WTC Mosque Leader: We Won’t Change Course

NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS)–A leader of the proposed Islamic center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero says dropping the plan in the face of protest is not an option.

Daisy Khan tells The Associated Press that she and other organizers of the center are closely consulting with American Muslim leaders as the plan moves forward. Khan says she realizes the uproar is affecting Muslims nationwide.

The project has created a national debate over religious tolerance and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Khan said Friday she’s under no pressure to change locations from the political leaders who previously expressed support.

Khan and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, say the center will promote moderate Islam. Critics say the location is insensitive to 9/11 families.

Rauf is on a Mideast tour funded by the U.S. State Department.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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  • greg

    i just don’t like the people opening the MOSQUE, their liars.

  • mike s.

    So what you guys are saying is that no white American can open a church in any American state because of their affiliation with: The Ku Klux Klan, Slavery, white supremacist groups, etc.?

  • Ali Haider

    for sure, this is not a place for mosque period, y in the world at this location, if its symbolic about peace or healing, build it 50-100 miles away, what difference does it make or what is such a big issue of moving location.

    • Willie

      50-100 miles away? Wow, were you dropped when you were a baby?

  • me

    The Imam of the now infamous “ground zero mosque” is a member of the ultra elitist Council On Foreign Relations and receives financial backing from powerful globalist sources including the Rockefellers, the Carnegie Corporation and the Ford Foundation.

  • Marie

    The smug arrogance is unmistakable.

    I see no peaceful out reach I see spite and direspect.

  • James

    Needlessly provocative. If this is truly about love, peace, and understanding, the leaders shouldn’t be so insensitive to New Yorkers’ and victims’ families’ opinions.

  • L.S

    I meant Inter-Faith Healing…

  • Paul

    If this was REALLY about religious freedom, they would split the building in half and have one part a mosque and the other half a Christian Church!

  • L.S.

    Why can’t it be a Center for Faith Healing…and not just for Muslims to worship but every faith affected in the 9/11 tragedy?

  • jessica

    Americans can be so close minded, it is disgusting and embarrassing. Why don’t a few of you peruse the Constitution and see what rights are guaranteed to its citizens, REGARDLESS of race. Morons.

    • Indiana

      you are the true moron here. this whole debate is NOT about rights or the Constitution and definetly not about race, its about sesitivity and respect. the attackers of wtc did it in the name of Islam and after few years, they are making a islam mosque just 2 blocks down and while the memories of the tragic event are still fresh in people’s mind? thats a insult and a disrespect. I am not accusing the religion but just saying people are not yet ready to open up to the religion that caused so much pain and the polls clearly shows this. they need to learn about some humility and relocate the mosque somewhere not so close to ground zero

  • Gordon

    has everyone forgotten what has happened in the past under the guise of virtually every religion know to man, especially the cathollics…lets just close down every religious venue and be done with it all…oh yes and let us not forget that many muslims also died during the trade centers bombing…i think pretty much people from every race, religion, ethnicity etc. perished that day…extremist are just that, extremist!!

  • Anthony

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    In all fairness

    If the imam would take into account the law of the united states and the muslum laws

    He would deliver osama bin laden and the leaders of the extremists and put them in that building forever showing and provinig that what he says is true and that extremist terrorists are every ones enamy and there are no sympathizers

    im sure everyone in the usa and in areas that suffer from under the hand of these extremists

    would build it , pay for it , support it , praise it

    Peace, understanding , respect , would prevail, every where that is

    suffering from these extremists

    If he does not take this into account and do this

    He is no more beleivable then the empty promising politicians

    with alterior motives

    I think he needs to prove him self in order to

    show everyone what this is truly about

    A mosque built on love respect and honor with the cooperation of every person who beleives in love respect and freedom


    A trophy mosque for extremist marters built by manipulating our freedom and laws to serve their desire for hatred and punishment

    Do unto others as you would want others to do unto u


    an ( eye for an eye )

    compramising between the 2

    deliver osama and the leaders

    this masque will be built where ever you want

    and every one will come together to get it done

  • Ken

    Perhaps we could outlaw all organized religions and be done with this @#$%. They’re all for idiots.

  • lordpet

    How can it be insensitive to 9/11 families when about 60 of those families are Muslim? Anybody who needs info on the Cordoba group can go here

    They are part of the community and the community accepts them. Manhattan is not defined by Ground Zero and Park Place is not some “sacred” street. If you don’t like the Islamic equivalent of a JCC, don’t swim in their pool. Pretty simple.

  • Gordon

    what is the big deal…there is already two maybe three mosques within the same radius as the one being proposed…

  • bob

    The fact is that most muslims agree with much of the extremist philosophy of radical islam, but also like the ability to earn a living in the U.S. This is why you haven’t heard a PEEP….not a PEEP out of the so called “moderate” muslims. There aren’t many of them. Read the Koran and you’ll find out why. It’s not a “religion of peace” at all. They’re supposed to convert the infidels to Islam or kill them. These people live in the middle ages. Wake up.

    • mike s.

