In Bizarro World...
And this was with a 9--0 vote...
The Landmarks Preservation Commission gave the thumbs down this morning to giving a lower Manhattan building historic status — paving the way for a controversial new mosque to open just blocks from Ground Zero.
The vote opens the door for the demolition of the 152-year-old building on Park Place, where construction is planned for the mosque.
The Anti-Defamation League, the nation’s leading Jewish rights group, came out last week against the mosque and Islamic community center.
“Some legitimate questions have been raised [about possible ties to] “groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values,” the group said.
“Ultimately, this is not a question of rights but a question of what is right,” it added. “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.”
Families of 9/11 victims have also protested the plan over the past year.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has pointed out its decision has nothing to do with the planned use of the structure.
“The purpose of [today's] vote is to decide whether the building has a special character or special historical or aesthetic interest or value as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of New York City, New York State or the nation,” said commission spokeswoman Elisabeth de Bourbon
I am guessing that very soon, there will be a memorial to honor all of the Germans who died in WWII breaking ground next to Auschwitz and I bet we can look forward to a memorial for Japanese Kamikaze pilots smoewhere near the USS Arizona memorial site.
I think we need to build a chain of BBQ restaurants in the Middle East that specialize in pulled pork sandwiches and put their world headquarters right next to Mecca.