New York imam says no meeting planned with pastor

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, delivers a speech during a Ramadan Iftar (break fast meal) inside the Dubai School of Government in Dubai August 31, 2010. REUTERS /Mosab Omar

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, executive director of the Cordoba Initiative, delivers a speech during a Ramadan Iftar (break fast meal) inside the Dubai School of Government in Dubai August 31, 2010.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The imam behind a proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near the World Trade Center site said on Friday he has no meeting planned with the Florida pastor who had threatened to burn copies of the Koran.

"I am prepared to consider meeting with anyone who is seriously committed to pursuing peace. We have no such meeting planned at this time. Our plans for the community center have not changed. With the solemn day of September 11 upon us, I encourage everyone to take time for prayer and reflection," Feisal Abdul Rauf said in a statement issued by his publicist.

The publicist confirmed that meant there were no plans to meet with obscure Christian pastor Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Will Dunham)

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Comments (8)
Blane wrote:
Did he actually call the pastor “obscure”? Or is this just the usual editorial content slipped into a ‘news’ story?

Sep 10, 2010 1:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DannyKFL wrote:
No way should any official meet with that nut job. He’s just being given the money and fame he seeks. Looks like he couldn’t make it as a Hulk Hogan wannabe, so now he claims to be a preacher.

Sep 10, 2010 1:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Curly wrote:
It is funny(?) how the world not only dose not condemn when anybody desecrates Christian icons, books or ideas yet when anything happens to the Islam the world dose. Is it because the world knows that it is safe from the Christians and knows that it has fear of the Islamic groups? Just asking. But maybe the world needs to rethink this.

Sep 10, 2010 1:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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