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.READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Fatally Stabbed In Brooklyn, Police Questioning Person Of Interest
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.READ MORE: Ahead Of Father's Day, Mets Host Families Who Lost Loved Ones On 9/11: 'It Opens Up The Wounds'
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.
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