Cornwall – - Jay Townsend, the Republican and endorsed Conservative candidate for US Senate against Chuck Schumer, today released a copy of his letter to Senator Schumer asking that the Senator join him in opposition to the construction of a Mosque and Islamic Center overlooking Ground Zero. (Text Below)July 6, 2010Hon Charles E Schumer757 Third AvenueSuite 17-02New York, New York 10017Sent via fax to 212-486-7693
Dear Senator Schumer:
During the last few months you have held press conferences/issued press releases on a variety of topics, including the dangers of using sunscreen, how face book handles its data, airplane baggage fees and a letter you penned to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke about bank fees.
Yet you have been strangely silent on a matter that is of deep concern to many New Yorkers; the proposed construction of an Islamic Center and Mosque near ground zero. A recent poll shows that New York City voters, by an almost 2- to-1 ratio, oppose the plan by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative.
I side with the families of the victims, and the thousands of those who risked their lives to save them, who find the construction of the Mosque at Ground Zero highly insensitive. I have asked Imam Rauf to reconsider his plans out of respect for the victims and those who lost loved ones. (Text of letter to Imam Rauf)
The issue, Senator, is not one of religious freedom; it is one of timing and sensitivity to the memory of those lost, and to the families and friends who still vividly recall the horrors of that day in the most personal and tragic way.
Yesterday, New York’s Governor and gubernatorial candidates made clear their position on construction of the Mosque. I side with those who oppose construction of the Mosque and ask that you join me in asking Imam Rauf to cease with his plans.
Jay Townsend, Candidate
United States Senate