Con to the question "Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ''Ground Zero Mosque'') near the World Trade Center site?"
"They should listen to public opinion, they should listen to the deep wounds and anguish that this is causing to so many good people. And if the imam and the Muslim leadership in that community is so intent on building bridges, then they should voluntarily move the mosque away from ground zero and move it whether it's uptown or somewhere else, but move it away from that area, the same as the pope directed the Carmelite nuns to move a convent away from Auschwitz...
There is no doubt that to have a 13-story, $100-million edifice within two blocks of ground zero -- in fact, parts of the jets which crashed into the World Trade Center actually crashed into this building as well, that's how close it is to it -- is -- it does open the wounds. It does put salt in the wounds."
Interview on CNN, www.peteking.house.gov, Aug. 15, 2010
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the WTC Muslim Center. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to WTC Muslim Center.
Involvement and Affiliations:
United States Representative (R-NY), Jan. 3, 1993-present
Member, United States House Committee on Financial Services, 2007-present
Ranking Member, United States House Committee on Homeland Security, 2007-present
Chairman, United States House Committee on Financial Services, 2005-2006
Member, United States House Committee on International Relations, 2005-2006
Nassau County Comptroller, 1981-1993
Hempstead Town Council, 1977-1981
General Counsel, Nassau Off-Track Betting, 1977
Executive Assitant, Nassau County, 1974-1976
Deputy Attorney, Nassau County, 1972-1974
69th Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, 1968-1973