August 11, 2010
MISS HIM, YES:
Is ground zero mosque imam best choice for diplomatic mission to Mideast? (Howard LaFranchi, August 11, 2010, CS Monitor)
[T]he State Department says its choice of Mr. Rauf to represent the US in a forthcoming trip to Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, reflects the religious leader’s established record of moderation and his past experience in taking Islamic life in America to foreign audiences.Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2010 11:47 AM
“His work on tolerance and religious diversity is well-known and he brings a moderate perspective to foreign audiences on what it’s like to be a practicing Muslim in the United States,” State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley said Tuesday. He added that the department’s public-diplomacy offices “have a long-term relationship with” Rauf – including during the past Bush administration, when the religious leader undertook a similar speaking tour.