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The Atlantic Wire has the roundup. Rep. Peter King wants to know where the money’s coming from. Rick Lazio, challenging Andrew Cuomo for the New York governorship, sees a campaign issue. My favorite item? See the New York Daily News:
The Cordoba House is now Park51. Developers behind the controversial 13-story Islamic community center and prayer space near Ground Zero announced Tuesday a bland new name for the project. Spokesman Oz Sultan said the new name puts emphasis on the community center aspect of the project rather than religion. […]
But the new moniker did little to quell an angry crowd of nearly 100, who turned a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing yesterday into a turf war over the project. Up for debate was the architectural and historical significance of the existing building, which developers hope to replace with a 13-story community center and Islamic prayer space.
This building manages to be less than a mosque and more than a mosque all at the same time. Somehow, I imagine a humble little mosque would attract a different kind of attention than this high-rise production, which sounds more like a suspiciously enormous Human Resources department with a suspiciously vague mission statement than a house of worship. After all, the Project Manager made a point to insist that “the vitriol at yesterday’s hearing showed the urgent need for an Islamic center in New York City. ‘I see this as more of a reason for this project to move forward,’ he said.” More than a mere mosque — pfff! — this is a Center, a Project. That’s revealing, isn’t it?