P

    Gee, a politician with a proposed solution! Good for Gov. Paterson for taking this on and not just sitting on the sidelines whining. Let's see where civil dialogue can take this rather than emotional rants and irrational judgment. Hopefully there's a sound solution out there.

    August 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Cleve

    First off, I can't believe this guy is still in office!! However, he seems to be one of the only people in office willing to take a stand to relocate this planned mosque to an alternative site. It only makes sense. Would you want a Nazi group building anything near the concentration camps in Germany?? It's the same principle!!!

    August 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What a joke.

    August 17, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. XWngLady

    SAD..SAD..SAD! I mean, are we in kindergarten? In this world, we don't always get what we want, especially if what we want is a violation of someone's constitutional right! Are you serious? The bottom line is, these people have the right to build their place of worship/commmunity center on private property if they want. I understand the sensitivity of the issue, but there are plenty of things that I don't like, for instance, I don't like it that the KKK can march through the streets with police protection that my tax dollars pay for...but guess what? they can and do. Its amazing how people want everyone else to "get over it" unless it is something that affects them....Now that its their turn to "get over it" they refuse to do....If they make these people move their center, I will be extremely dissapointed in America.

    August 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Bill

    I don't care if they build the Mosque there... But for Gods sake help St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church do the same.

    August 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Shirley in California

    This is precisely what is wrong with America – freedom of religion. To many mosque. I hope they do move it. How about to the middle east?

    August 17, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Pat

    This mosque should move. It would be the same as putting a Japaneese memorial right next to the USS Arizona memorial. Yes, Japanese Americans were mistreated during WWII and a memorial to that affect would be appropriate, but still not next to the Pearl Harbor. Its insensitive. If the people wanting to build the mosque would move their location it would probably go a long way in changing some of the prejudice feelings that may exist from non Muslim people.

    Here's another analogy, lets build a Confederate museum right next to the White House.

    August 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. librarian

    The so-called "ground zero mosque" will NOT be located at ground zero but several blocks away. Is there something in this country called "freedom of religion"??? Are we so stupid as to confuse Islam with Al-Qaeda? Are we about to become bigots and forget our values?

    August 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Ser Scot

    As a conservative I have to say I believe moving the "Mosque" or preventing its construction is horrible idea. We have the right to freely exercise our religious faith in this nation. Denying permission to build is an infringment upon that right. Further, it's private property they should be able to build there if they like.

    I support the construction of this Mosque/community center.

    August 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Steve in Denver

    Democrats – especially Ried and Patterson:

    Please start leading the country in the right direction. The first amendment requires that we allow all religions freedom. The pigs on the right who would speak otherwise are clearly advocating to abandon the first amendment and make the US a theocracy.

    THIS IS WRONG. Please, for once in your spineless life, stand up for what is right, and let America judge you for it. The right wing is wrong on this one, stop trying to meet in some middle. The constitution is clear. You took an oath to uphold it. Sometimes, we just need to work on right and wrong. Those who oppose this mosque are WRONG.

    August 17, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Lib Hunter

    They should build it right next door to the White House. This would make it more convenient for Obama to worship.

    August 17, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. herrer

    I really do feel that this issue is really comdenming a group of indivuduals in which there is no evidence to say that they are a terrorist group. People are blowing this way out of proportion just ask Newt Gingritch about his comment and it is really not fair. There has been a Muslim mosque similiar to this just a couple of blocks from ground zero and it has never been a problem. There is no evidence to suggest that this group where responsible for 9/11 nor that they sympathize with radical groups. Even if they do sympathize with a group like Hamas as the New York Daily News reports that does not mean that they hate American. Its about time people on the far right come to make more sense with their argument and start looking at the facts before coming to some conclusion. Peter King should know better and should concern himself with other things besides this Mosque since New York has been having problems in Albany and let the city deal with this. I admire Bloomberg for what he said and feel that it is not fair to condemn a group of people for the actions of a few and Ferderal Republicans should stay out of the States business. They are using this as a political tool and even George Bush himself stated that not every Muslim is the enemy.

    August 17, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Bill

    And as for calling it an islamic center .... it is just another term for Mosque.... there is nothing in ISLAM that is sperated from its religion.

    August 17, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. WMesser58

    I know a place in Bagdad where it will fit. I'm tried of this being about rights.

    No one is saying they can not build their terriorist place to conspire. I am only saying build it away from a site that represents the scrafice of people who did nothing more than get up and go to work.

    If there were no mosic in New York instead of the thousand they do have then I could see an issue but, one more is not going to make or break these terrorist.

    August 17, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. amarjit sehmi

    It may not enable GOP to win political credits but will certainly get GOP intellectual credits if Mr.Peterson succeeds in relocation & weening away the hardliner from it present proposed location of mosque which does not exist in tangible terms. Prayers are done every where in house, parks, roads & swiming pools to meet their religious timing. Nobody should be allowed to associate with fund raising on the ground zero which is a historical tragedy costing America trillions of dollars & lives of Americans in WTC & in war in Iraq as well Afghanistan. Cause of the tragedy cannot be forgotten for centuries to come. Reconciliation campaign & efforts should be centered centrally not on the scene of tragedy as per American public opinion which is extremely disturbed at the news.

    August 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. WMesser58

    I know a place in Bagdad where it will fit. I'm tried of this being about rights.

    No one is saying they can not build their terriorist place to conspire. I am only saying build it away from a site that represents the scrafice of people who did nothing more than get up and go to work.

    If there were no mosque in New York instead of the thousand they do have then I could see an issue but, one more is not going to make or break these terrorist.

    August 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Lei14lo

    This is horrible. So what if they want to build a Mosque Cultural Center near ground zero. These people did not fly planes into the Towers. These are Americans trying to live in America and have a American experience with their own traditions. People better be careful on how they treat people of other faiths and culturals. If we start acting like bigots then we loose are true Humanity. Why can't people learn from History. This country is full of uneducated people who continually spew hate towards people who are different from them. I am assured what Muslims are feeling now is what many different races have felt through out history. From Blacks to Chinese, to Japanese, to Koreans to Hispanics to Irish etc. I guess Americans feel like it is the Muslims turn. Shame on people who continue the road of bigotry we are to love and respect are neighbors to have peace and understanding. Stop this hatefulness please.

    August 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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