Daisy Khan, head of the American Society for Muslim Advancement -- and one of the organizers of a proposed Islamic mosque and cultural center near the World Trade Center site -- says dropping the plan is not an option. The developers of Park51 also said Friday that they never had plans to meet with Gov. David Paterson to discuss his offer to help find a site other than the planned location.
Khan's husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is leading the project. He's currently on the first leg of a 15-day tour of the Middle East, funded by the U.S. State Department. When questioned during a stop in Bahrain on Friday, he refused to discuss the political firestorm over the project.
He spoke to reporters afer leading prayers at a mosque outside the capital of Manama, saying that radical religious views pose a security threat in both the west and the Muslim world.