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Published: 12/30/10

The Top Stories in Religion and Politics in 2010 -- What They Mean, Why They Matter

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
The Top Stories in Religion and Politics in 2010 -- What They Mean, Why They Matter

Journalists are making their lists and checking them twice in a post-Santa tradition that rewards both the naughty and nice by highlighting the major episodes of the past year, whether they were horrifying or edifying. Religion writers are no different in this regard, and we had lots of material to work with. The Religion Newswriters Association, which is the professional society for journalists covering the "God beat," has its own ranking of the Top 10 religion stories from 2010, which starts with the so-called "Ground Zero" mosque controversy that riveted attention during much of the ele...

Published: 09/14/10

Imam Rauf Accused of Being a Slumlord by NJ Town

By  Dana Chivvis - AOL News
Imam Rauf Accused of Being a Slumlord by NJ Town

(Sept. 14) -- Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is in some hot water today that's shockingly unrelated to Park51, aka the ground zero mosque, formerly known as Cordoba House. The town of Union City, N.J., filed a lawsuit today against the imam, charging he is a terrible, law-breaking slumlord, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Rauf owns two apartment buildings and has not addressed a range of tenant complaints, from moldy bathrooms to lack of heat to bedbugs to fire hazards, according to the lawsuit. A fire broke out in one of the buildings in February 2008, one year after the city issued 12 fire code vio...

Published: 09/13/10

Imam 'Exploring All Options' on Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Imam 'Exploring All Options' on Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

NEW YORK (Sept. 13) -- The imam leading the effort to build an Islamic community center near the site of the World Trade Center said today he has not ruled out moving the project. "We are exploring all options as we speak right now and we are working to what will be a solution, God willing, that will resolve this crisis, defuse it and not create any unforeseen or untoward circumstances that we do not want to see happen," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said at the Council on Foreign Relations. In a speech addressing the controversy, Rauf called the notion that the project site is hallowed ground ...

Published: 09/10/10

Koran-Burning Threat Still Up in the Air; Imam Says He's Open to Meeting

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Koran-Burning Threat Still Up in the Air; Imam Says He's Open to Meeting

Prospects for a negotiated end to the threatened 9/11 Koran-burning by a small Florida church appear to be ebbing and flowing by the hour. On Friday afternoon, Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim leader behind a controversial Islamic center proposed near ground zero, said that contrary to claims by Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, he has no meeting planned with the Jones in New York on Sept. 11. "I am prepared to consider meeting with anyone who is seriously committed to pursuing peace. We have no such meeting planned at this time," Rauf said in a statement iss...

Published: 09/9/10

Donald Trump Tries, Fails to Buy 'Ground Zero Mosque'

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Donald Trump Tries, Fails to Buy 'Ground Zero Mosque'

(Sept. 9) -- He can't fire the so-called ground zero mosque, after all. Donald Trump's publicist announced today that the real estate magnate and television reality-show host was prepared to buy out the controlling investor in the controversial Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan that has become commonly known as the ground zero mosque, but is officially called Park51. According to The Wall Street Journal, Trump informed Hisham Elzanaty of his decision to offer him cash for his stake in the project so that it could be relocated to a part of the city that is farther from the site of t...

Published: 09/9/10

Florida Pastor May Reconsider Cancellation of Quran Burning

By  not in system - AOL News
Florida Pastor May Reconsider Cancellation of Quran Burning

(Sept. 9) -- A Christian pastor today canceled his controversial plan to burn copies of the Quran, saying he had received a "sign from God" when a Muslim cleric agreed to move an Islamic center planned for a site near ground zero in New York. But the cleric said there was no such deal, and the preacher later said he was having second thoughts. Terry Jones said tonight he had been "clearly, clearly lied to" about what he said was a promise to change the location of the New York mosque. Jones, head of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., sparked an international uproar when he ...

Published: 09/9/10

Imam: Moving NY Mosque Could Spark Violent Backlash

By  not in system - AOL News
Imam: Moving NY Mosque Could Spark Violent Backlash

NEW YORK (Sept. 9) -- The imam behind a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero cautioned Wednesday that moving the facility could cause a violent backlash from Muslim extremists and endanger national security. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told CNN that the discourse surrounding the center has become so politicized that moving it could strengthen the ability of extremists abroad to recruit and wage attacks against Americans, including troops fighting in the Middle East. Lorenzo Bevilaqua, CNN / AP Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf appeared on "Larry King Live" Wednesday and told guest ...

Published: 09/8/10

Ground Zero Mosque Iman: 'We Are Proceeding' With Project

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Ground Zero Mosque Iman: 'We Are Proceeding' With Project

Feisal Abdul Rauf, the religious leader at the head of a planned mosque and Islamic community center near the site of the 9/11 attacks in Manhattan, says backers are "proceeding" with the project amid cries of protest but also strong expressions of support -- from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to President Obama. Rauf, breaking his long silence in a New York Times op-ed piece, said he hoped the "vitriol and rhetoric" surrounding the $100 million project could be "toned down" in coming days. "We have all been awed by how inflamed and emotional the issue of the proposed community center has ...

Published: 09/8/10

NY Imam Breaks Silence on 'Ground Zero Mosque' Plans

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
NY Imam Breaks Silence on 'Ground Zero Mosque' Plans

(Sept. 8) -- After staying quiet while controversy swirled, the imam who wants to build a Muslim community center near the spot where the Twin Towers fell is finally speaking out -- saying he's moving forward with the project, is "awed" by the "furor" over it and is promising to "clearly identify" its financial backers. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wrote an op-ed posted on The New York Times website late Tuesday saying that the "ground zero mosque" -- a $100 million planned YMCA-like community center with a swimming pool, classrooms and separate prayer spaces for Christians, Muslims and Jews -- won...

Published: 09/1/10

NY Imam: Mosque Fight About Muslim Role

By  not in system - AOL News
NY Imam: Mosque Fight About Muslim Role

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Sept. 1) -- The imam leading plans for an Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York said the fight is over more than "a piece of real estate" and could shape the future of Muslim relations in America. The dispute "has expanded beyond a piece of real estate and expanded to Islam in America and what it means for America," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told a group Tuesday that included professors and policy researchers in Dubai. Hasan Jamali, AP Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is leading the plans for an Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks ...

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