Saudi King Abdullah, in an effort to quiet Muslim criticism in the United States, is quietly looking into moving the ground zero mosque to a less controversial Manhattan location, according to news reports surfacing Sunday.
New York lawyer Dudley Gaffin has contacted officials about the Saudi royal family's interest in moving the ground zero mosque to the shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital site in the West Village, the New York Post and other news organizations reported Sunday.
According to Mr. Gaffin, the king wants to save the hospital, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and provide an alternative location for the mosque, which has been the subject of protests for months.
The mosque, part of a $150 million project planned for a site near the destroyed World Trade Center, has drawn fire from critics, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and families of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
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