Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Abdul Rauf Breaks Silence On Park51

Via a New York Times op-ed, Park51 Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf addresses the planned community center in-depth for the first time, highlighting some of the center's goals that have been lost in the increasingly-fevered "Ground Zero Mosque" hyperbole:
From the political conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians to the building of a community center in Lower Manhattan, Muslims and members of all faiths must work together if we are ever going to succeed in fostering understanding and peace.
At Cordoba House, we envision shared space for community activities, like a swimming pool, classrooms and a play space for children. There will be separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews and men and women of other faiths. The center will also include a multifaith memorial dedicated to victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
I am very sensitive to the feelings of the families of victims of 9/11, as are my fellow leaders of many faiths. We will accordingly seek the support of those families, and the support of our vibrant neighborhood, as we consider the ultimate plans for the community center. Our objective has always been to make this a center for unification and healing.
Yep, sounds exactly like the "15-story middle finger to America" that one classy commentator eye-rollingly referred to it as.  

Read the entirety of the Abdul Rauf piece here.

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