Imam Fears Moving Cultural Center May Cause Tension
Thursday, September 09, 2010
The Imam behind the proposed Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from ground zero says in retrospect, he might have chosen a different location for the project if he knew it would cause "this kind of pain." But moving the center now could incite a backlash from Muslim extremists. He says the dialogue about the proposed center still needs to be fair.
Speaking to CNN's Soledad O'Brian last night, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf called for truthfulness in the debate: "We've got to have justice for everybody. We're a country of justice for all, not justice for non-Muslims only, or some groups and not for others. We've got to really mean what we say and say what our values are truly about."
Opponents of the project say the center should be moved farther away from where Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center and killed nearly 2,800 people. Supporters say religious freedom should be protected.
Protests against the proposed community center are expected on Saturday, the 9th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.