NEW YORK (AP) —Â The imam spearheading a proposed Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York says the fierce opposition is closely linked to the U.S. elections in November.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf says the political races have had a “major impact” in the protests against the project near the former site of the World Trade Center towers. He did not cite any particular campaign, but many conservative candidates have aligned themselves with the opposition.READ MORE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Republican Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Face Off In Fiery Debate
The imam also says the struggles facing American Muslims is similar to past religious-based prejudices against other groups, including Jews and Roman Catholics.READ MORE: Teacher Stephanie Edmonds On Why She's Not Getting The COVID Vaccine, Despite Mandate: 'The Hardest Decision I've Ever Made'
He made the comments in an interview published Monday in the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National.MORE NEWS: Hispanic Heritage Month: Ponce Family Passes Down Musical Art Of Mariachi Through Generations
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