The path has been cleared for a mosque to be built about two blocks north of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Last night, the relevant community board approved the planned 13-story, $100 million mosque—to be called Cordoba House—at 45 Park Place.
Though the actual vote was overwhelmingly in favor, many are vocally against it. Foremost among these is Tea Party activist Mark Williams, who called the mosque “a 13 story middle finger aimed at 911 victims.” Earlier, he accused Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who supports the mosque’s construction, of being a “Jewish Uncle Tom.” Charming, those people!
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.