While the major news outlets love to hype up the NY Mosque issue, the facts speak otherwise:
- The NY Landmark Commision did not vote in favor of a Mosque close to the World Trade Center site. They have no authority to do so. How the building and land are used are zoning issues.
- The only authority the Landmark Commission has it to determine if a building should receive "Landmark" status. By law, if a building receives Landmark status, the building cannot be torn down nor can the appearance of the exterior be changed.
- Even if a building is given Landmark status, it's use is still not determined by the Landmark commission. Buildings with Landmark status are used as anything from housing to restaurants to churches to ... whatever.
- When the Landmark Commission susposedly voted "in favor" of the Mosque, it was just a vote (unanamous) that the building as it stands has no historical or "landmark" purpose. It's just a building similar to others in the area.
So this notion that they voted in favor of a Mosque is totally wrong.
The Landmark Commission was basically the last legal challenge that opponents of the Mosque had to use since it had passed all other requirements.
Rub a Dub