August 19th, 2010
11:40 AM ET
8 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.

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. John C.

    Isn't he the same guy who made over $10m from speaking fees in Islamic conutries and over $15m in service "security consulting" fees to the same countires post 9/11? What a hypocrite!

    August 19, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Of course Giuliani loves to promote fear and intolerance to keep the right-wing base in their comfort zone of diaper filling fear.
    "thuffering thuka-tash"
    When are these Repubs gonna grow those chahoonas Phailin is always jabbering about??

    August 19, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Ted

    I was wondering when this moron would crawl out from under a rock.

    Rudy – what do we have to show for nine years after the attacks at ground Zero? Just a huge hole in the ground. Nothing has been built. The deal was that a huge skyscraper was going to be built in the place of the Twin Towers to SHOW THE TERRORISTS THAT WE WILL NOT BE CONQUERED BY THEIR TERROR. Remember that?

    So here we are the might US of A, showing impotence to the terrorists because we cannot get our heads out of the hole in the ground.

    Come on Rudy. Get some cajones and get the hole in the ground developed.

    August 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. La Piovra

    No, buildings shouln't move forward – or anywhere, unless something disastrous happens to them, which occurred on this mayor's and his party's watch. What moved forward was his self-inflated reputation, which had him single-handedly fighting fires and dragging out injured people at The Towers. That story is no nearer the truth than he was to Ground Zero that day.

    August 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Ryan

    Just cause you can do something in this country does not mean you should do it. This is not about Freedom of Speech or anything like that , it is about using a little common sense and sensitivity to the fallen. Something the democrats have very little of today. I tell you what would you build a Catholic Cathedral in Mecca? Or a monument to Hitler in Israel? Seriously people , use your heads!!!!

    August 19, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Healer

    They should get the $100 million dollars and send it to Pakistan since 4 million people lost their homes and I bet many mosques were destroyed.

    August 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. I can see November

    Someone else that gets it. Too bad our president doesn't. Of course it's a Constitutional right to build it there, but that doesn't mean it's not an insensitive decision by the planners!

    August 19, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Dave

    Wow, I wonder how the palestines feel now? Everyone that opposes the building of the mosque in ny should understand that now. The should recognize now that when we drop bombs and kill innocent family members, women and children that America doesn't look so great abroad.

    August 19, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Thank you, for weighing in. I agree.

    August 19, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. keeth

    What is not healing is the hypocrisy of the GOP and the red herring they are dangling in front of the November elections. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the private free-market are being trampled upon for political gain (GOP) and political cowardice (Harry Reid, et al).

    August 19, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. frag

    The reality is that, right now, if you want to show that your brain is as small as an Islamic terrorist, you do not go forward with this project. You then demonstrate that you are as closed minded, and fanatical as they are. That you don't believe in the constitution of these United States. Shame on you Rudi!

    August 19, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. JJ

    The project is not divisive. The bigoted Republicans that are using this issue for political points are divisive.

    August 19, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. call it a day

    Hes always seemed a little smarmy to me. but i agree with him on this

    August 19, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. sajison

    I just can't agree with these statements. Yes this is divisive but I think the fact that this is an issue in the first place shows that these issues are already there and are being swept under the carpet so to speak. I think having a true national conversation about this, not just spewing heinous and incorrect information about it will only help to bring people together. at least that is my hope.

    August 19, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |

    So now the GOP wants to eliminate the 1st Amendment along with the 14th.

    Vote NO in November to the party of NO.

    August 19, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Pkm

    I think the state of ny should take a vote do want the people say how much more can ny take

    August 19, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Guiliani is an incoherent clueless dirtbag!

    August 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Susan L.

    Why is it that Republicans are suddenly against private property rights? Is that not 100% sacrosanct that you can do whatever you want with YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY? They OWN that building. After 9 years on the market, they're the only ones who wanted to buy it. Suddenly, because these are white male Christians wanting to do something someone else doesn't like with their own private property, Republicans are up in arms.

    The next time you have an issue with what you can/can't build on your own private property, Republicans, I'll remember this. That right is not absolute in your minds. If you say otherwise, you're hypocrites.

    August 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Jilli

    Who cares what Rudy thinks?

    August 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Rudy is a moron.

    August 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    your thieving daughter should be kept away from ground zero

    August 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. ja

    people of all faiths can find ways to justify, whatever whenever

    August 19, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. E. Coli-Tainted Palin Word Salad Consumed By Media

    Does anyone even listen to Rudy "9/11" Giuliani anymore? He about as relevant and respected as Sarah Palin these days. How 'bout another rousin' run for president, Rudy? Got like that Florida primary "strategery" you employed last time around, suffering, succotash Sylvester.

    August 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Comrade Bush

    Well it's illegal to marry your cousin, but that didn't stop Giuliani.

    August 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. ronalde

    does any one pay attention to what rudy say,he is like a bad penny just keep on showing up,please go and stay gone.

    August 19, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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