'This Week' Transcript: Holy War: Should Americans Fear Islam?


O'CONNOR: No, no, no. You let me finish now, please. With all due respect, I listened for a long time. You know, I don't know why on earth you would think that there is an address in America where, you know, Muslim people can't practice their religion. Number one, this is not a mosque; it's an Islamic cultural center. Number two -- and this is really important -- it is not at Ground Zero, it's two blocks and a half away. It's two blocks and a half away. I am not a religious expert. I only know when I was promised when I was born here and that this is a land where all people -- regardless of how difficult it is to have this democracy -- all people are allowed to practice their faith. I don't know Daisy Khan. I don't know Imam. I am not going to read his book to see if he's a good enough Muslim. I believe that in this nation we hold people accountable for crimes after they commit and never, never before.


O'CONNOR: So, yes. So, yes. They can be -- wait a minute -- they could be sensitive and they could move this particular building away from Ground Zero. How far would you like them to move it? How far would you like them to take America away from me?

AMANPOUR: hold on a second

GRAHAM: I have a question for daisy......First of all, I have the highest respect for Daisy. And for her husband and his Muslims, they absolutely have the right to build a mosque or cultural center in this country. But just because they have the right, doesn't necessarily make it right. They ought to be maybe a little more sensitive to the feelings of many people.


GRAHAM: But, Daisy, one of the things that really bothers me on 9/11, and this is something that is very troubling to me. On 9/11 when these aircrafts flew into the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon, and into the field in Pennsylvania, they were piloted by men, as they were going into these buildings, were yelling "Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar." They did it in the name of Islam, for Islam, for the god of Islam. Daisy there was not the universal condemnation from the Islamic leaders of the world

KHAN: I would like to say to Mr. Graham right that after 9/11 Muslim leadership in did come out in the United States and condemn this act.

GRAHAM: Yes, in this country

KHAN: Unfortunately we were not covered -- you know the coverage about Muslim leaders coming out and condemning the act was not the same as the coverage that the extremists got.

AMANPOUR: Do you think there's any way these two sides can move on and this debate can die down?

KHAN: We are at a very important juncture in the history of our nation and it's really important for all of us to work to bring tolerance, understanding and peaceful co-existence. We are one of the most richest, most vibrant, most dynamic nation in the world. We have been seen as a beacon of light for many. I think it's really important that we preserve that.

AMANPOUR: When you listen to all of this do you think that you should move the center?

KHAN: No. I think that American values have to prevail.


KHAN: I think I'm now fighting for American values.

AMANPOUR: On that note, I thank all of you very much indeed for being here. This is obviously a really, still, heated issue and we're never going to come to full agreement. We hope we've aired some of the issues that all sides have been able to air. And I hope you will agree with that.

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