Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke this morning in opposition to plans to build a mosque near the site of the World Trade Center terror attacks.
Giuliani — the city’s mayor at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks — told the NBC “Today” show that the mosque project was “divisive.”
“This project is creating tremendous pain for people who’ve already made the ultimate sacrifice. All you’re doing is creating more division, more anger, more hatred,” he said.
Giuliani said the plan to build the mosque raised questions of “sensitivity.”
“I know some people who are crying over this,” he said.
The city’s current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, supports the controversial mosque.
President Obama also joined the debate this month, asserting support for the right of Muslims to build the mosque at the site in the name of religious freedom. Despite being pressed, he did not clarify whether he thought the mosque was a good idea.
This comes as the imam spearheading the mosque is in the Middle East on a US-funded outreach trip.
A State Department official in Washington told The Associated Press that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf arrived today in Bahrain to begin a 15-day tour.
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