NYC imam's goodwill tour comes amid mosque furor

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2010 photo, pedestrians walk past the 19th century building on Park Place in Manhattan where Muslims plan to build a mosque and cultural center in New York. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File)

August 20, 2010 6:01:51 PM PDT
The furor over the planned mosque and Islamic center near ground zero has put Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in a curious position: At the same time he is being vilified in the U.S. for spearheading the project, he is traveling the Mideast on a State Department mission as a symbol of American religious freedom.