Moving Islamic Center 'Not' On the Table for Now, Backer Says

Daisy Khan Says 'Stakeholders' Must be Consulted First

August 22, 2010— -- In an exclusive interview on "This Week," Daisy Khan, one of the main backers of the mosque and Islamic community center near ground zero, told Christiane Amanpour that moving the project to another site is not currently an option they are considering.

"So is moving [the center] on the table still?" Amanpour asked.

"Right now it's not until we consult with all our stakeholders," Khan said.

Amanpour asked Khan if America was Islamophobic.

"This is like a metastasized anti-Semitism, that's what we feel right now," Khan said. "It's not even Islamophobia, it's beyond Islamophobia; it's hate of Muslims. And we are deeply concerned."

Project Moving Forward?

Khan said that the project would move forward.

"Do you think it will go ahead?" Amanpour asked.

"Of course," Khan, who is also the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement replied. "It has to go ahead. There is too much at stake," she said.

"There?" Amanpour asked.

"There is too much at stake. We have to go ahead with this project," Khan said.


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