There are hundreds of Mosques in NYC. The vast amount of NYC residents grasp the legality of building the Mosque at Park Place. That being said they want the project moved to another location. Muslims are quite adept at the crying game. The crimes of 9-11 were committed in the name of Islam. This does not infer that all Moslems are guilty, but they should grasp the rationale
of respecting the site.
There is a persecution complex in the Muslim community and the fault lies with the leaders of many organizations. Americans are sick of being lied to with such falsehoods as Islam is a religion of Peace, Jihad means inner struggle, Islam was spread by trade and so forth. Muslim leaders need to emulate the example of Stephen Schwartz and renounce terrorism everywhere without word games. They must say the same thing in English as in Arabic. Instead of crying victim at every issue the thought needs to be where do we go from here to a better future.
That being said the current mosque site is not the most conspicuous location. It is two blocks North and in the middle of the block. I work in the area and had to find it. It is not visible from the avenues and a compromise location further away would likely yield a more prominent location.
As far as the Ducks comments about Pam Geller and Robert Spencer I find his hypocrisy to be interesting. The president should not meet with them because it grants them legitimacy. This is the same person that demands Israel meet with the most retrograde of Arab terrorists who are dedicated to their elimination. This reveals the blatant hypocrisy and brain impaired bird brained logic of the Duck. Neither Geller not Spenser have ever committed terrorist acts against
Muslims. Furthermore, Obama has stated we should talk to the lunatic leaders of Iran without conditions. If the USA should talk to Iran than local Muslims can talk to Robert Spenser and Pam Geller.
This is not a center funded and financed by the local community. It is a project funded from abroad with very dubious financing. On some levels as this project is being largely funded from abroad the standard logic of the first the first amendment are not as readily defined. This is especially true when a large portion of the financing comes from a Jim Crow Apartheid State that does not permit other religions to build houses of worship on its soil.