The ‘Ground Zero Mosque,’ Being Gay and Muslim, and More

It’s been two years since plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero caused an uproar in New York. We meet the imam behind the project, Feisal Abdul Rauf.  Feisal Abdul Rauf may forever be known as the so-called Ground Zero Imam, but he wants you to know he’s more than that. He’s also a long-time peacemaker and Muslim activist, who hopes to “move a mountain of suspicion, myth, fear and hatred” from the Muslim community.

Also, a gay, devout, Muslim man recounts growing up in Pakistan, where being homosexual isn’t just abnormal, it “wan’t part of the vocabulary.” After moving to America, he grappled with the Quran’s seemingly clear condemnations against being gay, and eventually became a student of scripture interpretation. In our interview, he chose to remain anonymous and simply be called “Adam.”




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