Muslims’ Plan For Ground Zero Mosque is Over

Muslims’ Plan For Ground Zero Mosque is Over

Muslims’ Plan For Ground Zero Mosque is Over

After years upon years of legal wrangling, it’s finally over: the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” project is no more.

The struggle over the controversial mosque began in 2009, when real estate developer Sharif El-Gamal bought the property next to the World Trade Center for $4.85 million in cash. According to The New York Times, he had planned to turn the property into an Islamic cultural center known as Park51.

Park51, which was known colloquially as the “Ground Zero Mosque,” was supposed to be a massive community center and place of worship for New York’s Muslim community. However, El-Gamal’s company, Soho Properties, recently announced an apartment building at the site which would fetch $3,000 a square foot.

The building would be constructed in place of the Park51 project, essentially ending the push for a “Ground Zero Mosque.”

“The glass skyscraper, which has yet to break ground, will include at least 15 full-floor units of 3,200 to 3,700 square feet, and average prices higher than $3,000 a square foot,” Bloomberg News reported.

The construction of the mosque had become a cause celebre among the left; President Obama announced his support for the proposal during an Iftar dinner in 2010, according to The New York Times.

“I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. Ground zero is, indeed, hallowed ground,” Obama said at the time, all the while emphasizing that he felt that religious freedom was the defining issue of the conflict.

“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are.” No word yet on whether he plans to apply this thinking to Kim Davis.

In addition, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a supporter of the mosque, also for reasons of religious freedom.

However, as anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller wrote in Breitbart, “The Ground Zero Mosque project was a middle finger to the American people.”

“History is riddled with triumphal mosques built on the sites of jihad attacks or appropriated from other religions: the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque on the site of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, and innumerable mosques built on the sites of Hindu temples that were demolished by Muslims all attest to that,” Geller wrote.


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