Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will talk with CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Wednesday night about his decision to move ahead with plans to build a community center and mosque within blocks of New York's ground zero.
The interview, which will be shown at 9 p.m. ET, comes after he wrote an New York Times editorial addressing the controversy about the plan. Opponents of the plan say the center would be too close to the site of the 2001 terror attacks and is an affront to the memory of those who died in the al Qaeda strike.
Below is a round-up of CNN's other coverage on the issue published in the past 24 hours:
- Who is Rauf? CNN's Eliott McLaughlin reports that he has stepped into controversial issues before, but with words of temperance.
- Akbar Ahmed, professor and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, offers an opinion on how Rauf and Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who plans a Quran burning in Florida on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, can live their faiths.
- Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University in New York, writes that the Islamic center is a historic mark of freedom in the U.S.
- Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar, writes that Rauf is not just a Muslim, but a Sufi as well.
- Eboo Patel, founder and president of a Chicago-based organization building interfaith cooperation, writes about the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf that he knows.
After Rauf's interview on CNN, go to iReport to tell us whether itÂ changed your mind about the Islamic center or reinforced your opinion.