facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Mosque opponents file suit

March 14, 2011 at 10:15 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- Opponents of a planned mosque near Ground Zero have filed a suit saying New York wrongly failed to give landmark status to the building that will house it.

Lawyers for a conservative advocacy group founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson are preparing to argue before a Manhattan judge the city erroneously did not give landmark status to a 152-year-old warehouse at 45-47 Park Place, two blocks north of Ground Zero, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

Plans called for the site, known as the Park51 project, to house a community center and Muslim prayer space. The project was given the go-ahead by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in August.

"This was political correctness running the issue," said Brett Joshpe, a lawyer for Robertson's group, the American Center for Law and Justice. "Clearly, there was a degree of advocacy, too, on the part of the mayor's office."

The center backed a lawsuit filed in August by firefighter Timothy Brown to challenge the decision by the commission but the suit has been thrown out, the News reported.

Gabriel Taussig, a lawyer for the city of New York said the ruling not to give the building landmark status was "irrefutably rational."

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Police suspect poisoning in death of Utah family Police suspect poisoning in death of Utah family
2
Piece of Amelia Earhart plane identified from Nikumaroro Piece of Amelia Earhart plane identified from Nikumaroro
3
Hawaii lava update: 100 feet from home, National Guard deployed Hawaii lava update: 100 feet from home, National Guard deployed
4
Kaci Hickox won't obey Maine Ebola quarantine, state may go to court Kaci Hickox won't obey Maine Ebola quarantine, state may go to court
5
'Operation' game inventor can't afford own surgery, the Internet responds 'Operation' game inventor can't afford own surgery, the Internet responds
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback