After the surrounding Staten Island community screamed and shouted against the deal it seems the priest in charge has had a change of heart.
Muslim American Society board member Ayman Hammous didn't mince words when explaining why the deal to turn the deserted Staten Island Catholic convent into a Muslim mosque may fall through.
'It is a sort of racism,' Hammous said. 'The community in Midland Beach has been hijacked by Islamaphobes.'
He pointed to the raucous meeting last week, where hundreds packed the hall and denounced the deal, linking the Muslim American Society to terrorists."