Karen Hughes: Organizers Should Locate Ground Zero Islamic Center “Elsewhere”


Karen Hughes, the President George W. Bush administration official once tasked with running a massive public relations campaign to develop more positive public sentiment of Americans in Middle-Eastern countries, said in a Washington Post op-ed this weekend that the the Islamic Cultural center currently being planned for two blocks from Ground Zero should be moved “elsewhere.”

…I believe it is so important that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his congregation make what I fully understand would be a very difficult choice: to locate their mosque elsewhere. Putting the mosque at a different site would demonstrate the uncommon courtesy sometimes required for us to get along in our free and diverse society.

Hughes, who served as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from 2005 to 2007 for President Bush, is now global vice chair at Burson-Marsteller.

Meanwhile, he debate of the community center continues full force, with rallies this weekend attracting media attention.