For meAugust 25 2010 at 3:44 PM
Vince (Login MoxiFox)
Response to No.. That is twisting the point.
It's a logical problem .... when all "feeling" issues are, or seem irresolvable.
Do Muslims OWN this piece of land?
Are they ZONED for a temple edifice?
Would there be any problem with them building what they plan to build if 9/11 hadn't happened?
If the answer to all of the above is yes ... then I don't see where there is any problem. As long as they comply with building regulations, they're legally entitled to do what they want with that property. It's like any other building in New York. People can protest the LOOK of the structure -(and may get modifications)- but ... there's nothing stopping them from building what they're legally entitled to build. If it would have been fine before 9/11, then it's just as fine now.
Forget the taste or emotional arguments. Those are simply club-wielding tactics and have no legitimacy on either side. Christians don't like mosques and (probably) Muslims don't like cathedrals either. The issue is (or should be) settled legally by the rules dictating land use. If they let them build a mosque there before, there's nothing stopping them from rebuilding it on the same site.