August 19th, 2010
11:40 AM ET
4 years ago

Giuliani says Islamic center should not move forward

 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani says a planned Islamic community center near Ground Zero should not move forward.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani says a planned Islamic community center near Ground Zero should not move forward.

(CNN) - Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that if the developer of a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero was genuinely concerned with healing religious wounds, "he [would] not go forward with this project."

"This project is not healing," Giuliani, the mayor of New York during the 9/11 attacks, told Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show. "This project is divisive, this project is creating tremendous pain to people who have already paid the ultimate sacrifice."

Giuliani said the developer, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, appears to "recognize that there are two ways to interpret the Koran: the better way, which is the peaceful way; or the warrior way, which is the way in which you get into trouble with jihad."

"The reality is that, right now, if you are a healer you do not go forward with this project. If you're a warrior, you do," Giuliani added.

The imam has so far declined to talk with New York Gov. David Paterson about finding a less controversial location to build the facility.


Filed under: Religion • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    Oh good grief, go deal with your sticky finger daughter and your own screwed up issues. NY'ers don't care what you think anymore!

    August 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. DIANA

    Here we go again. This wouldn't be complete without a comment from Mr. 8/11.

    August 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Ken in NC

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani should not move forward either. This man is an IDIOT.

    August 19, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Jacq

    This guy loves trying to cash in

    August 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Bob in PA

    The Imam just appears to be a front man for groups with terrorist ties. The biblical wolf in sheeps clothing.

    August 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. steve

    So why is Matt Lauer asking this guy anything? The public pretty much told Giullani he was not credible by defeating his presidential aspirations three hundred gazillion to one. Why do these major news networks listen to has beens like Gingrich, Giullani, Palin etc? It boggles the mind.

    August 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    The Bush administration told him to make these racist comments and Nancy Pelosi will have him investigated and since he is white, Holder will prosecute him. In the meantime, loyall CNN followers will accuse him of being a "teabagger." This is the drug addled thought process of liberals.

    August 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Augsbee

    I want to hear why the mosque/center has to be build at that location. Is it symbolic to them, in what way????? What gives??????? Price?????? I can see the Mayor, politicians wanting $100 Million. I think by now Muslims must realize most of us are not so dumb as to believe they chose such a location just because it is available. Let's have the truth. What's the deal??????????

    August 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. dale

    With Repubs there alway has to be an either or, good or evil. Must be tiresome.

    August 19, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Future expat

    Giuliani says a lot of things, most of them for political/financial gain, all of them stupid.

    August 19, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. sonny chapman

    Divisive. You should know Rudy, you've made a fortune being divisive.

    August 19, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. rachel

    Im not in favor of the cordoba house beign there, but Rudy shouldn't you be helping your theif daughter who is crying out for help.

    August 19, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. nick

    The hyprocrite! As a self-proclaimed conservative he should defend the right of Islamic Americans to build their house of worship whereever they like preserving their (and our) 1st Amendment rights. To comdemn one whole group of Americans simply because their religious beliefs are not the main-stream's is NOT what America is about. To condemn the innocent because to the crimes of the few is NOT what America is about. To play politics with fundamental human rights is, albeit, the the GOP is about and thast is what they are doing now. Giuliani, as an Italian American, should be sensitive to this very issue: as Catholics and because of the likes of Capone and others Italian Americans were (and in some cases still are) looked down upon as stupid, idolatrous, thugs and weak people. My maternal grand-father told me many a story of the prejudice he experienced at the hands of self-styled protectors of America. Islamic people are in the same boat now: yes, lets punish the subversives and traitors but lets us be American enough to leave the innocent alone.

    August 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Guiliani wasn't concerned about the pain people suffered due to 911, he ran his presidential campaign on the coattail of these same people and now he's at it again. It was Americans who rejected Guiliani because of his own lack of insensitivity, not the Koran.

    August 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Steve in Denver

    Ah, yet another buffoon weighs in. Mr. "law and order" guiliani, on what grounds would you deny private land owners the right to build a community center on their own land? You obviously don't believe in the first, fifth, or fourteenth amendments.

    Time has come to answer "are you American?" The theocratic facists on the right are quickly identifying themselves. To he|| with the constitution if it allows someone to practice a religion different than mine.

    I'll be glad when the large population of low information voters realizes what these right wing zealots stand for – a religious theocracy of wealthy, white "christians" (who never actually follow Christ's teachings) who rule the country.

    August 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Marcus

    Suppose that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf withdraw his project of building the Cordoba House there and move it to somewhere else.
    Will it prevent that bigots/racists/Christian supremacists (you know, those guys who truly think that the Bible and not the Constitution should dictate what is and what is not a Right) keep on using the Islamic faith as an excuse for their fears and rage?
    Will it prevent that they think that the USA won something/anything by forcing him to bow to their whims?
    Me think not.

    August 19, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Steve in Denver

    "The reality is that, right now, if you are a healer you do not go forward with this project. If you're a warrior, you do,"

    Close, st. rudy of 9/11. The reality is if you are a hater, you join the obscene chorus of intolerant a–es who, while professing to be wrapped in the constitution, would deny a landowner the right to build a building that is within zoning regulations based solely on their religion.

    You are a hater. An American, and a healer, would welcome such a center, where al queada's idiotic claim of American imperialism would be met with obvious welcoming of the muslim faith. If you had your way, we would be showing the rest of the world that our constitution is nothing more to us than toilet paper; religious freedom and property rights only matter when you are of the approved religion.

    August 19, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. XWngLady

    Mr. Giuliani,

    In this country you do not get to label people for exercising their constitutional right to life, liberty and PROPERTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If they go ahead with the project, then they are simply American citizens who are exercising their constitutional rights (just like all those who bring their guns to anti-Obama political rallies – but I bet you support them don't you?). If they choose to move it, then they are simply citizens that have done something that they were not required to, and in fact pressured to do. HOW ABOUT THIS.... How about you just get over it and become a healer or you don't get over it, you continue to advocate for the usurping of American's constitutional right and you are then a warrior.

    August 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. A. Moore

    Tell Giuliani to go help his daughter, she needs him more. I don't want to hear a darn thing he has to say. Never liked him, never trusted him.

    August 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Cbass

    I hope white americans now understand the pain that black americans feel when they raise the confederate flag. Just like the mosque the confederate flag is offensive to those that suffered because of it. I hope that they succeed in making the developer move the mosque because it will set the precedent for blacks to rid this country of the offensive confederate flag.

    August 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Jeff in TX

    He's not the mayor. Bloomberg is. What a blowhard.

    August 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Laverne

    So President Obama took an oath to uphold the constitution and is expected to do that, except in cases that make some uncomfortable. This is not about sensitivity, this is about freedom of religion and freedom of worship and the republicans know it! This is also going to come back to bite some fearful dems in the back for being afraid to stand up for the constitution. What in the hell are Americans so afraid of????????

    August 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Joe Gaines

    still waiting to hear the first voice from outer space did someone say something still waiting did someone say something..

    August 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Steve in Denver

    Giuliani said the developer, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, appears to "recognize that there are two ways to interpret the Koran: the better way, which is the peaceful way; or the warrior way, which is the way in which you get into trouble with jihad."

    Yes, mr. noun, verb, and 9/11. The same could be said of "christians" following the bible. You and your ilk are the kind that never read the new testament, you only believe in the warring god of the old testamant. That leads you to advocate for a war against a country that did not attack us, in chorus with a lying president who told us that they had WMD and pose a threat against us.

    Why don't you try reading the teachings of Christ? You'd be in for a shock!

    August 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Tom

    Rudy is the KING of devisive.

    August 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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