XXXXXXXXX Exploratory Report Stake-Holders: People/Entities The conflict of the Ground Zero mosque has become one of the fiercest religious based debates in recent years. One of the most influential men in the debate is Feisal Abdul Rauf. Rauf is the Imam (leader in prayer) at the current New York City mosque just a few blocks away from the proposed location of the future mosque. He has put a lot of time and money into this proposed mosque and does not plan to give up on it. Another key person in this issue is Sharif El-Gamal, the CEO of Soho Properties. Soho Properties is the company who purchased the lot where they plan to build the mosque, and who is overseeing the hiring and funding to complete the project. Sharif and Feisal have been business partners in the past and are working together again on this mosque. Without Soho Properties, the construction of this mosque would not be feasible. With every issue, there are those who support it and those who oppose it. In this particular matter, the main people who both support and oppose it are politicians. The key political supporters are Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama. Bloomberg is the mayor of New York City and says this Islamic group has the Constitutional right to worship wherever they choose. The leading politicians who oppose this mosque are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich is best known for comparing Ground Zero to Pearl Harbor. All of these
politicians’ views are important in that they represent the American people and must take into consideration the poll numbers for the upcoming election. History/Background Information Soho Properties purchased the property at Park Place for $4.85 million in July 2009 (Fung). The projected cost of this mosque is expected to be around $100 million, making it the most costly mosque in America. Information has yet to be released as to where the funding will come from. This structure has many different...
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