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Influential Muslim Organizations to Discuss Park 51 Controversy Today

Representatives from the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Muslim Alliance of North America, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations are reportedly meeting at a hotel near JFK airport today to address Park 51, the Islamic center near ground zero, and "the anti-Muslim sentiment that has emerged in the nationwide debate about the project," the Journal reports. "The primary purpose of the meeting is to talk about ways to combat religious bigotry" and leaders from the organizations plan to hold a news conference tomorrow. "Grass-roots support [for Park 51] is indeed building," said Shahed Amanullah, the editor-in-chief of a number of Islam-themed websites, who plans to attend these meetings. "But that is probably more due to the pushback against the general hostile climate."

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