Imam Rauf: Mosque planner has been mostly silent during noisy debate.

“The fact that the organizers of Park51 did not see Islamophobia as a concern when announcing this proposal is disturbing. It reinforces the idea that they have no vision or leadership,” Hofstra University professor and blogger Hussein Rashid wrote Friday. Rauf’s supporters fear that a determined peacemaker who could play an important role may wind up destroyed by unrelenting controversy over the very subject he spent his career trying to promote: Islam.