August 19th, 2010
12:25 PM ET

Giuliani says Islamic center should not move forward

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."

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Muslim • New York • Politics • United States

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  1. madmo

    From George W Bush to local counselor, every politician says that Islam is the religion of peace. Did you hear anybody says same about Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity or Judaism? I don't think you will never heard it that way. To know why try these sites


    August 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  2. Reality

    Finally, a political leader with some "balls"!!!!

    August 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  3. Ferdinand of Castile

    The quran is like Mein Kempf by Adolf Hitler. Islam is nothing but a Trojan Horse. There is treachey and cynical supremacism behind any islamic mind. Right now, there are efforts to recapture the cordoba cathedral by using the expediency of ecumenism. Muslims wrongly thing that infidels are so dumb. They are missing it out.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
    • johnnyr51

      I agree. The Muslim agenda parallels the Christian one 500 years ago: Murder heathens, take their gold. The unfortunate part is that they prefer, it seems, to live in the past – refusing to learn from history. The seem dogmatically focused on repeating Christianity's worse blunders yet somehow thinking that this time it'll be different (i.e this time we will have a nuke).
      This being said, the Muslim center in NY should be allowed precisely because we HAVE learned from history the damning effects of censorship and limiting personal freedoms.

      October 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  4. mike v

    If any one would use PC in this situation, it would diffuse any issues.
    Because of all the different religious groups that were affected by 9/11, NO ONE SINGLE religious building will be built anywhere near ground zero that isn't or was not already there.
    This gives a blanket, unified stand regardless of the whether it be Islamic, Buddist, or Christianity, if it weren't already there, then no religious building is allowed to be erected.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  5. opt412

    So tired of hearing about Muslims and religion in the news. These people take their faith way too serious. Any time someone says or does something they dont like they call it provocation and vow to act. If they dont allow this mosque to go up it will be viewed as an attack on islam and used to fuel the hate. This religion is a joke. Thinking that you go straight to heaven for killing in the name of any god is laughable but these people truly buy into it. If my life sucked as bad as theirs I guess I would be searching for an out too. Jokes on them because people only go one place when they die – six feet down...

    August 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
    • Habibi

      Muslims don't think or believe in killing in the name of God, only the few twisted ones believe that. I am married to a Muslim and they are kind loving people who take God (not any god) seriously. So please I ask you refrain from making false statements. Thank you

      October 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  6. VonMoore

    So Giuliani echoes the wimpy noise of the right-wing zombie set. Good for him. He must need the money.

    August 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
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