      There’s a surah (109) in the Quran that states, “I worship not as you worship……You have your religion, and I have mine”. So it’s not about convert or kill. Plus why do all Muslims have to speak out about anything? Do you speak out about slavery, the ku klux klan, the raping priests, etc? Does every Priest have to come out and say “rape is bad”?

  • fed up

    Ok. No Catholic churches (or, heck, even Knights of Columbus centers, because that’s closer to what this so-called mosque is), near playgrounds. Deal?

  • Rhiannon

    So muich for the “comapssionate and merciful”. Si Deus Vult et Miserecordia et Iustituia!

  • J

    No Feisel, Imam Rauf wants violence, don’t fall into his trap. He’s trying to stir up the conflict so he can continue blaming the West for being attacked by Muslim terrorists. Just like how Muslims blame women for being victims of rape Imam Rauf blames Americans for being victims of Islamic jihad.

  • Madelyn

    your president has sealed the deal

  • DanTe

    Hey Stephen, pay attention to the facts. This is NOT a mosque. This is a “civic center” that they’re proposing to build. So “religious freedom” has nothing to do with it. It is not a mosque because these muslimes do not want any mosque located next to their future targets.

    This is nothing more than a memorial to the Islamic killers.

    By the way Stephen, could you please find a job around there? Hopefully in tall flammable buildings. Than mouth your holier-than-thou pious lunacies.

  • Nicole

    I blame obama for their smug arrogance and defiance-since he has given them his support-that’s all they need.
    They are not a peaceful outreach group.
    But we knew that.
    This is a mistake.
    This is not right.
    It spits in our face.

  • Feisal Feisal

    I say let them build it – just so someone can return the favor of 9/11 and blow it up, preferably on a Friday….

    • maggi

      like your thinking

    • Dee

      no kidding!

  • Stephen

    Michael, why? because I’m an American and believe in freedom of religion for all? Dufus.

    • Ken

      Stephen you’re an idiot.

      • Stephen

        Instead of simply calling me names, why don’t you give some concrete argument as to why they shouldn’t build it?
        It’s because you can’t. Another Dufus.

    • Michael

      Throughout history muslims built mosques at sites of major victories. If muslims are so peaceful why not a cry from the billions of muslims to denounce the adcts of the extreme. Listen carefully Stephen. Hear anythng? Neither do I. You think this is the end. This appeasement will just lead to bolder actons in the future similiar to Nazi Germany prior to WWII.

  • marie

    What is it called when you purposely cause additional grief and pain to a group that is already grieving and in pain?

    Oh yes, it’s called the peaceful outreach cordobal mosque.
    It is an outrage and it is beyond disrespectful.

    Why must it be right here? 200+ mosques in the city and still crying religious freedom denied????!!

  • Eli Elsar

    If you still have any doubts why this new mosque is being labelled, “The Cordoba Initiative”, surf to Google books for the title, “The Legacy of Muslim Spain”, and look at page 129. There its states openly that this mosque had “symbolic value” and was an “obvious connotation of victory.” read this and make your own conclusion why this had to be at Ground Zero and why it is referred to as the “Cordoba Initiative”.

    • MARIE


  • ItsAmerica

    This is why we Americans love Muslims so much, They are such an understanding and sensitive people. NOT!

    • mike s.

      In fact, when the Taliban’s intentions aligned with America’s goals during the Cold War the American’s did love them. Even called them freedom fighters. Freedom Fighters! The same Taliban, freedom fighters in the 80’s, terrorists 20 years later. Look it up. Educate yourself. Ignorance is terrible, and the media loves you for that.

      • mamsafa

        mike, it is great that you remind the world of that, at one time the Americans were on the side of Saddam but later they attacked Iraq blaming Saddam for atrocities.

  • melinda

    3000+ People died at the hands of islamic radicals !
    If this was a true and peaceful muslim organization they wouldn’t want to offend the families, residents and the memory of the deceased,
    enough is enough – politically correct and correct are two different things.

    • zino

      so many of the 3000+ who died were muslims! Muslims also suffered and still are suffering from 9/11. We need to build this islamic center to show to the world that freedom is winning and the crazy people who did 9/11 will loose forever…

    • Stephen

      Melinda: 3000+ people died at the hand of terrorists, not Muslims- You need to distinguish between a religion and a bunch of cowards that took matters into their own hands for furthering their means. You probably couldn’t comprehend this as most Americans tend to eat the B.S. the media gives them.

      • Madelyn

        How can you possibly condone this group?
        Radical imam, openeing date of 9/11/2011, wants US to be sharia compliaant, will not reveal funding sources?
        They are suspect and calling it Cordoba Initiative says enough.
        They are in bed with hamas who has publicly given it their blessing.

        These are not moderate muslims.

      • DEE

        Not all Muslims are terrorist but ALL terrorists ARE MUSLIM!!!!

  • Stephen

    That is great news! Freedom of religion for all !!

    • Michael

      Stephen you are an idiot

      • maggi

        rightly said Michael. These muslims show no compassion or understanding to the families of people who died at the hands of radicals of their faith. This shows you what kind of people they are!

  • Annette Roiphe

    Suggestion: Build a mall with buildings for several religions — a mosque, a synagogue, a catholic church, a protestant church, etc. This way, it could be a tribute to all.

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