Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (rah-OOF') said in an interview that aired today that the controversy over the mosque site has heightened concerns among Muslims of rising Islamophobia. He says fear of Islam is possibly greater than it was immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
He also says the project made the front page of papers when it was approved last December and was not questioned, and that it has become a debate for political reasons.
Inside Park 51 will be an inter-faith prayer area open to all, including Jews, Christians and Hindus, as well as a Memorial to 9/11. There is already a mosque inside the Pentagon, and used to be two mosques inside the World Trade Center.
Imam Rauf said this issue was publicly known since last December and that if he'd known it would turn into all THIS he wouldn't have done it, but now that it has - there's a danger into backing down and running away in that it would prove that point of the Radicals in Isalm that "America Hates Muslims".
But that's not the case, some Americans frankly HATE Americans - and Islam and Muslim are simply a tool for implementing that.
The mainsteam media is like the Dog from the Movie "Up".
Dog: "My master is so good to me, he gave me this collar so I could talk... SQUIRREL!