New York City police have confirmed death threats were made against the imam who is building an Islamic community center and mosque near the Big Apple's Ground Zero.
The threats were revealed Sunday on ABC's "This Week" by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's wife, Daisy Khan, during a discussion on 'Islam in America.'
"For the record, my life is under threat," said Daisy Khan, adding that "we do not walk around with bodyguards because we love this country."
People from both sides of the issue debated the topic, including the Rev. Franklin Graham. Graham said Muslims should be careful to be "more sensitive to the feelings of many people."
"I love the Muslim people," he told ABC's "This Week." "But I have great difficulty with the religion, especially with Sharia law and what it does for women -- toward women, toward non-believers, the violence that is given in -- under Sharia law."
Graham also said many Muslim countries don't allow churches or synagogues to be built.
Osama Bahloul, an imam who is seeking to build an Islamic center in Tennessee, said that while some Muslims use the Koran to justify violence, most do not.
"We have some people, Christians, Muslims, Jewish and other, who misuse the holy books. It's understandable. I -- I do not deny this," he said. "But I'm saying ... the extreme majority of the Muslims, they have a proper understanding about this religion," explained Bahloul.
Meanwhile, Khan said moderate Muslims should lead the fight against Islamic extremists.
"This is what we Muslims want to do, but you have tied our hands," Khan said. "You don't allow us to do this because you brand somebody like me as an extremist and throw me into the arms of al-Qaeda."