Susan Kone Remarks at Community 1 Board MeetingWrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Message
Remarks of Susan Kone Regarding Proposed Community Center and Mosque
Community 1 Board Meeting
July 27, 2010
Susan Kone is a candidate for Congress in New York’s Eighth Congressional District. She has stood up in opposition to the Mosque. Her opponent Jerrold Nadler was one of the earliest supporters of the Mosque.
I am a candidate for Congress in this, the Eighth Congressional District, in which Ground Zero is located. However, this evening I am speaking as an American, a New Yorker and a human being.
On September 11, 2001, our nation suffered the worst attack on the homeland in our history. Our enemies, Muslim extremists, engaged in the barbaric act of flying commercial airliners into the Twin Towers intentionally causing the horrific deaths of nearly 2,752 innocent men, women and children of all faiths and denominations. Simultaneously, attempts were made to perpetrate similar acts of terror in our nation’s Capital.
There is not a person in this District, in this City or in this country that was not forever impacted by these atrocious acts of cowardice.
We cannot bring the victims back. We cannot alleviate the great anguish of those that survived them. But what we can and must do is to respect feelings of the families of the victims who I have witnessed speak out so passionately against this proposal at rallies and community board meetings.
By their emotional pleas it is evident that this is rubbing salt in their wounds -- that in and of itself should constitute sufficient reason to halt the proposed construction. It is a matter of sensitivity. It is a matter of respect. It is a matter of common decency.
This is not a question of the right to build a mosque - or a question of religious freedom -- it is a question of a very, very poor choice of location. I would hope those in a position to do so would reconsider their decision and build their community center and mosque at another location.
Concerns have been raised about the curious lack of transparency surrounding the funding and the affiliations of those behind the project. I hope these concerns are unfounded -- but they must be addressed. The public has a right to know the truth and our leaders have an obligation to provide it. The safety and security of the citizens of the City of New York may depend on it.
It has been widely reported that in an interview on 60 Minutes less than a month after the September 11th attacks, Immam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is behind this project, said American policies were an "accessory" to the crime of 9/11. "In fact," he added, "in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA." As a civilized Community we must stand united in our agreement that the intentional horrific murdering of innocents in the name of any purported political or religious cause is wrong and must never be condoned.