Feisal Abdul Rauf, Moderate
Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the controversial Cordoba House (a.k.a. the “Ground Zero Mosque”), writes:
The wonderful outpouring of support for our right to build this community center from across the social, religious and political spectrum seriously undermines the ability of anti-American radicals to recruit young, impressionable Muslims by falsely claiming that America persecutes Muslims for their faith. These efforts by radicals at distortion endanger our national security and the personal security of Americans worldwide. This is why Americans must not back away from completion of this project. If we do, we cede the discourse and, essentially, our future to radicals on both sides. The paradigm of a clash between the West and the Muslim world will continue, as it has in recent decades at terrible cost. It is a paradigm we must shift.
Clearly, this is not the perspective of a man sympathetic to Al-Qaeda. So what, exactly, is it about his plan to build an Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero that offends us?