'This Week' Transcript: Karzai, Khan and Levitt

KHAN: Well, all religions Americanize over time. They go from a place of worship to a place of service, and community centers have been developed by Christian communities like YMCA, and the Jewish community has developed the JCC. And Muslim community is inevitably going to also develop such a center.

So when I visited Joy Levitt and I saw the JCC and I said, this is what we have to do. So it is a community center, but it also has a prayer space within it because it would meet the needs of the Muslim community's need to worship on Fridays.

AMANPOUR: And what about it would be the community center?

KHAN: Well, there will be 500-seat auditorium; there will be a swimming pool; there will be, you know, athletic facilities. There will be cooking classes. There will be schools, you know, small education forums, conferences, and it's basically become a place where ideas can be exchanged, but tolerance, mutual respect can also be extended.

AMANPOUR: Let me ask you both now because obviously it has taken off on a whole different dimension over the last several weeks, and there is a huge amount of anxiety amongst many in the United States about the sensitivity of putting it where it is, particularly among some of the 9/11 families. So I want to play for you something that the governor of New York said in fact on CNN a week ago about the potential of a compromise. Let's listen to what he said.


GOV. DAVID A. PATERSON, D-N.Y.: If people put their heads together, maybe we could find a site that's away from the site now but still serves the catchment area. That would be a noble gesture to those who live in the area who have suffered after the attack on this country, and at the same time would probably in many ways change a lot of people's minds about Islam.


AMANPOUR: So, Daisy, are you prepared to have any plans to meet with him? Does Imam Faisal? Do you plan to try to seek a compromise and move it?

KHAN: Well, what we're doing is we're meeting several stakeholders right now, because we understand the pain and the anguish that has been displayed throughout the country, with the polls that I represented out there. And we indeed want to build bridges. We don't want to create conflict. This is not where we were coming from. So, this is an opportunity for us to really turn this around and make this into something very, very positive. So we will meet and we will do what is right for everyone.

AMANPOUR: Do you have a plan to specifically meet with the governor who has offered state land for this, and do you think that you will decide to move it?

KHAN: We first want to meet with all the stakeholders who matter, who are the New Yorkers. The community board has overwhelmingly supported this, so have all the politicians -- Scott Stringer, Mayor Bloomberg. And we have to be cognizant that we also have a constitutional right. We have the Muslim community around the nation that we have to be concerned about, and we have to worry about the extremists as well, because they are seizing this moment. And so we have to be very careful and deliberate in when we make any major decision like this.

AMANPOUR: I'll pursue that in a second, but so is moving on the table still?

KHAN: We right now -- it's not until we consult with all our stakeholders.

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