September 27, 2010
The developer of a controversial Islamic center near Ground Zero is slated to address the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
In an e-mail announcement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad says developer Sharif El-Gamal will speak at the group's 16th annual fundraising banquet October 9 in Arlington, Virginia.
The event is part of the organization's leadership conference billed under the theme "Defining Our Faith, Defending Our Rights." Awad says Islamophobia has become a growing threat to American Muslims and must be "challenged vigorously, methodically and comprehensively."
A recent poll showed a majority of likely voters in New York think the planned mosque near ground zero should be moved.