A group of city firefighters, police officers, and relatives of those who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks gathered near the World Trade Center site on Monday to condemn Park51's potential re-application for federal grant money. The planned Islamic community center's previous application for a grant was denied last week.
Planned for construction two blocks away from the WTC site, Park51 currently houses a mosque on one of its floors.
"It's outrageous that my tax dollars would go to fund the mosque," said firefighter Tom Guarnieri, who worked on and off for several months on the cleanup effort after 9/11.
There have been no confirmed reports indicating that Park51 will re-apply for a federal grant, but protesters believe it will happen.