September 8th, 2010
10:17 PM ET

Imam says religion, Islamic center should not be 'politicized'

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the religious leader behind plans to erect an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York's ground zero, said Wednesday night that moving it to another location would embolden Islamic radicals and help them incite violence against Americans.

"If we move from that location, the story will be the radicals have taken over the discourse," Rauf told CNN's Soledad O'Brien on "Larry King Live."

Rauf said he was speaking about "radicals" on both sides of the debate on the Islamic center. "Our national security now hinges on how we negotiate this, how we speak about it."

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque

soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. wyominguy

    Its just simple common sense, the mosque does NOT belong at GZ or anywhere near it. The promoters of this plan Know it, they are intelligent people and in my mind they are just getting publicity.

    October 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  2. Alan Breton

    A mosque, and a butcher shop specializing in pork chops open side by side. Whose place do you think will be bombed first?

    October 4, 2010 at 2:19 am |
  3. udonot knowwww

    The imam seems to be getting away with putting an islamic center near Ground Zero – even though it's insulting and inflammatory to many Americans.

    The Gainesville pastor get s a bill for merely thinking about burning korans.

    Don't you see a double standard here? America is not the free country it used to be.

    The self-appointed "politically correct" see themselves as the sole possessors of the truth, and refuse anyone else the right to disagree.

    September 19, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  4. Rafael DiCristina

    Dave asks: "Really? So answer me this one question, when the buildings fell and thousands died. Why where there Muslims dancing in the streets ALL over the world. You say fringe but the celebration was not fringe so how do you explain that celebration?"

    Answer: They are celebrating because they are Anti-American and Anti-Western; they are NOT celebrating because their religion directed them. By the way, anybody that claims to be "religious" and celebrates the death of a human being, is not in my book a "religious" person. And I have seen more than my share of people of all "faiths" celebrating death!

    September 9, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  5. Johnny Five

    The dude wears MAKEUP! How can anyone take him seriously??

    September 9, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  6. no-islamic center

    We should not have any religious centers in ground zero. US don't have to please any Muslim country/population for it's survival. The muslims in US are here in this land because they want to be here (out of desparation) and not because US invited them. If they cannot deal with these situations, let them return back(should see how many will do that?).
    The muslim countries will never improve. Look at the situation of women and children in those countries. One woman is sentenced for "stoning until death" in Iran. What kind of civilization is this? In all these muslim countries you'll hear horrible stories on treatment towards women. The muslims also say that the "holy Quran" does not say this and that. The men raised in that religion do all kind of nasty and in human things.

    however, once interesting observation is :
    All muslims are not terrorist, but, all terrorists are muslims!! Hmmm...

    September 9, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  7. Sandra

    Okay, let's compromise! The Iman pleas we support the construction of the mosque claiming it will be a center with prayer spaces for Muslims, Jews, Christians and others, and by doing that, we would “build relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims.
    So, based on this proposal, let's also build the same centers in Saudi-Arabia where no churches or temples are allowed to be build? That would be fair, let's get our churches and temples build in sacred places in the middle east too.

    September 9, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  8. polknole

    Why did Soledad do this "interview"? She obviously was biased and had her own agenda. What a waste of a great moment. It is a smear upon the Larry King Live show – Larry, you will be sorely missed.

    September 9, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  9. Dan

    Strip clubs are sacred to me.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  10. Carl

    Odd to me, Many seem to forget that Muslims around the world were dancing in the streets when the buildings fell. Now they want us to believe that this is peacful? Then what was the celebrations for? NO MOSQUE

    September 9, 2010 at 6:31 am |
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