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Some 9/11 families support Mosque. Some NY Dems fold
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Pro-Mosque Mom Who Lost Pregnant Daughter In Trade Center: 9/11 Families 'Not Monolithic'

Christina Bellantoni

As plans to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York City become political fodder for the fall elections on a national scale, it's become shorthand to imply that all 9/11 families oppose the erection of the mosque two blocks from the site where terrorists downed the World Trade Center nearly nine years ago.

But in fact, no cohesive position has emerged from the thousands of 9/11 families who have been politically influential on many issues in the past. One group which has opposed war has come out strongly in favor of the mosque project, known as Cordoba House. Others have avoided even addressing the issue.

"There is no simple, singular 9/11 group who really should or could speak for all 9/11 family members," said Donna Marsh O'Connor of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a coalition of more than 250 families which recently endorsed the mosque. Since the endorsement, the membership numbers have grown, she said.

O'Connor told TPM in an interview that it's unfair for groups like Debra Burlingame's 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America to act as if they are representing everyone who lost loved ones in the attacks. O'Connor's 29-year-old daughter Vanessa, pregnant at the time, was killed working on the 93rd floor of one of the twin towers.

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Greg Sargent

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Here's the bottom line: When Arcuri's GOP opponent did the right thing and came out for the center, this signaled that the mosque controversy didn't have to be a campaign issue. Yet a Democrat chose to make it one. How many more Dems are going to play these pathetic Rovian games?

UPDATE, 11:11 a.m.: Three more New York Democrats have now come out against the project.






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  -Some 9/11 families support Mosque. Some NY Dems fold ProSense  Aug-17-10 10:32 AM   #0 
  - I'm glad to see some Democrats with some sense  davidinalameda   Aug-17-10 10:36 AM   #1 
  - Why?  ProSense   Aug-17-10 10:39 AM   #2 
  - That pretty much sums it up! haha  last_texas_dem   Aug-17-10 10:55 AM   #3 
  - And that's a block away. The Mosque site is two blocks away. n/t  ProSense   Aug-17-10 11:05 AM   #4 
  - Of course that's sacred ground.  RaleighNCDUer   Aug-17-10 11:36 AM   #5 
  - it's only been 9 years since 9/11  davidinalameda   Aug-17-10 02:31 PM   #8 
     - How many years should pass before you approve of constitutional rights for muslins?  HiFructosePronSyrup   Aug-17-10 05:05 PM   #11 
     - Bullshit  COLGATE4   Aug-18-10 07:44 AM   #13 
  - No, the Dems in NY being wimps and folding like limp spaghetti is what is horrible.  Jennicut   Aug-17-10 01:03 PM   #6 
  - why?  CTLawGuy   Aug-18-10 05:51 AM   #12 
  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 'Sad Day For America' If Ground Zero Mosque Plan Is Killed  Douglas Carpenter   Aug-18-10 08:38 AM   #14 
  - a NYT article about Imam Feisal and plans for the community Center - written last December  Douglas Carpenter   Aug-18-10 08:44 AM   #15 
  - So Obama stands up for the constitution and Reid insults him. Great!  Go2Peace   Aug-17-10 01:04 PM   #7 
  - And people wonder why Obama doesn't do more strong progessive things  Thrill   Aug-17-10 04:51 PM   #9 
  - How anyone on this board DARES to be "against" this project is beyond me.  Milo_Bloom   Aug-17-10 04:56 PM   #10 
  - The whole "controversy" is such bullshit, I don't even want to hear about it anymore.  Phx_Dem   Aug-18-10 11:47 AM   #16 
 

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