Religion in Society

Mosque Opponents: Donald Trump to the Rescue?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Opponents of the mosque near Ground Zero in New York City are hoping Donald Trump can come to their rescue and buy the property.


The idea of someone buying the site emerged Wednesday when the owner of the buildings said he would be willing to sell if the money is not raised to build the mosque.

"Develop it, raze it, sell it," Hisham Elzanaty told the Associated Press. "If someone wants to give me 18 or 20 million dollars today, it's all theirs."

The Egyptian-born developer who now lives in New York added, "I'm a businessman. This was a mere business transaction for me,"

Elzanaty provided most of the funding for the $4.8 million used to buy half the site last year. He said he has received offers for three times that price. The AP said it's not clear whether Elzanaty has the authority to sell the site.

However, if he does, a key opponent of the mosque has one name in mind.

"Donald Trump has spoken out very strongly against it and he's a property guy. I would love it if he would step in," former firefighter Tim Brown told the New York Daily News. "I think a lot of us would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him or anyone else if they decided to step in."

Trump has not commented on the possibility of buying the site.