Cordoba House is being built by The American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative, two organizations that seek to improve the relationship between Islam and the West.
Cordoba House is being organized by Feisal Abdul Rauf, who works to improve relations between Muslim Americans and other Americans. In fact, in 1997, he founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Many people, including Reza Aslan, consider him to an important leader of Islam in the USA because of his commitment to pluralism and peace.
Cordoba House is named after Cordoba, Spain, which is a city where Muslims, Jews, and Christians thrived together successfully for many years. This name is significant because it reminds people that "Muslims created what was, in its era, the most enlightened, pluralistic, and tolerant society on earth" (What's Right With Islam by Feisal Abdul Rauf).
Cordoba House is a community center, not simply a Mosque.
Cordoba House is going to be built two blocks away from "Ground Zero," not at the location of "Ground Zero."
Cordoba House would share the neighborhood with a Mosque, Masjid Manhattan, that has been in the area for over 30 years. Clearly, Islam has been a part of the heritage of New York for a long time.
Cordoba House is a product of moderate Islam. It has nothing to do with fringe, fundamentalist groups like Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda is political fundamentalism that has declared war on everything and everyone that stands in the way of their political agenda. Conversely, the form of Islam that would be promoted at Cordoba House would be committed to a religious and peaceful form of Islam. It's important to remember that Islam, like every other religion, has a lot of diversity.
Cordoba House is protected by First Amendment of the Constitution of the USA.