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July 19, 2011

Ground Zero Mosque Given Green Light By NY Judge

Judge Paul Fineman

'Ground Zero Mosque' Clears Legal Hurdle to Build


The backers of the controversial "Ground Zero Mosque" have won a court fight clearing the way for them to build the mosque and community center complex two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terror attack.

In a decision on Friday that was made public today, New York State Supreme Justice Paul Feinman dismissed a lawsuit by former firefighter Timothy Brown who argued that New York City was wrong to allow the destruction of a 150-year-old building to make way for the Islamic center.

The ex-firefighter who was among those who responded to the terror attack on the World Trade Center said the old building had been struck by debris during the collapse of the twin towers and was a "living representative of the heroic structures that commemorate the events of that day."

In a 15-page decision Feinman wrote, "Mr. Brown's claim that his ability to commemorate will be injured, is not yet recognized under the law as a concrete injury that can establish standing. Such an injury, although palpable to Brown, is immeasurable by a court."

The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal group which filed the lawsuit on Brown's behalf, said they plan to appeal the ruling.

Ground Zero Mosque Clears Legal Hurdle to Build

"This decision fails to give appropriate consideration to first responders and others who risked their lives and lost loved ones on Sept. 11," ACLJ attorney Brett Joshpe said in a statement.

The ACLJ "remain confident that this mosque will never rise above Ground Zero."

Organizers of the project, officially called Park 51, declined to comment.

Brown and the ACLJ were appealing a ruling last summer by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission which decided to allow a 150-year-old Park Place building to be razed to make way for the center.

Park 51 has been a source of national controversy since its unveiling last May. Opponents as well as supporters demonstrated at Ground Zero in reaction to the commission's decision to allow the mosque last August. President Obama was drawn into the controversy when he initially endorsed the mosque.

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said at a White House ceremony last summer that marked the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. "That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan in accordance with local laws and ordinances."

But in a visit to the Gulf Coast, Obama later dialed back saying that he supported the Muslims community's right to build the mosque, but was not sure it was a good idea to build so close to Ground Zero.


Wild Thing's comment........

How about a fire engine blockade of the site? Of course this is after the area is saturated with bacon grease!

America's suicide by judicial review...............this country is going to hell in a hand cart.

Information on the Judge:

Judge Paul G. Feinman
Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County
60 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
(646) 386-3273

Posted by Wild Thing at July 19, 2011 05:50 AM


Is there anyone in NYC with a single brain cell ? Fineman, is of the same mentality as the Appeasers in Europe, when they tried to appease Hitler. Aww, its just idle talk they aren't going to exterminate anybody.

The phrase 'Never again' sounds great, but someone has to be around to remember what happened, in order to utter that phrase.

This amounts to the same thing as what Jane Fonday said recently, She said, " I did not do any harm to my country, or to the men or women who served it." Fineman, is one of those Jews who in the Camps sold out 'his' own people for a better standing with the Nazi's. He's nothing more than a George Soros, a despicable bastard, who would sell his mothers life for 30 pieces of silver.

The only road block left is the Construction crews. Who said they would not do any work on this symbol of triumph.

Posted by: Mark at July 19, 2011 07:51 AM

Herman Cain understands what Islam and building Mosques is all about.

Posted by: BobF at July 19, 2011 09:04 AM

If and when it ever opens, I believe the sales of Radio Controled model airplanes and BACON will skyrocket, with the sidewalk in front of the mosque/culture center turning into a graveyard of R/C airplane wrecks and countless streaks of bacon grease running down the face of the building from bacon filled model airplanes being flown into the side of the building. Just a thought!

Posted by: gsebes at July 19, 2011 09:21 PM

Mark, well said, and good comparison too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 20, 2011 02:04 AM

Bob, that is soooo good, thank you.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 20, 2011 02:05 AM

gsebes, some good ideas.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 20, 2011 02:07 AM

I like the way you think Greg. I'm glad we met when you were out this way.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at July 20, 2011 01:03 PM