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Mayor Bloomberg Delivers Teary-Eyed Defense Of Ground Zero Islamic Center

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  • "We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That's life and it's part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11," he said.
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  • Zero Tolerance
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  • Ground Zero Mosque Appeal: Conservative Law Firm Will Fight Go-Ahead Vote
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Sara Yin, Huffington Post

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Speaking on Governor's Island, misty-eyed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised a decision to allow an Islamic center to be built near Ground Zero.

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Bloomberg choked up during his delivery, which highlighted the spirit of religious tolerance and freedoms once sought by New York's earliest settlers.

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"We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That's life and it's part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11," he said.

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Zero Tolerance, Progress Report, in Newsvine.com

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  • Debate Over Ground Zero Mosque Is About American Values
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  • Mainstreaming Bigotry
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Religion News Service

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Ground Zero Mosque Appeal: Conservative Religious Law Firm Will Fight Go-Ahead Vote, Alfredo Garcia, Religion News Service, in Huffington Post

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A conservative religious law firm plans to appeal a decision that grants a green light for the construction of an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero.