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Ground Zero Imam Champions Church-State Separation 11 August , 2011

WASHINGTON — The imam who has faced resistance for plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero said Tuesday (March 1) that pro-democracy movements across the Arab world need to be open to all faiths.

“Government’s coercive powers should not be used against one religion,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said at a panel on “Religion in American Politics and Society” hosted by Georgetown University.

Rauf spoke alongside Asma Uddin, the founder and editor-in-chief of the Islamic gender issues website altmuslimah.com, and Ed Husain, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

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