September 9th, 2010
08:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Imam interview, Quran burning plan, pirates

Islamic center near ground zero -  The religious leader behind plans to build an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York's ground zero said Wednesday night that America's national security depends on how it handles the controversy.

"If we move from that location, the story will be the radicals have taken over the discourse," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told CNN's Soledad O'Brien on "Larry King Live." CNN is asking for your take on the interview, trying to learn more about the man behind the Islamic center and looking at how media around the world reacted to the interview.

Florida church's plans to burn Qurans - President Obama on Thursday said a Florida church's plans to burn dozens of Qurans this weekend would be a "recruitment bonanza" for al Qaeda. Obama said he hoped the pastor, the Rev. Terry Jones, understands that the planned burning is a "destructive act" that may have a dangerous fallout.

In response, an Islamic group said it has plans to give away Qurans. CNN also will take a look at how Muslims are reacting to the burning plan.

U.S. forces board pirate-captured vessel - U.S. Marines boarded and seized control Thursday of a German-owned vessel that pirates had captured earlier off the Somalia coast, the U.S. Fifth Fleet said.

It's the first time U.S. military forces off Somalia have staged an action to board a commercial vessel in which pirates were on board with hostages, said a U.S. Navy spokesman, who was not authorized to speak publicly but had direct knowledge of the incident.

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  1. Dr. Robert V. d'Amato

    Terribly disappointed in Soledad O'Brien's interview with the Imam Rauf which failed miserably in comparison with the standard set by Larry King. O'Brien behaved like an advocate for those opposing the building of the mosque, at times behaving like an ill-informed high school student playing "Gotcha!" Her incessant return to the issue of 71% of Americans being opposed to the mosque was weak and only served to bury the real issues. If I were a Muslim American watching that interview I would become convinced that there is no place in America for me. Shame on you, Soledad.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Isn't that the real issue though. More then half of the country doesn't like the plan but there are only few people wanting to go forward with the plan. Despite that, Imam says we should all come together. Well how about this, from tomorrow I make my own demands, I don't care for the crowd and say my decision is the right decision and we should all come together for the sake of peace. Would you join me even though it hurts you?

      September 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane Donlon

      Soledad gave a wonderful interview with the Imam. Not your PC interview that Larry King or Christian Amanpour would give. As a Canadian I wish we had an interviewer like Soledad on our CBC. No such luck! Way to go Soledad. You exposed this Imam for what he is. A slick oily snake salesman!

      September 25, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dr.Humaira Syed

    I completely agree with Dr. Robert d"Amato, and his opinion on Soledad O'Brien. Another REAL interview should be done by a real journalist.

    September 9, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Olivia Korringa

    Where is the Pope in giving an order to stop the burning of the Quran? If Rev. Terry Jones will change his mind if he hears from God or the White House, and it isn't coming from either of them. The Pope should suffice.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Glenn

    Its ok to burn our flag but not there quran bull USA #1

    September 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Terry

    Please read THE BOOK 'NOMAD' written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali who lived through a personal journey and experienced living by the rules of the Quran. This book has been published by a division of Simon and Schuster which is part of the Free Press. Learn about the awful injustices committed against women born into the Islam faith. Denial of education, forced marriage dictated by their father, genital mutilation, restriction of freedom of movement and a choice of dress. They are allowed to be beaten by their husbands if they don't conform to their wishes and men can have many wives and easy name a few. How can the Quran be called "HOLY" ? Can this really be called a Religion?

    September 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malsi Xus

      Such outrage about a book written by seventh century men. Where's the outrage for all the innocent people who are killed in the name of this book?

      How many wars are currently going on around the world due to this book?

      Can Islam even be considered a religion? The US was founded on freedom of religion and this religion is against freedom of religion.

      If you're religion doesn't allow religious freedom, can you be considered a religion?

      They also hate each other Sunni vs. Shi'ite.

      The US should burn a 1000 Koran's for every US citizen killed by a terrorist.

      September 10, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mick

    Agree, bad job by Soledad, not up to the standards.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fukobama

    Muslim is a cult like kkk but only the difference is muslims have oil,money and that's all our government cares to protect not these countries threating our soldiers and country.what prez going to do?

    September 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ron

    National security DOES NOT hinge on the way we deal with the Mosque issue, our security hinges on God and the hard work of our great security agencies... beware the "tone" of "let us build, or else..."

    September 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fukobama

    Haha,muslims upset over terry burning qurans,and american support him, sorry muslims obama cant do nothing to stop him or others,now muslims know it feels, sorry he protect by our laws,but didnt these same people say building a mosque next to ground zero should be done bz it protected?

    September 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karen

    Muslim's cant handle the heat..If I was living in their country with my bible. They would kill me. Put me in prison for life..They sound like a bunch of babies.. Boo!! Hoo!!..

    September 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lies

    Fuk imam

    September 10, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. fukimam

    Censorship by cnn if you try make comment about imam try it

    September 10, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. ray hatch

    burning qurans isnt going to make a difference in the number of our troops killed.the general must say what pleases the president or he could be reassigned.

    September 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. luvvyhowell

    Truly a waste of my time.
    Absolutely agree with Dr.Humaira Syed.
    Was there no one else who could have conducted this important interview?

    September 13, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Art

    The iman is a muslim. That says it all.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |