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Park51’s Imam Abdallah Adhami Quits, Likely Over ‘Violent Emotional Or Sexual Abuse’

Imam Abdallah Adhami, the 44-year-old face of the Park51 Muslim cultural center in downtown Manhattan, is stepping down from his post. Adhami, who’d been on the job only three weeks and served as Park51’s “religious adviser,” says in a statement, “It is important for me now to devote my time to the completion of my book which assists English readers in understanding and facilitating the language of the Quran. I wish the project leaders well.” He also wishes everyone would forget he said the reason anyone is gay is because they suffered through “some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life.”