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

Paterson seeking to relocate mosque

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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. diridi

    It is a religious freedom...enshrined and postulated in the not be an idiot....ok....It is a Freedom of lose...stupid...

    August 17, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. jim

    I hope he can get this done.Obama has shown stupidy in getting involved in this issue.

    August 17, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh Jessup!

    What the Democrapps lack is stick-to-itvidness(sp!). The Rethugs have TONS of it. Let's steal some.

    Someone in a previous blog said it beautifully. Paraphrasing: The Rethugs have nothing to offer but they are good at getting their message across; the Democrats have something to offer but are not good at getting their message across.

    The Democrapps are once again caving in like a house of cards.


    August 17, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Rush Goebbels

    Wow a one eyed man can see better than the radical rightwing fringe who are so desperate,they will try anything to get back in power.There must be a God but the right doesnt really know him,they think Rush the blowhard is God.

    August 17, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Doyle Wiley, MI

    It’s unfortunate that politics is more important than the Constitution of the United States of America.

    August 17, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Jamie

    Often the worst kind and source of censorship is not put on by outside force, but internal.

    August 17, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. IKHAN

    Firstly we should understand that there is no Ground Zero Mosque as those rabid opponents would have us believe. As if a mosque is being raised on Ground Zero itself.
    Project ts basically a community center with a swimming pool, auditorium restaurants etc open for the community.
    The leader is a well known interfaith promoter who worked closely with Bush admn.
    This center would be located two blocks away from Ground Zero & that area already has a Strip Bar & adult video shops & such.So much for its mistakenly being called hallowed ground.

    August 17, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Rickster

    I don't think the "religion of peace" leaders will be interested in moving their victory mosque away from the sight of their cowardly deed.

    August 17, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    My guess is that President Obama doesn't really care one way or the other.

    August 17, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Kevin -- Evansville, IN

    Why is this an issue? Surely Americans are not so bigoted to condemn all Muslims based on the actions of a few?

    I really don't see Islam as the cause of the WTC destruction. Had Christian missionaries converted these impoverished countries hundreds of years ago, we likely would have been attacked by Christian extremists. The problem is extremism not the religion. Radical Christians (like Greg Phelps) likewise want to see the destruction of the U.S. One religion can be just as bad as any other, and these customs are largely just a matter of where a person is born.

    So much for turning the other cheek. The same people who killed Jesus now would call themselves "Christians." I don't think they can see the irony.

    August 17, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. PubcrawlerNW

    Here we go again! Poitical season. The time when all the hacks feel they have to start pandering to the flat earthers. Are we seriously going to tell the Muslim world that America will not let a mosque be built a couple miles from the WTC site by reason of the crimes of a few self-proclaimed 'religious' lunatics? How about the Germans and Japanese who killed hundreds of thousands of Americans? They're our best buds now. Why? Ca-ching, ca-ching. They talk the GOP lingo.

    August 17, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Douglas in NYC

    I work in NYC, midtown to be exact. I've been in downtown Manhattan, been to The World Trade Center when it was standing and after is was attacked. I was in NYC that day, again in Midtown many blocks away.

    Any proposed location for this Mosque in lower Manhattan will still only be a few blocks away. This city and its traffic are so clogged, 2 blocks or even 3 blocks away is miles away when compared to any other city.

    I'd prefer another site be selected, however, legally it can be built where they propose it. And isn't this what the Republicans keep saying, this is a Nation of laws, we have to protect the Constitution. Well guess what, that's EXACTLY what happened, laws were followed, the Constitution protects this project. Now because this doesn't fit their political agenda, still can't figure out what their agenda is, they want to again trample all over the laws and constitution!

    I even get into the crimes that have been committed over the years in the name of Christianity! If that were the case, and you followed the republican reasoning, there won't be a Christian church anywhere in the world.

    Now, what I would like to see, if this project moves forward, is the Muslim community, open the center up to everyone and educate people about the true beliefs and teachings of Islam....Not convert people, but show them reach out to them. There have been many great advances that have come out of the Muslim world. Great teachers, scientists...Hey wait maybe that's why republicans feel threatened, philosophers etc.

