Argument: Banning ground zero mosque would violate sep of church/state
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said in August of 2010 at the height of the ground zero mosque debate: "This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions or favor one over another. The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in lower Manhattan. [...] I believe that this is an important test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetimes, as important a test. And it is critically important that we get it right."