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

Giuliani says Islamic center should not move forward

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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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  1. Cathy L

    The Mosque should be built where it has been approved. The Muslims lost people that day as well. People just like you and me who got up everyday and went to work than home to their families. Shame on us!!! Do we want to heal? We must open our hearts and heal. Just because they pray in a different way does not mean that they don't believe in the same God. There are extremists in every religion...even Christianity. There are so called "Christians" who walk into church everyday only to walk out of the door ready to spit in your face!!!! It is no wonder that America is an embarrassment around the world, look at the Christians who refuse to open their minds! God Help us all!!!

    August 19, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. carmikal

    Rudy, go tend to your clepto daughter and stay out of grown folks business.

    August 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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