New York is the “freest city is the world”. In his stirring speach defending the rights of a property owner to build a house of worship on private property, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:
“Our doors are open to everyone. Everyone with a dream and a willingness to work hard and play by the rules. New York City was built by immigrants, and it’s sustained by immigrants — by people from more than 100 different countries speaking more than 200 different languages and professing every faith. And whether your parents were born here or you came here yesterday, you are a New Yorker.”
The link below is the Mayor’s complete speech. Read it. Pass it on to those who ignore history. Pass it on to those who love history. This event is the making of history. Immigration, religious tolerance and the history of New York City symbolize why the US remains the “gold standard” for people around the globe.