*A Christian legal group representing thousands of Americans opposed to the building of an Islamic mosque near Ground Zero has urged New York City officials to grant landmark status to the current building on the site.

The American Center for Law and Justice contends in a written testimony to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission that the building at 45-47 Park Place should be considered a landmark because the landing gear of one of the hijacked planes on 9/11 fell through its roof.

The site of 45-47 Park Place is where The Cordoba Initiative wants to build a 13-story, $100 million Muslim community center.

“We’re concerned that the City of New York is trying to fast-track and sidestep a well-documented process in order to clear the way for this sacred site to be used as a location to build an Islamic mosque,” expressed Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ, in a statement. “We urge city officials to reject the pressures of political correctness and embrace common sense,” said Sekulow. “This is not the place to build a mosque. It’s time to approve a landmark designation that will preserve the historical integrity of this building.”

ACLJ is currently representing Tim Brown, a firefighter and first responder who survived the 911 attacks on the Twin Towers and lost nearly 100 friends in the tragedy. The legal group also represents thousands of Americans who signed on to the Committee to Stop the Ground Zero Mosque.

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