Just days after a New York City commission refused to grant landmark status for the building slated to house a proposed "mega mosque" near the site of the September 11th attacks, debate over the mosque's construction continues. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, tells Fox News the ACLJ has filed a lawsuit against the commission, on the grounds that their decision ignores the feelings of many New Yorkers and those who lost loved ones in the World Trade Center attacks. Among the clients represented by Sekulow is firefighter Tim Brown, himself a responder to the World Trade Center on September 11th.
Sekulow says "politics is leading the charge," and allowing plans for the mosque to move forward. From the perspective of the ACLJ, the commission tasked with determining whether or not the site met criteria for historic qualification did not do its job.
Sekulow said the commission made a decision based on the fact that they "liked the idea that a mosque would go there." The ACLJ is quick to point out they aren't against the construction of new mosques in any city, including New York, and that many Muslim leaders are also against the idea of building a mosque so close to Ground Zero, where Muslim extremists killed thousands of Americans.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has publicly stated his support for the mosque proposal, a move that has led some to question whether following the letter of the law is more important to him than honoring the wishes of those who lost loved ones at Ground Zero.
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