Local & Regional
11:13 am
Sun August 29, 2010

Local Reaction: Mosque at NYC

Oklahoma City, OK – Some Okla. Muslims support new site for NYC mosque, others don't

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A group of Oklahoma Muslims is asking sponsors of a proposed mosque near ground zero in New York City to find another location.

The proposed site has drawn national attention and criticism.

Members of the American Muslim Association of Oklahoma bought an advertisement in the Aug. 23 edition of The Oklahoman asking sponsors to be sensitive to U.S. citizens. It asks that the mosque be moved "to a mutually agreeable site."

Spokesman Saleem Nizami of Edmond says he believes most Muslims want a compromise and for the controversy to end.

But Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City spokesman Saad Mohammad and Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations director Razi Hashmi disagree. Both say they support the plans for the mosque.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com