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Mosque’s Next Move?

August 23, 2010 - 11:58 AM | by: Eric Shawn

Not moving, not yet.

Daisy Khan, the co-founder of the group behind it, who is the wife of the Mosque’s Imam, told ABC News that the project “has to go ahead” because she says “there’s so much at stake.” But she also said finding an alternate location for now is not an option, at least until they consult with all the stakeholders in the project.

In a previous statement to Fox News, Ms. Khan told me they have begun reaching out to consider the next move, saying:

“We have begun a dialogue with various constituents and listening to them, including 9/11 families. We want to bring peace and healing, so we are consulting with many people at what is the appropriate juncture to understand and do what’s right.”

The Mosque’s supporters got an earful yesterday, when about 500 people braved the rain to protest against the project that for them, has caused so much anger and anguish. About 150 other demonstrators stood near the site, supporting the plan.

Ms. Khan’s husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is on that State Department sponsored trip in the Middle East, spoke to a newspaper in Bahrain saying that all the attention “is a sign of success,” and that in the end he thinks the controversy will improve Islamic relations in our country.

The developer, Sharif El-Gamal, the head of Soho Properties, has told me there are no plans to move the project to another location and he has denied any plans to abandon it.

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