    August 17, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    They make ZERO sense. Paterson is a milktoast pantwetter who is trying to save his political career by pandering rather than having the guts to stand up for what is right. Just wait...some jerkwad is going to suggest using the power of eminent domain to take these peoples' land from them in order to prevent this mosque-that's-not-at-ground-zero, and it'll eventually go all the way to the SCOTUS to be decided that it's NOT a valid public purpose and therefore an invalid exercise of the eminent domain power. Lawyer who lands that case is going to be one lucky dude...heck, the money top be made off suing NYC and the state of NY if they start delaying and denying any plans that get submitted would be sweet too, especially if you tack on a section 1983 civil right violation suit. But hey, some hurt feelings and a lot fo political sh-t flinging...that's a perfectly good reason for the state and city to risk millions in legal fees and a potential windfall verdict by stomping all over these peoples' rights. They should submit the plans to the PLanning Department tomorrow and lock this thing down.

    August 17, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Who's boneheaded the most?

    Will the Muslims allow us to put up a 13 story church or synagogue two and a half blocks from Mecca? Inquiring minds want to know. And if not, is it because we are sensitive or they are insensitive?

    Why are the Jews and Christians fleeing the Holy Land, their favorite place, according to National Geographic? Read it and find out.

    August 17, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Jim

    Move it about 1000 miles to the east. As a liberal I can see what the radical islamists are trying to do and destroying the freedoms we currently enjoy.

    August 17, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. amarjit sehmi

    Is Islamic cleric holding US to ransom with illusion to be moderate in his philosophy or doctrinee? Is this Imam already dominating political power & hold on America for this particular spot leaving behind Pentagon which was simultaniously attacked in 911. America is silently watching its own leadership & their moral performance as well vision. People of America on the streets, parks & walking through American land of liberty are against this hardliner attitude to be near the ground Zero & not elsewhere. It may affect the political balace as well hurting the troops fighting abroad fighting for American liberty which is not there.

    August 17, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Eric M

    What happened to separation of church and state?

    August 17, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Christie

    Stop giving in to non issues and pressure. People want a politician to stand for something – keep running and you stand for anything to save your jobs. Either you stand with the Consitutition or you stand against it – one can not have it both ways.

    August 17, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. John Hennesy Black

    Leave these people alone!

    It is solely up to them where and when they will build their mosque/community center; the more politicians get involved with this decidedly NON-ISSUE the more hatred and fear they create within the minds of those incredibly stupid, superstitious and mentally challenged Christians who are all addicted to the hatred and vengeance of the Old Testament of their Bible – you know, before their God went to anger management training.

    Have we not learned anything from how we treated the Germans in America, following the war, the Japanese after the war?

    We must be the most over-emotional, least rationale people on the face of the entire planet... sort of makes me sad for spending 8 years in the military, risking my life to protect these buffoons…

    August 17, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. ronalde

    thats the problem with democrats thry always cave in to right winged nuts,what are they scared of,they need to grow some balls and stand up to them.

    August 17, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Frank from Gilroy

    The President stated a fact. "It is unconstitutional to deny the Mosque based on religion".
    Unlike the GOP who say they are all for the Constitution unless it is in opposition of there hate or fear campaigns. At least he has the balls to say something that is a fact and that he knows is going to be a looser from a political standpoint.
    The media is wacked for running with this story. Once again letting Faux News run them down a rat hole and then finding out they have to follow because there is no way back to reality.
    The Media knows the Constitution states exactly what the president said and still they do nonstop reporting on the emotion of a factual statement.

    August 17, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Donnatella

    Finally somebody with some common sense just move the freakin Mosque to another location.

    August 17, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. DAS

    I understand what he's trying to do, but doesn't offering state land for the project violate seperation of church and state?

    August 17, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Mike Howard

    Time to start thinking with our heads and not our hearts. Everything needs to be looked at and considered before we should allow them to build anything anywere. I think the American people as a whole do not trust them, and we are being given anything to contradict this lack of trust. We should look at the effect they have on other Countries, economies, governments, etc. Then decide how far we want these issues to go. The Constitution is what it is, but nothing beats good oh comon sence.

    August 17, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. Elder Joe

    Hats off to Gov. Paterson. I think Gov. Paterson always comes up with a solution to whatever problem is voiced in the news. I think he should run for Governor. He makes his announcements of financial doom, but comes up with a plan. His plans to meet with Islamic leaders is a very good one. He is indeed an ambassador for mediation. I agree with his views to have the mosque moved to another place. This issue is an irritant to our nation's eyes. Would they allow the US to erect a religious building in their country if the US was responsible for a bombing in their countries?

    August 17, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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