I've put "MOSQUE" and "GROUND ZERO" in all caps, because that is what it is. According to its would-be founders, the site was chosen because it is close to GROUND ZERO - "where a piece of the wreckage fell" - and their previous remarks clearly demonstrate their intention to build a MOSQUE.
In the first place, the most visible representative of this project is an IMAM, a MUSLIM RELIGIOUS LEADER, who published a book in 2004, the Malaysian title of which translates as: A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post-9/11. The fact that Feisal Abdul-Rauf is an imam, along with the title of his book, alone should serve as enough proof that this project is considered a MOSQUE, but there is more evidence, including a listing by the Cordoba Initiative on IslamicFinder emphasizing the "Islamic center" as a place that "can accomodate 1,000 people to pray in Jamat at one time." (The Arabic word "jamat" means "group" or "community," used in reference to Islam.)
Secondly, the delineation of the MOSQUE'S location from Ground Zero is a completely disingenuous attempt to speak out of both sides of the mouth in the wake of the fervent controversy caused by this thoughtless proposal. Indeed, as also indicated by his book title and as Rauf himself has explicitly stated, the site was chosen precisely because it is located at or near Ground Zero, as reported in December 2009 by the mosque-favoring New York Times:
The location was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims who bought the building in July. A presence so close to the World Trade Center, "where a piece of the wreckage fell," said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric leading the project...
Nevertheless, if this project is NOT a mosque, then there is no question of the "freedom of religion" argument for giving it a green light. Hence, all the shrieking about the owners' Constitutional "rights" would be moot. But, as we all know fully well, it IS primarily a mosque, which will occupy the top levels of the proposed project, basically overlooking the site of destruction, evidently serving as some - including other Muslims - have called a "flag of conquest."
A place of 'good will?'
Naturally, Rauf asserts that the building of his mosque at Ground Zero will be for the purpose of creating "good will," yet we can see from the reaction and subsequent actions of its proponents that is has done anything but. The obnoxious and arrogant response from his wife, Daisy Khan, for example, demonstrates what appears to be absolute contempt for the opinions and feelings of the some 60-70% of Americans who find this project needlessly offensive. As union representative Andrew Sullivan remarked, while some of the 9/11 victims' families sat weeping and clutching photographs of their lost loved ones, Khan's clan members were laughing and celebrating their "victory" at the community board hearing.
Fortunately, as we can see from yet another brilliant video of his, world-renowned social commentator Pat Condell understands all these facts, which the Associated Press and others have now disgracefully begun to cover up in their attempts to pander to Islamist sensibilities. Remember this fact when you are considering this global brouhaha: These Islamic organizations represent a mere one to two percent of the American populace; yet, even at this tiny level they have the ability to throw the entire country into disarray. Contrary to the calumnious and libelous pro-mosque commentaries, it is because of THIS sort of insensitive, arrogant and megalomaniacal behavior that so many are beginning to resent Islam's incursions into the United States, not because of some mindless bigotry and "Islamophobia." Indeed, the very smearing of Islam's critics with this epithet, "Islamophobia," is a ploy to shut up anyone who recognizes the brutality of Islamic law and doctrine, and this very tactic makes critics dislike and distrust Islamist intentions even more. In other words, Islam's brutal legacy and ongoing bullying are the very reasons for "Islamophobia," nothing more or less.
Sources & Further Reading
Muslim Prayers and Renewal Near Ground Zero
Muslim's 16 Point Plan on Trying to Silence us by Using the Term "Islamophobia"
Tears of Jihad: These figures are a rough estimate of the death of non-Muslims by the political act of jihad
Who is Ground Zero mosque developer El-Gamal?
Meet the 'Ground Zero mosque' imam
Wahhabi links for Ground Zero mosque
The Mosque at Ground Zero, a Muslim View: Planting a Flag on an Islamic Conquest
Islamic center leader says site is not moving
AP Standards Center issues staff advisory on covering New York City mosque
What the Ground Zero mosque is really about?
Mischief in Manhattan: We Muslims know the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation
More Muslims Speak Out Against Ground Zero Mosque
Ground Zero Mosque Developer Is a Thug With Checkered Past
Muslim: Mosque really about pushing Sharia law