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New York, New York / Mosque Controversy / The Imam / A Discussion #974264

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 07, 2010
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A statement in the "New York Times" from Imam Feisal Rauf about plans to go forward with the Islamic community center in New York City quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, "America's Prophet" author Bruce Feiler and construction worker/blogger Andy Sullivan about the mosque controversy and the imam. [FEILER - offers historical perspective on anti-religious sentiment in the US; states the question is whether this moderate Muslim voice will prevail; suggests this could be a laboratory of coexistence and rebuilding together.] [SULLIVAN - calls this an aggressive act: a 9/11 second wave; suggests Imam Rauf is not a moderate, not a man of credibility.] [GERGEN - admits he is torn about this controversy, that Rauf has been checked out, they have the right to build there, but New Yorkers oppose it and are offended by the location; suggests creating a true interfaith center rather than an Islamic center.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Tomorrow's interview on "Larry King Live" with Imam Rauf announced.

Cooper, Anderson

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