The imam and developers of the of the proposed Downtown Manhattan Islamic community center say that their project is not moving away from a location near the World Trade Center, despite numerous claims during the day that a deal was reached to move the mosque... Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, developer Sharif El-Gamal and Soho Properties said in statements today that the Park51 Islamic community center and mosque is not moving from the current location on Park Place.
Further, Rauf has amped up the inflammatory rhetoric over the last few days, stating that if intolerant Americans burn a Koran that rampant terrorism will result.
...capping a daylong rhetorical offensive that began Wednesday morning with an opinion piece in The New York Times, Rauf said he intends to go ahead with the "multifaith" center near the site where Islamic terrorists killed nearly 2,800 people because not doing so would unleash fury abroad.
"If we move from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse," Rauf told CNN. "The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack.
"...if we don't do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world. If we don't do things correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the Danish cartoon crisis [over images depicting the Prophet Mohammed], which resulted in attacks on Danish embassies in various parts of the Muslim world. And we have a much bigger footprint in the Muslim world."
That's what you call a not-so-veiled threat.
In another example of the famed tolerance for which Rauf's world is famous, a new holiday called Burn an American Flag Day was just declared.
In retaliation for wackadoodle pastor Terry Jones’s Burn a Koran Day on 9/11, a British Muslim activist has called for an international “Burn the Stars and Stripes Day.”
A radical Islamic activist and lawyer in the U.K. has called on Muslims worldwide to burn U.S. flags outside American embassies on Sept. 11, a “direct retaliation” against a Florida church’s plan to burn Qurans on the same day.
Anjem Choudary, former leader of the banned hardline Islamic group Islam4UK, told CBS News in London he was calling for, “an international burn the Stars and Stripes day” on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Related: Let me see if I get this straight....