Proponents of the Cordoba (Ground Zero) Islamic center with mosque have defended their decision to locate it two blocks north of the World Trade Center site by insisting it is not that close to Ground Zero. The proposed mosque’s mastermind, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, callously told CNN this week, “This is not Ground Zero proper. No one’s body is in that location.”
Relatives of 9/11 victims, however, have argued that their loved ones’ remains were scattered for blocks in the dust and debris.
The map below shows they’re right and the imam is wrong:
The map was made by the FDNY’s “Phoenix Team,” which tracked the discovery of 9/11 human remains.
Some 20,000 body parts were found, many from the same person, and they’re still finding people. In June, 2010, 72 more victims were discovered during the latest “sifting” at Fresh Kills Island, adding to the 1,845 victims that have been identified so far.
The Ground Zero mosque controversy has NOTHING to do with freedom of religion. It has EVERYTHING to do with simple human decency of honoring and respecting the dead.