Manhattanites are divided over Park51, the planned community center funded by Muslims that will feature a Muslim prayer space referred to as â€œThe Ground Zero Mosque,â€ being erected so close to former World Trade Center site. However, Park51 is offering a series of public information sessions over the next few months to educate both supporters and critics. According to Park51â€™s John Lichten, the weekly Q&A sessions will take place on Wednesdays, beginning this evening, and will run through December. Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal will attend with the aim of describing the project and to answer probing, poignant questions.
Sessions will be limited to a dozen participants per week, so interested parties should email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of their preferred attendance date. The sessions are not open to the media.
According to DNA Info, Lichten stated that â€œvery early on, there were a number of misconceptions about what we were doing. Weâ€™ve been trying to clear them up [and] we want to get what weâ€™re doing out there to the people who need to hear it the most.”
Do you think these sessions will truly help concerned New Yorkers understand Park51â€™s goals?