The leader of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Wednesday that the group will stop protesting the construction of the “ground zero mosque” in New York City following a ruling Tuesday allowing the Muslim worship center to be built. But other opponents vow to keep up the fight.
“We’re not continuing to fight it,” said ADL leader Abraham Foxman on CNN. “We raised an issue … but once the community board ruled, we move on.”
The ADL did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Daily Caller.
But others outraged over the building of the mosque two blocks away from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in Manhattan plan to do everything they can to stop it. According to the New York Times, Daniel Senor, a well-known Republican, is organizing a campaign to encourage “architects, contractors and donors to steer clear of the project” and “scrutinize any donors who supported it.”
“Do they really want to be involved with something so detrimental, that might set New York back?” Senor said.
While New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is an ardent supporter of the right to build the mosque, Greg Sargent at the Washington Post pointed out that two of New York’s most prominent Democrats — Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Anthony Weiner — have been noticeably silent on the issue.
Sargent, a liberal blogger, wrote that “by all means, pressure Republicans. But what about the Democrats who are refusing to condemn the opposition and call it out for what it is? What about Dems who won’t stand up for the aforementioned traditional American notions of religious freedom and tolerance and decency?”