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1. I watched on the Investigation Channel: Why Is bin Laden Alive?

Do you believe Osama bin Laden is alive? Why? (Optional)

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2. California will vote on Proposition 19 which if passed, it will legalize pot use as a means of enjoyment. I am for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, but to legalize it for recreation; I am totally against it.

If you lived in California, would you vote YAY, or NAY? Why? (Optional)

3. Should resturants have the right to ban screaming children?

I say ABSOLUTELY!! What do you say? Why? (Optional)

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5. My respects to ALL religions, but out of respect for those who died in the Twin Towers, and for their families, I feel the Muslim mosque should be built much further away.

Are you for or against the mosque being built so close to ground zero? Why? (Optional)

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Sep. 14th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
marc, do you realize that there was a Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed when the towers came down and the City has continued to give the church a run around and still has not allowed them to rebuild, but there was no questions when the mosque was requested to be built. Why the preferential treatment? Is that fair?
Sep. 14th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
No, the Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed has not be prohibited to rebuild, they are held up in a land swap agreement with the Port Authroity. The Port authority has offered them a larger plot of land as well as $60 million in public money but the church as refused it and talks have broken down. The city says it is because the church wants more money and has stated they are free to start building on their original location if they wish. The church says that the original location is now unsuitable due to other plans in the rebuilding and hasn't really said why negotiations have broken down except that the city just stopped returning calls (which could be the case as the PA has stated that they have made their final offer).

On the other hand, the building that the mosque is to be built was a building that although damaged by falling debris from 9/11 was not destroyed and is not under the port authority's jurisdiction (as that building is not part of ground zero). It has pretty much sat empty since 9/11 except for the current renters (now buyers) which have been the muslim group.

So really, seeing how both are being handled by different parts of the city, and one is in arguments over negotiations while the other has signed contracts, I don't see any preferential treatment.
Sep. 14th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Well I guess it depends on who is talking. Last week there were two people from the church that were saying that they did not wanna move, and they were being pressured to move by the Port Authority because they wanted to build something else on that spot, and because they were not willing to sell their building permits were being held. The Church's atty said he would not be surprised if the city tried to take their land by using imminent domain. The church was on that spot well before the WTC was ever started. I can see them not wanting to move.

But whether its the port authority or not, its still the city.

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