New York buses to carry ads against "Ground Zero" mosque

Aug 11th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Featured

NEW YORK (AFP) — Some New York city buses will carry ads protesting plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero, where the Twin Towers were destroyed by Al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001, the city transportation authority said Wednesday.

The ad asks “Why there?” and features the picture of a jet airliner about to crash into the World Trade Center, evoking memories of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The ads will run in 26 of the city’s 6,300 buses, said Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

The controversial campaign was launched by the group Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA).

“While the MTA does not endorse the views expressed in this or other ads that appear on the transit system, the advertisement … was accepted today after its review under MTA?s advertising guidelines and governing legal standards,” Ortiz told AFP.

New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on August 3 cleared the way for a mosque and Islamic Center to be built at a site two blocks from the gaping Ground Zero hole.

Supporters, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, say the multi-story Islamic center project would build a bridge between the West and the Muslim world.

Opponents claim the project would insult the memory of the September 11 victims.

According to a Marist Poll out Tuesday, 53 percent of New York residents oppose the project, 34 percent approve it and 13 remain undecided.

© 2010 AFP

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