Ground Zero mosque is 'local decision' Pelosi says





The debate over whether to build a mosque near the Ground Zero site of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks in New York is a "local decision", Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives has said.

The controversial Cordoba Muslim cultural centre has become a national debate and created a split in the Democratic party ahead of November's mid-term elections.

Ms Pelosi said she backed calls for transparency regarding who is funding the project - an Islamic community centre two blocks from the site of the former World Trade Center - but that it was also necessary to know who was bankrolling opposition to it.

Republicans have denounced the planned mosque on grounds that building a Muslim place of worship near where Islamist extremists attacked the United States offends the memory of the victims of Sept 11....




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