London mayor denounces anti-mosque campaign

London's mayor on Tuesday criticized what he called a vicious campaign posted on the British prime minister's Web site objecting to a plan to build a large mosque, when no such plan exists. Nearly 300,000 names appear on a petition on Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Web site demanding officials abolish the alleged plans to build a large mosque in Newham, east London, where much of the 2012 Olympics will take place. The petition says such a mosque would cause "terrible violence and suffering." Mayor Ken Livingstone, Brown's office and Newham local council have all denied the rumor.