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?
Answer by tnmomofive at 11:18 AM on Dec. 8, 2010
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
Answer by brandyj at 8:31 PM on Dec. 7, 2010
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Answer by stacymomof2 at 10:11 PM on Dec. 7, 2010
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