The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed a lawsuit with New York state Supreme Court to overturn a decision to build a mosque near Ground Zero, the Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (August 5, 2010).
"It has been clear from the beginning that the city has engaged in a rush to push this project through -- ignoring proper procedure and ignoring a growing number of New Yorkers and Americans who don't believe this site is the place to build a mosque," said ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow.
Former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani called the proposed mosque a "desecration." He added that "decent Muslims" would take no offense at opposition to the Islamic center, since they also desired peace.
The Anti-Defamation League -- a prominent Jewish organization -- said that having a mosque at Ground Zero would be disrespectful to the victims and families of September 11 and that the location was "counterproductive to the healing process."