September 7th, 2010
09:39 PM ET

Faith leaders denounce anti-Muslim sentiment

CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) - The imam at the center of an ugly controversy over an Islamic center near New York's ground zero broke his silence Tuesday, just hours after a broad coalition of Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders denounced what they described as a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry across the United States.

"I have been struck by how the controversy has riveted the attention of Americans, as well as nearly everyone I met in my travels," said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in an editorial published online by the New York Times Tuesday night.

"We have all been awed by how inflamed and emotional the issue of the proposed community center has become," wrote Rauf, who has just returned from a State Department-sponsored Middle East trip to promote U.S.-Muslim relations. "The level of attention reflects the degree to which people care about the very American values under debate: recognition of the rights of others, tolerance and freedom of worship."

The imam was clear about his intentions.

"We are proceeding with the community center, Cordoba House. More important, we are doing so with the support of the downtown community, government at all levels and leaders from across the religious spectrum, who will be our partners. I am convinced that it is the right thing to do for many reasons," he wrote.

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Updated: 9:39 p.m.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Islam
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  1. Mike

    I am watching your show between Anderson Cooper and the Preacher.

    Yes! I have read the Koran

    Yes! I have Been to a Muslim Country

    Yes! The Koran contains very specific Bigoted passages directed and Stated towards Jews and Chirtians

    Yes! The Koran contains only one formula for allowing Jews and Christians (no other religion)to exist and that is to pay the Jizya or tax and understand that they are second class citizens (Dimmi). There is no room other than death for Idolators.

    How can we be partners to a religion that specifically calls us out in the book.

    You want to challenge me, you email me what time and contact info and I will gladly bring my Koran and answer your questions and provide all inflamitory anti semitic verses and anti non muslim people passages.

    Islam is disqusting, violent, and bigoted. Period!

    September 7, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  2. judy Best

    my God, what has this world come to?... when a supposed "man of the cloth" would even consider burning the Muslim's Holy Book as some kind of message to radical muslims...does this guy run around in a white sheet and hood in is spare time as well??...let reasonable people of all faiths, cultures, and colours rise up in protest against this buffoon, and make their feelings known that HE DOES NOT SPEAK FOR THE MAJORITY of the peace-loving people of the world.
    Peace and Love,
    Judy Best

    September 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  3. truthisfreedom

    Greetings: interfaith is contrary to truth faith in the one and only way to God Jesus Christ.
    Interfaith is of the antichrist only the bliind shall follow such blind leadership. Islam is a religion of Satan as all false religions. The Catholic traditions are a mockery to Jesus Christ.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  4. truthisliberty

    Just the decievers of the land uniting together to protect a false religion. Muhammad was a false prophet...

    September 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  5. Ron Robertson

    In the United States people are permitted the liberty to express their opinions, even though they may be distasteful to many. That's the law for patriots, Christians, Mormons and atheists. Islam should have no preferential treatment- unless we are moving towards sharia law so as not to make Muslims mad!!

    Muslims should note we didn't bomb those cities that celebrated with such glee the events of 9/11. Christians- get out of the guilt hole with regard to Islam! After all, Muslims wiped out huge populations of Christians long before the crusades!!

    September 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm |