Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers terrific speech about Park Place Islamic Center, goes old-school and says “repudiate” rather than trendy, new “refudiate.”
“Of course, it is fair to ask the organizers of the mosque to show some special sensitivity to the situation, and in fact their plan envisions reaching beyond their walls and building an interfaith community. But doing so, it is my hope that the mosque will help to bring our city even closer together, and help repudiate the false and repugnant idea that the attacks of 9/11 were in any ways consistent with Islam.
I recommend reading or watching the speech. It’s moving and restores one’s faith. More like this, please.
UPDATE: found the video online and here it is: