Regardless of what you call it; it has enraged many Americans and the Imam isn't helping things.
He recently wrote an Op Ed about the situation which showed me just how moronic this man is. More recently, he made the following comment:
"The imam told O'Brien "had I known [the controversy] would happen we certainly would never have done this."
Asked if he meant he would not have picked the location, Rauf said, "we would not have done something that would create more divisiveness."
Taken from: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/09/new.york.islamic.center.imam/index.html?hpt=Sbin
HAD HE KNOWN????? This is the obvious question that is being floated, but the real question is How could he NOT know!? In my humble opinion, he did know and he simply did not care. In fact, it would not be a shock for me to learn that not only did he know it would create controversy, but that is exactly what he wanted.
Yep, he wanted it. I've done a little background checking on this man and while he says he wants to build bridges and peace etc. out of one side of his mouth, he's saying the opposite out of the other side. He is not what he tries to project, he is not concerned with Americans or how we feel about radical Islam. In my mind this Imam represents the new face of Radical Islam.
He plays this role of wanting to be a peace maker, of one who wants to build bridges and create an understanding of Islam; however, it is indeed a role, it is an act, it is not his true agenda. His true agenda is staying with his firm belief of Islam in the most radical of ways. America is full of Infidels, why would he care about embracing us or having us embrace this Islamic building? The truth is that he doesn't and the whole thing is utterly disgusting.
America is a place for freedom of religion or freedom from religion if you so choose. That is not and has never been the issue. It's about compassion, common sense and following your moral compass.
Clearly, this Imam is not so stupid that he could not have anticipated the outrage at such a building so close to Ground Zero. He is now saying things that show what he really wants to happen. He claims if they move the center that the wrath of Allah will crash down upon us in a way we have never seen. A scare tactic; one that promotes his true agenda.