September 8th, 2010
10:41 PM ET

Imam says religion, Islamic center should not be 'politicized'

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the religious leader behind plans to erect an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York's ground zero, said Wednesday night that moving it to another location would embolden Islamic radicals and help them incite violence against Americans.

"If we move from that location, the story will be the radicals have taken over the discourse," Rauf told CNN's Soledad O'Brien on "Larry King Live."

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  1. mike

    U build it and some amEricans wll destroy it u don't care how we feel so we don't care how u muslims feel burn baby burn

    September 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      u just better have a beer and chill bro

      September 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I am an African American and you say "we." I think it is a foolish foolish thing when people turn this into an American versus Muslim issue. The persons wanting to build this Islamic Center are Americans who have the same rights as YOU? Unless in your mind they are not Americans.

      If you feel that way, then you only see White people in America as truly Americans. People like me are nothing to you.

      This is the real problem today. White people in America distrust and are intolerant of any who are non-White. A corrupt and unreasonable race of people some of you are. It is OK to surround yourselves with strip joints and beer bars and casinos, but for another American – who happens to be Muslim – wanting to build an Islamic Center, you lose your minds. This shows how immoral you are. Strip joints are OK.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. jason

    let the muslims build their mosque, this is america-they have a 1st amendment right to do so

    September 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jason

    i would also be glad to visit that mosque once they build it i bet itll be nice too

    September 8, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jason

    man this blog is dead, aint no one postin here man...giggity giggity hello people...

    September 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoAnn

      You sound very young and I hope you have checked out more about the mosque. My question is, why can't they build it elsewhere to avoid this issue? I think most Americans would feel much better about it if it were not SO close to ground zero. Too many Americans try too hard to be politically polite.

      October 3, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shami

    soledad was hostile during her interview...her body language spoke volumes about her feelings of hate towards him. he is a highly educated and respected man in the community. would she act like that if she had a jewish leader on cnn? she was highly unprofessional! she never let him get a word in, she never told anyone that he was and is on the anti terror committies and instated by pesident bush? no, it was all about, why won't you move? is this a mistake, why don't you move? she never let him speak about his past and how it affects the future, she cut to a commercial and when she came back, she did not pick up where she told him she would contiunue from. i am outraged and dissapointed in cnn...she was a horrible interviewer.

    September 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eric

    Instead of spending the money on the structure, why don't they give it to the victims of 9/11?

    September 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      because the cost would be too high, too many victims–the mosque costs 100 million $ and there were over 3000 victims–$100 million is nowhere near enough to compensate all those victims

      September 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. terri edwards

    We should give all the camel jockey`s a one way ticket out of our country and never let back in. If it looks like a monkey and smells like a monkey...shoot it !

    September 9, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. HENRY

    how come a religious person like you could be so cold and uncaring toward those who grieve in memory of this site, there are a lot of other places to build such a center if you really care for the sake of humanity care less of differences towards religion. if you are truely a man of faith.

    September 9, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. bigaqu

    I am sorry to say that I've lost all respect for Solodad Obrien. She continued to ask the same question over and over. "Why do you insist on building the Mosque", she asked. The Imam answered the question honestly and forthrightly. As a Christian, I'm offended when O'brien seems unable to grasp the concept that the discourse over the building of the mosque has been usurped by radicals on both sides. To back down and give in to those elements is dangerous, as the Imam stated. Accept that this is his point and quite trying to get a big scoop and badger him into submission. What happened to intelligent journalism?

    September 9, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Soledad was obviously shakened and angered by Imam Feisal's calm responses. I too am a servant of the Most High God and a follower of His Christ. America – especially Christians in America – should be ashamed of themselves if they get carried away by the Quran burning and Islamophobia. How quickly they forget that they come from a long lineage of persecution. Now today, the "Christian" becomes the one doing the persecuting. This conduct is absolutely shameful, unloving, and Jesus will not recognize them as his sheep. (Matthew 7:21-23)

      It smacks down what Jesus taught about love of neighbor and lobe of enemy. http://www.e-prophetic.com/who-is-my-neighbor/

      September 9, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. jason

    the mosque built will hopefully better relations between muslims and non-muslims, ron

    September 9, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. jason

    personally i thought soledad acted like a stuck-up b@@ch! who in the hell is she to scorn someone for having an honest answer that makes sense. she is no one to judge she's supposed to be objective and listen–she's a journalist for allah's sake!!!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bill Barkus

    "IF" Collective 'America' were to allow the Imam to proceed and allow the building of the Muslim mosque, would said Imam, be willing, in his continuing stance of "inter-faith cooperation and Tolerances", then allow and support and help build say, a church of Pastor Jones denomination beside Mohammed's Tomb? Hmm?
    One wonders what his answer would be...

