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Mosque Near Ground Zero Tests U.S. Ideals, Mayor Says

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that to deny Muslims the right to build a mosque near the World Trade Center site would undermine America’s values and damage its image.

“We would feed the false impressions that some Americans have about Muslims,” he said in remarks last night to guests at his annual Iftar dinner, in which Muslims break their daily dawn-to-sunset fast during the month of Ramadan. “We would hand a valuable propaganda tool to terrorist recruiters, who spread the fallacy that America is at war with Islam.”