Today, Tanenbaum stood alongside the Cordoba Initiative, the American Society for Muslim Advancement, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer and countless other community and faith groups at a press conference to protest hate and anti-Muslim sentiment (Lots of people call that “Islamophobia” but that term really means fearful of Islam. We think the real issue is hatred of Islam and Muslim bias.)
“[We are] proud to stand beside the Cordoba Initiative as it seeks to establish a bricks-and-mortar space that will promote a thriving and diverse Muslim community in New York City – together with new opportunities for education and coexistence among Muslims and non-Muslims.[We] hope that the TriBeCa Community Board will recognize the value of such a space, as a place that can be a resource for repairing divisions that were created on 9/11 and for helping to establish substantive engagement among Muslim and non-Muslin communities, both in New York City and abroad.”
This is precisely the hatred that Tanenbaum battles in all our work. Since 9/11, Muslims have too often faced misinformed stereotypes and blind hate. The Cordoba House would be a place of learning. And Mr. Williams’ comments show just how necessary that is.