Construction Workers Vowing Not To Work On NY Islamic Center; Strippers OK With It
A number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero, in spite of high unemployment rates.
“It’s a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground,” said Dave Kaiser, 38 (pictured), a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.
“I wouldn’t work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11,” Kaiser said.
The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the “Hard Hat Pledge” on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.
“Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country,” said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. “People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there.”
Strippers who work near Ground Zero have a different take, however, as surveyed by the Wall Street Journal. Once dancer named Chris, who works at the Pussycat Lounge, volunteered with the Red Cross after the towers fell, and see no problem. Others seem equally unfazed.
As supporters held signs extolling religious freedom at the site of the proposed Islamic center Wednesday, a stripper who gave her name as Cassandra was working the afternoon shift at New York Dolls on Murray Street — just around the corner. She worried that calls to prayer from the mosque at Park51 might wake up neighbors. But when she was told that the organizers aren’t planning loudspeakers, she said she didn’t have a problem with the project.
“I don’t know what the big deal is,” Cassandra said. “It’s freedom of religion, you know?”Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2010 Liberaland