"Farzana Hassan is an astonishingly brave woman who has written three books since 9/11, putting Islam into perspective. She, along with Tarek Fatah, founder of the Canadian Muslim Congress (MCC), are among the few Muslims who speak out loudly and clearly against extremism. Both have had death threats, and both soldier on fearlessly and honestly. They are proof that not all Muslims go along with what's happening in the world today, although relatively few have spoken up about jihadist extremism which is what the war on terrorism is all about. Considering the sort of reprisals extremists have taken against dissenters, one can hardly fault "moderate" Muslims for shutting up. The proposed $100 million, 13-storey Islamic Centre in the immediate area of New York's Ground Zero is a case in point. To most, it is an inappropriate site for a mosque, and if built will send the wrong message to the world. Not a message of tolerance and reconciliation, but one of Islamic triumph for extremists. It is one thing for people like me to rant against it, another for someone of the Islamic faith to speak up. That takes both courage and integrity. Farzana Hassan is also on the board of the MCC, and has issued a press release that puts the Ground Zero Islamic Centre into perspective. She says the "traditional response" from the U.S. Muslim community has been "belligerence and arrogance." Moderate Muslims have courage to speak against mosque - The Sudbury Star - Ontario, CA "She calls the proposed Islamic Centre "a Trojan Horse" in the heart of America that would constitute a cover for "formidable and hostile forces to gain credibility, respectability and influence." She argues: "Goodwill, compassion and empathy demand that (Imam Rauf) withdraw his plans to construct an Islamic centre near Ground Zero." It would too easily -- perhaps inevitably -- become a public platform for radical Islamists. "These goons will use the venue to propagate their hate-filled agenda," she says."