Monday, September 13, 2010

Imam: NYC mosque site is not 'hallowed ground'

 
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, addresses the Council on Foreign Relations, Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, in New York. AP – Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, addresses the Council on Foreign …

NEW YORK – The imam leading the effort to build an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero says there is a "misperception" that the proposed site is sacred ground.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said Monday that the location where the center would be built, two blocks from the World Trade Center, has a strip joint and betting parlors nearby. He says it's "absolutely disingenuous" to suggest that it is "hallowed ground."
He also says the location is important, because it will serve as a platform where the voice of moderate Muslims can be amplified.
Rauf make his remarks before the Council on Foreign Relations.
Rauf says the center will be a place for all faiths to come together. He says "the world is watching what we do here" and that it is important to "live up to our ideal."

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