A rendering of the proposed Park 51 Islamic Community Center project, aka the “Ground Zero mosque.”
In news sure to stir the ire of opponents of the ”Ground Zero mosque,” a spokesman for New York City Comptroller John Liu has said that the proposed Muslim community center might qualify for tax-free financing, in effect a public subsidy.
The Democratic comptroller’s spokesman, Scott Sieber, said Liu supported the project. The center has sparked an intense debate over U.S. religious freedoms and the sanctity of the Trade Center site, where nearly 3,000 perished in the September 11, 2001 attack.
“If it turns out to be financially feasible and if they can demonstrate an ability to pay off the bonds and comply with the laws concerning tax-exempt financing, we’d certainly consider it,” Sieber told Reuters.