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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-20-10 04:30 PM
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141. a NYT article about Imam Feisal and his plan for the center written before the crazy hate campaign



Muslim Prayers and Renewal Near Ground Zero


By RALPH BLUMENTHAL and SHARAF MOWJOOD
Published: December 8, 2009


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As a Sufi, Imam Feisal follows a path of Islam focused more on spiritual wisdom than on strict ritual, and as a bridge builder, he is sometimes focused more on cultivating relations with those outside his faith than within it.

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Those who have worked with him say if anyone could pull off what many regard to be a delicate project, it would be Imam Feisal, whom they described as having built a career preaching tolerance and interfaith understanding.

He subscribes to my credo: Live and let live, said Rabbi Arthur Schneier, spiritual leader of Park East Synagogue on East 67th Street.

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The mayors director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Fatima Shama, went further. We as New York Muslims have as much of a commitment to rebuilding New York as anybody, Ms. Shama said. Imam Feisals wife, Daisy Khan, serves on an advisory team for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and Lynn Rasic, a spokeswoman for the memorial, said, The idea of a cultural center that strengthens ties between Muslims and people of all faiths and backgrounds is positive.


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Building so close is owning the tragedy. Its a way of saying: This is something done by people who call themselves Muslims. We want to be here to repair the breach, as the Bible says.

The F.B.I. said Imam Feisal had helped agents reach out to the Muslim population after Sept. 11. Weve had positive interactions with him in the past, said an agency spokesman, Richard Kolk. Alice Hoagland of Las Gatos, Calif., whose son, Mark Bingham, was killed in the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania, said, Its quite a bold step buying a piece of land adjacent to ground zero, but she said she considered plans for the site a noble effort.

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Joy Levitt, executive director of the Jewish Community Center, said the group would be proud to be a model for Imam Feisal at ground zero. For the J.C.C. to have partners in the Muslim community that share our vision of pluralism and tolerance would be great, she said.

Mr. El-Gamal agreed. What happened that day, he said, was not Islam.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/09/nyregion/09mosque.htm...






link to the cordoba intiative:

http://www.cordobainitiative.org /

link to Imam Feisal Press Conference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfIPO7CVflA


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 'Sad Day For America' If Ground Zero Mosque Plan Is Killed



Mayor Michael Bloomberg: 'Sad Day For America' If Ground Zero Mosque Plan Is Killed





NEW YORK New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it would be "a sad day for America" if opponents successfully kill plans for a mosque proposed near the World Trade Center site.

Bloomberg has been among a few outspoken elected officials supporting the plans for an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from ground zero.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/16/bloomberg-sad-...



"Let us not forget that Muslims were among those murdered on 9/11 and that our Muslim neighbors grieved with us as New Yorkers and as Americans. We would betray our values and play into our enemies' hands if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists and we should not stand for that." Mayor Michael Bloomberg


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