Mayor Bloomberg, backed by a diverse array of religious figures on Governors Island this afternoon, drew on the city’s history and American ideals in a stirring defense of the so-called ground zero mosque. Here’s a particularly good section, but you should probably read the whole thing.
The attack was an act of war, and our first responders defended not only our city, but our country and our Constitution. We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights and the freedoms that the terrorists attacked ... Political controversies come and go, but our values and our traditions endure, and there is no neighborhood in this city that is off-limits to God’s love and mercy.
Bloomberg Stands Up For Mosque » [Daily Politics/NYDN]