Imam to Tour Nation Promoting Controversial Islamic Center Proposed Near Ground Zero in NYC





The Muslim cleric who hopes to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site said Friday that he'll tour the country in an effort "to inspire interfaith understanding" for a project that has ignited explosive faceoffs between supporters and opponents.

Rauf's first appearance is scheduled for Detroit on Jan. 15. The city has North America's largest Muslim population.

The imam said he'll continue on to Chicago, Washington, San Antonio and college campuses including Harvard, Georgetown, Yale and the University of North Carolina. He did not release specific dates for his speeches....



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