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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Anti-Defamation League Opposes Ground Zero Mosque
Tonight the New York Times reported that the Anti-Defamation League announced its opposition to the proposed Islamic mosque to be built at a site one block away from Downtown Manhattan's Ground Zero, at 45-47 Park Place.
Crime, Politics and Policy believes that governmental authorities which approve the construction of the mosque will be effectuating a "preference" towards one religion by such a decision, and thereby would violate the Constitution's Establishment Clause.
One should remember that the Islamic congregation has both been in existence for more than two decades, has had a house of worship in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan for a significant period of time, and had the opportunity to relocate its mosque to the World Trade Center area prior to the 9/11 attack. It did not take these opportunities. Now that the Ground Zero site has become a site of immense public sentiment -- and a secular, nonsectarian one at that, there is every appearance that the congregation wishes to place a mosque on the edge of Ground Zero to make a powerful, symbolic political statement -- religion or faith playing no role except as a cover, a distraction, a pretext to the true agenda. If New York City government authorities ignore these facts in order to demonstrate their "tolerance," what in essence will be produced will be a de facto preference towards one religion over all others. This violates the concept of separation of church and state! Such signs of religious supremacy were anathema to the Founding Fathers and should be appallling to all Americans, of all faiths.
As a nation founded by apostates who fled religious persecution and were only too aware of the perils of the combination of church and state (hence the bedrock constitutional principle of separation of church and state), Americans should always be wary of special preferences granted to any religion.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday, August 3rd, at 9:30 am at Pace University, Schimmel Auditorium for the Arts. Crime, Politics and Policy intends to be there to cover the festivities and to speak in opposition to the mosque on Constitutional grounds.
Eric Dixon is a New York lawyer who specializes in complex investigative matters. He can be reached for comment via edixon@NYBusinessCouinsel.com and 917-696-2442.