The imam behind the controversial proposal to place an Islamic community center and mosque near Manhattan's Ground Zero said that he wants to create a place where the voice of moderate Muslims can be heard. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told the Council on Foreign Relations, "This is an opportunity that we must capitalize on so those who teach moderation will have a megahorn." He is asking for moderates of all faiths to unite against extremism. Rauf reminded them that some of his congregants died on Sept. 11, 2001, and Muslims grieved alongside their neighbors and helped in efforts to rebuild. Rauf is calling for peace and understanding. Ooh, he sounds crazy. Not. Perhaps we should listen more and talk less.

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