The Córdoba initiative brings exactly the opposite of terrorism or kamikaze pilots to the world. It represents the deep truths of Islam--the search for peace, the practice of compassion, the concern for profound dialogue.
We must open the door to deeper communication between all the religious and spiritual families of humankind--Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and all the others
Imam Feisal has been a champion of pluralism and tolerance. He fully understands the enormity of 9/11. In fact his own congregation was only blocks away from Ground Zero.
Chris in DC has written a nice essay on this "debate". "The Cordoba House is deliberately, expressly, and unequivocally intended to stand for the diametric opposite of what the 9/11 attackers believed. It would stand for inclusion, reconciliation, and understanding across faiths and cultures. In fact, in many ways, the Muslim founders of the Cordoba House (and its imam) are the sorts of Muslims that bin Laden and his adherents hate most. They are cosmopolitan and modern. The Cordoba House itself will contain many earthly luxuries and pleasures. Its founders (and location) actively embrace multicultural, multi-sectarian, quintessentially modern New York City, and many of its proponents have happily lived in Southern Manhattan for decades.