No, he isn't, either.
I'm a little saddened to see this latent anti-Muslim bigotry on display by so many here. It's purely ridiculous.
The site of the WTC isn't holy ******* ground, people. The mosque isn't being built ON the site, either - just near it. So what?
And this is America, not the countries that we like to hate on, where religion is secondary to freedom. We like to talk a big game about equality, but when people actually expect to be treated that way, a bunch of folks get all pissy. Well, tough ****. You don't get to discriminate against people based on religion here.
The entire part about 'planting a flag on a battlefield' is about the dumbest **** I've ever heard in my life. Not only does it lump a billion Muslim people together as if they were all one unit, it raises a question: What do any of you care? It won't affect you one way or another and it neither helps nor prevents any Muslim group from doing anything that they did before...
This pretty much expresses my feelings.
As far as location, where would one draw the line?
2 blocks is too close?
What about 3 blocks? Four?
2 blocks and 3 buildings away?
If the mosque was 2 feet past some agreed on "no Allah zone", that makes it ok?
On the ocassions I've been in New York, the thing that always struck me was how one could literally cross a street or turn a corner, and find themselves in a different world.
I would have the buildings which held the apartments of famous people pointed out to me and I would think "What a dump" The outside would like like a deserted warehouse, but I know inside they were safe and gorgeous.
Things also seem to be so much closer to each other there. I remember standing about 10 feet from the door of a Starbucks, and looking up the street, not any distance at all away, was another Starbucks, the storefront directly in my vision. It was like on the next block, kitty corner from where I was.
As far as the size, again, at what square footage do you draw the line?
It's alright if it was a 5000 square foot mosque, but not if it was 5010 square feet?