September 11, 2010

Nearly 2,000 people gathered on the eve of Sept. 11 for a candlelight vigil in support of the controversial mosque, planned two blocks from Ground Zero. Packed along Church Street between Murray and Barclay streets, with the World Trade Center site's blue Tribute in Light in the background, local politicians and religious leaders called for tolerance as the national controversy surrounding the proposed center continues to brew. "This is the time when New Yorkers of all faiths and persuasions can come together in a respectful way to honor those who gave their lives on Sept 11.," said Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union which organized the event in collaboration with more than 120 other groups. "It’s shocking for those of us who live in New York that there should even be a question about whether there should be an Islamic center in this neighborhood," she said.