A building near the World Trade Center site was denied landmark status on Tuesday by a New York City panel, which now allows construction of a mosque and an Islamic community center in its place. Conservative critics, along with some family members of victims of the September 11 attacks, as well as first-responders, are calling the location insensitive, but the vote was applauded by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union, citing religious freedom. One opponent held a sign reading, "Don't glorify murder of 3,000. No 9/11 victory mosque."
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