Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
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.