    September 9, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    The issue of building this mosque has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the national security. Infact this is a slap on the face to the United States of America and each and every individual American. This will never be permitted in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan, Libya, Somalia Or any other Islamic nation. What did he do during 011, why don't he come out openly to condemn the act, why don't he callon all the muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and all others to ask for peace and apollogy to the Unitd States.
    The Imam should go to Iraq, or any of the terrorist nations to build an Islamic center, to appeal to them to make peace.
    He can also go to Sudan to make peace, where thousands of Christians are killed on daily basis or go to nigeria where muslims are killing and burning christians alive and setting their homes ablaze.
    THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONAL ISSUE, AMERICA AND AMERICAN HAS TO BE VERY CAREFULL ABOUT ALLOWING THIS CENTER TO BE BUILT, IT WILL BE A CENTER TO BREW FRESH ISLAMIC NATION AND TERRORISTS IN AMERICA.
    wHAT IS WRONG WITH WHAT AMERICA IS BUILT ON? HOW MANY CHURCHES IS ALLOWED TO BE BUILT IN ANY ISLAMIC NATON.?
    if you know muslims and their practices you will caution any decision.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. john

    NOT EVERY MUSLIM IS A TERRORIST.
    BUT EVERY TERRORIST IS A MUSLIM !!!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • TheMuslim

      That is a common saying by Hindi fanatics used in India.Even Bollywood movies which are financed by the radical BJP
      ans RSS commnly use that in the movies.hahhaha

      September 9, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. TheMuslim

    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is too much obsessed with the Mosque in lower Manhattan. Does the Muslim world (1.5 billion Muslims) really care about a mosque in lower Manhattan? I doubt that.
    People in Pakistan are dying in thousands because of the devastated floods in recent days. The US $100 million dollar that he is using to build the “Cordova Project” should be used to help the poor and the needy in Pakistan at the moment. That would improve the image of the Americans in the Muslim World.
    As far as the Florida Pastor is concerned, he is burning the Holy Quran without even reading it and calling it the “Book of Satan”. He is an ignorant, uneducated, uncultured Southerner and a provoker. He along with his followers will be judged on the Day of Judgment by God. I am sure that Jesus Christ will approve of his actions. He just reminds me of Nazi’s who used to burn Jewish Holy books as well as their literature in the 1930.It began with that and was followed by the holocaust which led to the murder of six million innocent Jews. Is this a warning to the Muslims living in America?
    The burning of 200 Qurans which Muslims consider the word of God will definitely have a negative impact in the Muslim world as well put our troops in danger and nullify all the hard work that they have done to build bridges in war torn Muslim countries

    September 9, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Roy

      if all it takes for "The Muslim"s to go to war is a burning of a book, we do have a problem here in the U.S. Why is it bad to burn this book but ok to burn our flag, our books, or service people or anything this "great religion" wants? and why do they say that we are NASi...if someone burns a book? If this person is so great he should look at what the "muslim" are doing to Americans around the world, why is it "love" when it is something they want and evil when it isn't? all of a sudden it's the poor muslim and the evil Americans. What would Jesus do?.has he read the Bible?.how can he say this when the muslims say that Jesus was only a good person? if he really respects the Christians why is ok to kill all of them? and "she would not let him get a word in"..BS...to me this man is only great in his own mind, if he is so great why not move his mosque somewhere else? all he and his supporters want, is to make the people of the US fear him and his religion...why are we "nazis" when we burn this "holy Quran" but the burning of our flag and Bible ok?.He should remember that the holy quran is only holy to muslims not american christians. as to this man in Florida is going to burn a book, so what, the only people who are making a big deal here are the news people, next week no one will remember any of it if everyone would just forget all of it and get over it, move on. As a veteran I am really upset with this "great general", of our soldiers over there should not a be in charge of our American military people if he is worried about someone here burning a book will hurt our people, then he didn't have anything to began with. All of these "great" American politicans trying to be on the side of someone who wants to destroy American and not on the side of Americans, shame, shame on all of you. I'm sorry if I don't understand all of this, then again I'm only a old American
      and can not afford to pay some of our leaders a lot money to support America and not those who will give them a lot of money to support them, when I was young Americans cared for America first. I'm sorry, but thank you

      September 9, 2010 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
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