NEW YORK (WPIX)—"Dropping the plan is definitely not an option at all," said Daisy Khan, head of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and co-leader of the proposed mosque and community center. The lines still drawn in a politicized debate just ahead of November's midterm congressional elections.
President Obama has said, as a matter of religious freedom, he supports the right of Muslims to build the Islamic cultural center. Locally, Mayor Bloomberg supports the mosque being built in a location some say is insensitive and disrespectful to Sept. 11 victims and their families.
Gov. David Paterson is amongst those who say the project should be moved, but no one will say where to.
Paterson has been planning to meet with developers of the site but so far, nothing has been set up.
A New Jersey non-profit group called Drums and Disabilities, now says it wants to replace the proposed Islamic center with a rehabilitation center for those affected by the September 11th attacks. According to one report, the group would require a combination of private, state and public funds.