The elite media in this country are incapable of understanding Imam Rauf. They see in him what they choose to see-- a reflection of themselves. They confuse the average Muslim American, who no doubt just wants to be a good citizen, and the Islamic intelligentsia, who are required by their positions to be ideologues; who are obligated by the dictates of their religion to "plant the flag" of Islam wherever they can. This is what the Ground Zero controversy is about.
The idea of the El Cid Project is to oppose symbolism with symbolism.