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Muslim center dispute sparks New York rallies

<p>A man holds a sign during a rally held to support a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>

A man holds a sign during a rally held to support a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

A man holds a sign during a rally held to support a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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<p>Dominick DeRubbio holds a picture of his uncle David DeRubbio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks, during a rally held to oppose a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010. Supporters and opponents of a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site rallied in downtown Manhattan on Sunday, kept blocks apart by a heavy police presence. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>

Dominick DeRubbio holds a picture of his uncle David DeRubbio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks, during a rally held to oppose a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010....more

Dominick DeRubbio holds a picture of his uncle David DeRubbio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks, during a rally held to oppose a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010. Supporters and opponents of a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site rallied in downtown Manhattan on Sunday, kept blocks apart by a heavy police presence. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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<p>Supporters chant and hold signs during a rally held in support of the proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque that would be built near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>

Supporters chant and hold signs during a rally held in support of the proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque that would be built near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Supporters chant and hold signs during a rally held in support of the proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque that would be built near the World Trade Center site in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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<p>Opponents of a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site hold signs during a rally in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>

Opponents of a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site hold signs during a rally in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Opponents of a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site hold signs during a rally in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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<p>Marilyn Moorcromt holds a sign, in support of the proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque that would be built near the World Trade Center site, as she stands across the street from a rally held in opposition to the project in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>

Marilyn Moorcromt holds a sign, in support of the proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque that would be built near the World Trade Center site, as she stands across the street from a rally held in opposition to the project in New York August 22,...more

Marilyn Moorcromt holds a sign, in support of the proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque that would be built near the World Trade Center site, as she stands across the street from a rally held in opposition to the project in New York August 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

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<p>The front of a lower Manhattan building that will possibly house the Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center in New York August 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

The front of a lower Manhattan building that will possibly house the Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center in New York August 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The front of a lower Manhattan building that will possibly house the Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center in New York August 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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