“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .”
If he does this, then he is favoring Islam over all other religions.
If he does this and Islam is considered a RELIGION, as well as a FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, then he is also committing an ACT of TREASON. He is giving AID and support to a GOVERNMENT to over throw HIS OWN. ISLAM is BOTH.
Paterson Would Offer New Site for Mosque Away From Ground Zero:By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ
August 10, 2010, 1:57 PM
Gov. David A. Paterson said Tuesday that he would consider offering state-owned property to the developers of a $100 million Muslim center and mosque if they decided to build it farther from ground zero.
The governor, wading into a fierce national debate over freedom of religion, said “there is no reason why” the center, known as Park51, should not be built as planned, two blocks from the former World Trade Center.
But Mr. Paterson said he understood the heated opposition to the building, which some see as an affront to the memory of those killed in the Sept. 11 attack.
“I’m very sensitive to the desire of those who are adamant against it to see something else worked out,” Mr. Paterson said at a news conference in Midtown Manhattan, where he was discussing efforts to curb identify theft.
Mr. Paterson added, “Frankly, if the sponsors were looking for property anywhere at a distance that would be such that it would accommodate a better feeling among the people who are frustrated, I would look into trying to provide them with the state property they would need.”
The governor’s remarks added a new wrinkle to the months-long battle over the Islamic center.
Critics of the project, a wide-ranging group that includes Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, members of the Tea Party and the Anti-Defamation League, an influential Jewish organization, have assailed it as an unnecessary provocation. Some have pledged to organize efforts to block its construction.
But supporters, including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, have championed the center as a symbol of religious tolerance. A spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg, who delivered a passionate defense of the complex last week, did not immediately return requests for comment.
A Marist poll released on Tuesday, however, found that 53 percent of registered voters in New York City disagreed with the mayor and said the mosque should not be built near ground zero.
The developer of the project, Soho Properties, plans to construct a tower of as many as 15 stories that will include a 500-seat auditorium and a swimming pool, in addition to a prayer space. It will be modeled on the Y.M.C.A. and Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Soho Properties did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last week, the project appeared to clear a final hurdle when the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave permission to tear down the existing building, at 45-47 Park Place in Lower Manhattan.
But before it becomes a reality, the project may require the approval of the state’s Public Service Commission because part of the site is owned by Consolidated Edison. The commission oversees the telecommunications industry in New York and a sale by Con Ed would need its approval.
On Tuesday, Mr. Paterson said he expected the commission to make a decision free of political considerations.
“We’re still suffering in many respects from that horrible day,” Mr. Paterson said, saying the center “ignites tremendous feelings of anger and frustration.”
“To whatever extent we can,” he added, “we can ease what may be the frustrations of those who would think that this was improper.”