OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City Muslim group said the religious freedom issue has already been settled, but said sensitivity is needed over whether to build a Mosque near Ground Zero.
The American Muslim Association of Oklahoma took out a full page ad in Monday's "Oklahoman." It's a call to move the project to a mutually agreeable site. Spokesman Saleem Nizami said it's time for moderate Muslims to speak out. He said the teachings of Islam demand sensitivity.
"It has become an iconic date 9/11 and the twin towers, so there is something related to that and people are becoming emotional. It is our duty to make sure we pacify and move away," said Nizami.
Despite good intentions and the legal right to build on that spot, the sensitivity teachings of Islam demand a new location.
"We've got to take into consideration the sentiments of the people. What difference does it make if it is there or five miles from there? It's not going to make any difference," Nizami said. "If the purpose was to get Islam and the West relations going together, this has brought more division actually."