State Department sponsors Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's visit to Qatar
State Department sponsors Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's visit to Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates
Let’s get something straight. Probably most Muslims are not radical extremists and are probably as harmless as the average Christian. There is tolerance for all religions in America.
Some people, radical extremists, exploit their religious belief to justify terrorism and attacks on the USA. They may be a small percentage, but it is of a very large population and therefore is a viable threat and concern.
Iman Feisal Abdul Rauf is working to demonstrate that Muslims in America are an integrated part of society, as they should be. Only when religions of any kind undermine the higher order rights of American citizens do we get crosswired.
The State Department’s sponsorship of the Iman as an ambassador of sort is perfectly acceptable and desirable at this point.
“U.S. State Department sending imam of proposed New York mosque to Middle East
By Matthew Lee
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The imam behind controversial plans for a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks is being sent by the State Department on a religious outreach trip to the Middle East, officials said Tuesday, in a move that drew criticism from conservative lawmakers.
The department is sponsoring Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's visit to Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, where he will discuss Muslim life in America and promote religious tolerance, spokesman P.J. Crowley said. He said that the imam had been on two similar trips and that plans for the upcoming tour predated the mosque controversy.
"We have a long-term relationship with him," Crowley told reporters, noting that Rauf had visited Bahrain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in 2007 and went to Egypt this January as part of an exchange program run by the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs.
"His work on tolerance and religious diversity is well known, and he brings a moderate perspective to foreign audiences on what it's like to be a practicing Muslim in the United States," Crowley said.”