August 10, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Steven I. Shines in Sun

I invested two bits in following the Steven I. Weiss New York Sun Tryout Week, and bring a report:
Muslims Disclose Sense of Apathy Toward Confab
Few Planning to Protest
Special to the Sun

Local Muslims have few plans to participate in protests against the Republican National Comittee Convention in New York City this month, according to a sampling of area mosques.

Imans and administraors at Islamic institutions across New York City said their communities are generally apathetic toward the convention.

"The people from our mosque are ggenerally not the ones who will be demonstrating," said Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, a leading spokesman for the Muslim community and a spiritual leader of Masjid al Farah mosque on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Imam Abdul Rauf said Muslims have traditionally found themsleves more in alighment with the Republican Party because of "its personal values and its family values."