What started in 2009 as a group of twenty-five has expanded to over 6,000 Muslim clergy who are now training one another to preach and teach about the importance of the dignity and empowerment of women and girls within Islam.
"We should condemn violence because it is unjust - period. Shias do not need a stamp of religious legitimacy from Sunni Islam to demand justice and protection of life from the state. The state has an obligation to protect Shia lives because they are citizens of the state."
Feisal Rauf would not make much if any sense to most Muslims who live outside the "first world". Pastor Jones is a marginal figure within Christianity. Both of them hanker after fame with little regard to the consequences of their actions.
On August 5, the Shalom Center brought Jewish leaders from around New York in a vigil at the site of the proposed Muslim cultural center and prayer space in Lower Manhattan, supporting the plan for Cordoba House there.