Jewish group says putting a mosque near Ground Zero will cause 'more pain'

Saturday, July 31, 2010


ADL: Putting mosque near Ground Zero is 'not right'

The nation's leading Jewish civil rights group opposes the planned mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero, saying more information is needed about funding for the project and the location is "counterproductive to the healing process."

The Anti-Defamation League said it rejects any opposition to the center based on bigotry and acknowledged that the group behind the plan, the Cordoba Initiative, has the legal right to build at the site. But the ADL said "some legitimate questions have been raised" about funding and possible ties with "groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values."

"Ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right," the ADL said in a statement. "In our judgment, building an Islamic center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain -- unnecessarily -- and that is not right." The Cordoba Initiative did not comment Friday.

The mosque and community center would be located two blocks from the Lower Manhattan site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Great white sharks sighted off Cape Cod: Officials have indefinitely closed five miles of a Cape Cod beach -- South Beach in Chatham, Mass. -- after a spotter pilot saw great white sharks, including one swimming about 100 yards from a party on the sand.

Cannonball-size hailstone in S.D.: A giant hailstone that fell in central South Dakota measures 8 inches in diameter and weighs 1 pound 15 ounces, breaking U.S. records, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

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