Gov. calls for end to mosque talk during holiday

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, arrives at a Muharraq, Bahrain, mosque where he led midday prayers Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, and spoke briefly with worshipers. Rauf, the imam leading plans for an Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York, is on a U.S.-funded outreach tour to Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to talk about religious tolerance in America. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

September 7, 2010 3:42:00 AM PDT
New York Governor David Paterson is asking New Yorkers to stop discussions about the proposed Islamic cultural center near ground zero for at least one week.

Paterson says discussions about the plan should stop during this week's Jewish and Muslim holidays.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is this week. The celebration of Ramadan comes to an end at the end of the week.

Paterson says the focus this week should be on concern for those who lost family on 9/11.