Mosque-arade! Local pols don’t say much on controversial project

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None of the five elected officials who represent the block of Voorhies Avenue where the Muslim American Society hopes to build a mosque showed up at the anti-mosque rally on June 27, so we tracked down these elected officials and get them on the record. Here’s what they had to say (or, more accurately, did not have to say):

• Councilman Lew Fidler (D–Marine Park), who represents the eastern side of Voorhies Avenue, where the mosque would be built: “I’ve done what’s appropriate for a project that’s being built as-of-right and addressed all concerns that have been raised other than the offensive ones made by the people who will never be satisfied. I have made sure that [the builders] will comply with the law, but I do think some of the people opposing this are doing it for bigoted reasons. We really shouldn’t be painting an entire group of people with one broad brush.”

• Councilman Mike Nelson (D–Midwood), whose district begins on the opposite side of the street: Could not be reached for comment.

• State Sen. Carl Kruger (D–Mill Basin), who represents the eastern side of Voorhies Avenue, where the mosque would be built: “This is a house of worship and it can be built there, but at the same time, I understand the sensitivities of the affected community. I think we need to sit down some more and really air out the issues and concerns so we could come up with some kind of dialogue that makes sense.”

• State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), whose district begins on the opposite side of the street: “It’s very difficult. It’s their religious right to put up these individual mosques as one would put up a church or a synagogue and it’s difficult to stop it. That’s what the Constitution is based on.”

• Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D–Midwood), whose district includes the mosque: “I’ve been a strong supporter of everyone’s ability to exercise their [sic] religious rights, whether it’s been the construction of a synagogue or a church expansion. Freedom of religion is a fundamental part of our Constitution. I am concerned about some of the inflammatory speech on this issue, but people can sometimes be afraid of what they do not know.”

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Muslim from Brooklyn says:
We proud of those who is in support for the law and who is silent are fully understand the issue and have another time to comment..

Of course this country is built upon this kind of trustworthy people,,, that is why we love to live in it and be part of it,, no matter what.....


Liberty and human rights are here in the USA....

Thanks all for the support..
July 6, 2010, 10:26 pm
Paul from Sheepshead Bay says:
I do believe these protesters of the mosque have not taken the time to really see these people for what they are. They are mothers, daughters, sons and fathers..just like them.

How could they deny a mother and her child the same rights to religious practice that they have. I'm glad even Senator Kruger knows these people are acting out of ignorance.
July 7, 2010, 6:34 am
Bob Scott from Brooklyn Heights says:
I might be missing something, but the following seems pretty straight forward:

In your story, the four pols you reached for comment said the mosque CAN be built, so they are NOT in the opposition.

Therefore, why does your snarky lead read, "Here’s what they had to say (or, more accurately, did not have to say)."
July 7, 2010, 8:31 am
Dave from Brooklyn says:
You said it, Paul -- no one knows ignorance the way Carl Kruger knows ignorance!
July 7, 2010, 4:33 pm
gns from sheepsheadbay says:
Motheers an fathers who send their kids to blow themselves and the world?? Look arond people...ant use your ability to realize.
July 29, 2010, 12:14 pm
brian from Sh.Bay says:
Wake up, people, awake America! No mosque for enemies! The WW3 is on!Between ISLAM and other world.
Every(from 1000 mosques!!!)in USA is part of giant plan of islamization of America, as well as Gr.Britain, France, Germany, Spain, even Scandinavia.Just look around! They want to dominate this world, and you, naive and kind Americans, you believe them? Islam-is not religion, but ideology! Enough political correctness, they just washing our brains, using our laws, our democratic principals, which so far from their understanding.Say truth!Remember 9/11?It could be good lesson, but not for Blumberg and his bandits in City Hall. They approved the felony(mosque on Gr.Zero)What a Shame! Good present for heroes-shahids and for Osama ben Laden. We will pay expensive price for that in the nearest future.
NO mosque here
NO mosque at Ground Zero
No mosque elsewhere Enough is enough!
July 30, 2010, 4:31 am

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