Streams

Imam Feisal: Onward

Wednesday, September 08, 2010 - 11:54 AM

Just in case you missed it, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf emerged from his two-month silence on Park 51 with this op-ed in the NYT:

We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House. More important, we are doing so with the support of the downtown community, government at all levels and leaders from across the religious spectrum, who will be our partners. I am convinced that it is the right thing to do for many reasons.

 

What's that, you ask -- he's calling it Cordoba House? What happened to Park 51, the tony, rebranded name for the project? Amidst all the furor, perhaps this is a minor point. But still, it confuses.

One more thing: a fellow reporter pointed out that Rauf does not explicitly say the project is proceeding at the same location. Was that a simple oversight on his part, or should we interpret that to be the beginning of a rollout, announcing a new venue?

Personally, I didn't read it that way.

To say the project is going forward, in my opinion, while actually planning to move it, would feel like he's got his fingers crossed behind his back. After all, "The Project" is all about location right now, at least in terms of the public debate and the feelings of 9/11 family members who consider this an affront.

Tags:

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

About Micropolis

Little Bits of a Big City

Feeds

Supported by