Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who wants to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, will headline a conference on “Confronting Islamophobia” May 6-7 at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
Imam Rauf will keynote the conference Friday night with a speech entitled What’s Right With Islam is What’s Right With America, at the Episcopal cathedral on Capitol Hill.
The cultural center has generated controversy in New York City, fanned across the country by frequent denunciations on Fox News. President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have defended the right to put the center at its proposed locale.
Imam Rauf has spent 28 years as Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a New York City mosque.
On Saturday, the conference will include workshops on such topics as “Islamophobia in US Middle East Policy” — led by Kathleen Christison, a former CIA Middle East desk analysis — and “Sharia, Canon law and the Constitution with Sharia scholar Salah Dandon and Jim Brooks, a judge from the tribunal of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Another workshop, “Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary,” will feature Alaa Badr, an Islamic educator and Activist. He will also lead a workshop “Islam and the Environment: A Broad Overview of How Islam Approaches the Fragility of the Earth.”
The conference will conclude Saturday at 4:30 with an Interfaith Prayer Service featuring Episcopal Bishop Greg Rickel, Imam Fazel Hassan of the Islamic Center of Eastside, and Rabbi James Mirel, senior rabbi of Temple B’nai Torah.
The event’s sponsors include several groups that are strongly critical of Israel including the Episcopal Bishop’s Committee for Israel/Palestine, Sabeel Puget Sound, Voices of Palestine, the Palestine Solidarity Committee of Seattle, and the Palestinian Concerns Task Force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle.
Registration for the full conference is $55 (including lunch and dinner at a mosque), or $10 for Friday night, or $45 for the Saturday sessions. There is a special student price of $15.
May 03, 2011, Seattle