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October062010

Feisal Abdul Rauf to Appear at 92Y Debate

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Martin Schneider writes:

On Sunday, December 5, at 4:30pm, 92Y is hosting a discussion titled, "Can We Understand Each Other? An Interfaith Dialogue." Tickets are available to purchase—act quickly, because this event should sell out soon.

Participants will include Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, director of religion at Chautauqua Institution; Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, author of more than 27 books on issues involving women in church and society, human rights, peace and justice; Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder and CEO of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and architect of the Cordoba Initiative, an interreligious blueprint for improving relations between the Muslim world and the United States; and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, associate of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Feisal Abdul Rauf is best known, of course, as the man behind the so-called "9-11 Mosque," otherwise known as Park51, which has garnered an enormous amount of controversy in recent months.

For a taste of what this event might be like, check out This Week's debate from this past weekend, "Should Americans Fear Islam?" which included Rauf's eloquent wife, Daisy Khan, and a host of other lively personalities.

Rauf has not made many public appearances during this controversy, making this event all the more exceptional.

It's worth pointing out that the event is taking place on the Upper East Side, which is a Tea Party-approved distance from Ground Zero, according to many prominent Republican and conservatives who have objected to the Park51 plan.

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