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No Mosque Money?


Citibank is suing the developer of the proposed Ground Zero mosque to recover some $100,000 in overdue credit charges.

Not to worry, though, says Sharif El-Gamal -- getting yourself sued, he alleges, is a way to get "financial institutions" to "restructure debt."

Sounds a little loosey-goosey to us -- and certainly not a practice that's appropriate when tax dollars are involved.

Which, as chance would have it, is cause for concern: It seems that El-Gamal and mosque co-developer Imam Feisal Rauf have applied for some $5 million in grants from a fund set up with federal post-9/11 money meant for downtown cultural projects.

On its face, the use of federal funds for this project would be the height of irony. Picture it: an Islamic center hard by Ground Zero -- the very site where Islamists struck Americans on 9/11 -- built in part with post-9/11 money from . . . Americans.

Heck, if you're going to rub your victims' noses in the dirt, why not use their money to do it?

Could there be any more reason to oppose this project?

Well, yes: See above, defaulting on loans as a means of forcing the renegotiation of terms.

This isn't to say that the developers don't have the right to apply for federal money.

But the decision-makers have every right to turn it down flat.

Which they need to do.

Then again, who are the decision-makers? Turns out it's those rocket scientists at the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. -- i.e., the folks who still haven't managed to tear down the old Deutsche Bank building, which was ruined almost 10 years ago in the strike on the World Trade Center. Uh-oh.

Those who back the mosque, like Mayor Bloomberg, argue that supporting it is necessary to show tolerance for Islam and a commitment to constitutional freedoms of religion and speech.

But the mosque debate has never been about that. Rather, it's been about the intent of the project -- ostensibly, to foster greater understanding of Islam and improve ties between cultures.

Fact is, everything its backers have done to ram this project through -- from siting it near Ground Zero to this latest attempt to use 9/11 funds for, among other things, Arabic courses -- gives the lie to that goal.

If these folks get even one dime of US taxpayer funding, Americans will be taken for fools -- yet again.

If they don't find themselves in court first, as El-Gamal seeks to "renegotiate" terms



read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/no_mosque_money_cVEXv3W3K22BimB8zcquBI#ixzz17SbAId00

 
SavageGrl

Asked by SavageGrl at 3:41 PM on Dec. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (7)
  • So the old slum lord is going to get our tax dollars to build his mosque..'community center.' Gotta love the good old USA..we are being played for fools.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:18 AM on Dec. 8, 2010

  • If these folks get even one dime of US taxpayer funding, Americans will be taken for fools -- yet again.

    Yes, this sounds about right, unfortunately...


    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 5:31 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Wow.. this is nuts! I've opposed the ground zero mosque from the beginning, and this is why...because I could see what the people behind it are doing. Anyone who can't see what is going on must be intentionally sticking their head in the sand


    .tsk tsk

    brandyj

    Answer by brandyj at 8:31 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Unfortunately for them you can't claim something that isn't there in a bankruptcy.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:14 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • I wish mosque talk would go away. I sure as he** don't want my tax dollars to go to it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:23 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Donald Trump says the best thing he ever did was claim bankruptcy.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:05 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Oh goodie, more bigotry from the anti-Muslims. Isn't this old news anyways? "It seems that El-Gamal and mosque co-developer Imam Feisal Rauf have applied for some $5 million in grants from a fund set up with federal post-9/11 money meant for downtown cultural projects." I don't see why they shouldn't apply for this grant. It is exactly the kind of thing it was meant for.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:11 PM on Dec. 7, 2010