Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said in an interview that aired Sunday that the controversy over the mosque site has heightened concerns among Muslims of rising Islamophobia.
New Yorkers stood ready at Zuccotti Park Saturday, once again, to honor the innocents murdered on September 11.
The man behind the mosque finally stepped in front of the cameras on Wednesday night. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said he’s not changing locations.
He called for a one week moratorium on the controversial debate.
Rauf returns at a time of increased worry over just where the money for Park51 is coming from.
Federal Judge Deborah Batts sentenced Mamdouh Mahmud Salim in the 2000 stabbing of guard Louis Pepe. The stabbing left Pepe brain-damaged and blind in one eye.
Despite assurances from its developer, an overwhelming number of New Yorkers want prosecutors to keep tabs on the financing for the proposed mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero.
Community Board-1 President Julie Menin intially voted in favor of the proposed Islamic center. That was before the project mushroomed into a divisive, paralyzing discourse.