NEW YORK – A conservative advocacy group founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson is suing to try to block a planned Islamic community centre and mosque near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The mosque proposal has become a fulcrum for balancing religious freedom and the legacy of the attacks. It would be two blocks from ground zero, the World Trade Centwe site.

The American Center for Law and Justice says it filed a petition yesterday challenging a city panel’s decision to let developers tear down a building to make way for the mosque.

The Washington-based group is representing a firefighter who survived the terrorist attacks.

Opponents say the mosque plan insults the memory of those killed by Islamic terrorists nearly nine years ago. Supporters see it as a monument to tolerance.