The conflict over the controversial NYC Islamic center — to be located just blocks from Ground Zero — is showing no signs of abating. In the latest development, New York Governor David Paterson said he would meet with the developers to discuss the possibility of relocating the project, which many opponents say offends the sensibilities of the relatives of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"We are working with the developers on a staff level but there have not been any formal discussions between the governor and imam or developer," said Paterson’s spokesman Morgan Hook. However, he added that the governor’s team hopes to schedule a meeting "in the near future."
This remains to be seen, since a representative of the developer, SoHo Properties, has already gone on record saying the sponsors of the mosque had no plans to relocate the project.
Meanwhile, The Council on American-Islamic Relations has urged members of the Muslim community in America to report any harassment of worshippers during the month of Ramadan. It stems from recent incidents in which protesters targeted mosques in California, Connecticut and Virginia.
"Special emphasis should be placed on developing a positive working relationship with local law enforcement authorities and government officials who may be contacted if protesters go beyond the Constitutionally-protected right to free speech in a public area," the Washington, D.C.-based civil rights organization said.