September 1st, 2010
01:13 PM ET

Imam behind Islamic center project returning to New York

The imam behind the controversial Park51 Islamic community center project is returning home after a State Department-sponsored tour in the Middle East, department spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday.

Toner said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will leave the region on Thursday and be back in New York the same day.

This was his fourth outreach trip overseas for the State Department. In 2007, he made two similar trips to the Middle East for the Bush administration, and in January this year he traveled to Egypt, his first trip or the Obama administration.

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  1. InsertPictureofMohammadHere

    Just in time to organize a news conference so that he can publicly condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization for the sanctioned killed of four people, including a pregnant woman, as a political statement.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SLC Gary


      September 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • LetsBeRational

      i would also hope that a mention of the Palestinian mothers, children, and pregnant women that have been systematically killed for decades now would be made, seeing as how they seem to be left out of every news cycle, though they are many times more numerous, and far too often occuring.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • InsertPictureofMohammadHere

      It's a tragedy that there have been so many unneccessary deaths to both sides. However, sanctioned murder which is celebrated by a representative group is reprehensible at best. Choosing to refuse to admit Hamas is a terrorist organization makes you just as culpable, particularly when you're in a position of influence. How can he possibly wonder why there's so much opposition to his mosque? If Muslims want to be accepted in general by Americans, they need to understand that staying on the sidelines isn't an option.

      September 2, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stans Friend

    Hey guys, will you visit SAVESTAN . ORG a friend of mine with 4 young children is fighting for his life

    September 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • hungrytruth

      what does this have to do with this blog.

      September 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dennis May

    Set up more meeting times
    Current mood: energetic

    I set up more meeting times at Joyce Beers Community Center. One for January 7th and one at January 21st. There is some confusion with the actual address. Some say it's 3900 Vermont, 1010 Vermont, 1220 Cleveland, 1230 Cleveland. I don't know the exact address, but it's near Ralphs.

    Been having strange dreams.

    I can't seem to stop myself from this venture. I can't think about anything else except this and this alone. Thanks for ruining my life Shannon.

    I am ready to go all the way with this one. All the way guys!

    Read more:

    September 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. george in texas

    with this imam taking so many trips to the mideast at taxpayers' expense, presumably to preach tolerance, would the saudis now let the infidenls in their country build their churches and synagogs and other worship centers? or is he just going around raising funds for the victory mosque in manhattan?

    September 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trooth

      George is right about it being a victory mosque. Why doesn't the media report the killing of Christians in areas controlled by Muslims. The Democrats claim separation of state and religion, but taxpayer money is being used to build mosques around the world.

      September 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Angelina

    Just in time to explain where the money is coming from that is funding the mosque, why he and his wife are being so stubborn at refusing to select a different site, why he wants the mosque to open on 9/11/11 – exactly 10 years after the terrorist attacks on the United States, and to explain his past statements about how the United States caused the 9/11 attacks. The objection to the site of this mosque has nothing to do with Islamaphobia, discrimination, or denying freedom of religion – it has to do with respect and consideration. Something this group of people needs to understand. Islam is spread through the sword, but we won't tolerate that in this country and we are not afraid to speak out – because if he and his religion had its way – we would be hanged from the lamp posts for protesting. We don't want Sharia law in this country – take that back home to the camel herders.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. restoreamericamom

    I just watched the coverage on CNN of Islamophobia. If I did not know that the money man who bought the building HAD BEEN A WAITER with a long rap sheet, or had not seen the video of the Imam's statements about the USA and blood on Americans hands and the desire to have Sharia law(women tortured and murdered law) I certainly would not have received that info. from CNN. Where are the journalist's? What is difficult with giving facts not opinions? What ever happened to reporting the facts? Americans are not pure bloods, we are many mixed bloodlines from everywhere, we are amazing we help everyone, we have succeeded in building a nation more successful in our short time of existence than any on our planet. CNN haters, the non fact race card throwing, we hate freedom and liberty and people who DARE TO ASK QUESTIIONS folks keep stirring the divide and conquer pot. It is sad that our founders thought our media to be the 4th branch, perhaps not being watched by Americans has not had a direct result yet for CNN. Here's a thought why try to slant stories and leave FACTS out replaced by opinion, why not ummmm REPORT FACTS and let Americans or the world make up their own minds!

    September 2, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. restoreamericamom

    Maybe CNN would explain why did Mohammad marry a six year old bride? Is it naughty to ask this question which is based on the Koran writings?

    September 2, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. restoreamericamom

    Why does CNN think it is wrong to ask how someone who was a waiter in NY with a long rap sheet got enough money for the building they want to locate the 9/11 mosque in?

    September 2, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. restoreamericamom

    Maybe CNN could ask the Imam what he meant when he said in the video posted on Atlas shrugs website(not CNN) that Americans have more Islamic blood on their hands than Islam has of Americans and how is that a "bridge building" quote and point?

    September 2, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. truthie

    We as Americans are getting weak I'm afraid. This will be the downfall of our great nation. We are bending too far over to make sure we don't "offend" someone from another country....It's time we all stood up for OUR country and stop trying to kiss everyone else's A$$!

    September 2, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. hungrytruth

    I fully understand how people feel about 911. I was there too. I was traumataized and scared like all of us.
    But I have to wonder why people in this country do not stand up for the peaceful muslims here. Who is defending the thousands of american born muslims in our armed forces, fighting, laying down their lives for America. There were moslims in the towers on 911, they died too. What do we tell them. How do we justify to their families that their loved ones have given their lives and yet are considered terrorists by weak minded people who are bent on revenge, ignorantly refusing to accept the fact that these dedicated people had absolutely nothing to do with it. Wake up America.
    This kind of rhetoric I read in these blogs is pure paranoia. That scares me too.

    September 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dale schory

    As a practcing buddhist i can look at this open mindedly & can say-an eye for a eye leaves the world blind.

    September 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |