Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Imam of the "Ground Zero Mosque"

As I mentioned a few days ago, the controversy about New York's Park51 is in no danger of cooling down even though it appears that all engines are go for the project to proceed.  One of the most consistent talking points I've heard is all about questioning the motives of Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam who's spearheaded the center, with vague allusions cast towards his "questionable" associations (allusions deployed by people who are themselves questionable, by the way).  

And all of this is despite the fact that Abdul Rauf has consistently denounced extremism, and even written books like What's Right With Islam is What's Right With America to prove that point.  Hoping to cut through some of the noise, Time has posted a fairly in-depth profile of Abdul Rauf, who they describe as "just the kind of 'peaceful Muslims' whom Sarah Palin, in her now infamous tweet, asked to 'refudiate' the mosque."  I doubt it'll change the minds of anyone who's already made theirs up, but it's nice to have out there.

(Thanks to my friend Eric San Juan for passing this one along.)

1 comment:

Omar A. said...

Thanks for posting, I'll check it out.

On a different note, it's kind of a pain to post comments on Blogger (at least, in comparison to Facebook). No wonder Facebook is #1.