Islamic Center Backers Won't Rule Out Taking Funds from Saudi Arabia, Iran

Paterson's office did not return calls for comment from ABCNews.com, but he told CNN's "Larry King Live" on Wednesday that he is open to finding a compromise site with the Islamic center's developers.

"If people put their heads together, maybe we could find a site that's away from the site now but still serves the ... area. That would be a noble gesture to those who live in the area who suffered after the attack on this country, and at the same time would probably in many ways change a lot of people's minds about Islam, which is really a peaceful religion practiced by peace-loving people," he said.

"There's no attempt at pressure or coercion here. I'd just like to talk about what might be a magic moment in our history."

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., has called for an investigation into funding, not for the center, but for the conservative effort to oppose it.

"There is no question that there's a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some," Pelosi told San Francisco radio station KCBS. "I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded."

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