Pro to the question "Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ''Ground Zero Mosque'') near the World Trade Center site?"
"Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question – should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion? That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here [in the US]. This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions, or favor one over another."
Governors Island speech, www.online.wsj.com, Aug. 3, 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:
Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, United Nations, 2014-present
Mayor, New York City, Jan. 1, 2002-Dec. 31, 2013
Chair, C40 Climate Leadership Group, 2010-2013
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins University, 1996-2001
Launched Bloomberg News, 1990
Founder, Innovative Market Systems (later Bloomberg LP), 1981