Taxpayers Pay For MidEast Boondoggle of Ground Zero Mosque Imam

The Ground Zero mosque story is getting more obscene by the day. See Fellowship’s previous posts on this HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Now comes news that the U.S. State Department — that is, American taxpayersare funding a trip to the Middle East by the mastermind behind the proposed mosque, Muslim cleric Feisal Abdul Rauf, who had said in an interview that America effectively deserved 9-11 because U.S. policies were “an accessory” to the terrorist attacks on 9-11.
A big h/t to beloved Fellow Dave!

Feds funding Ground Zero imam’s Mideast trip

By Geoff Earle and Brendan Scott – NY Post – August 10, 2010
The imam behind a plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero is set to depart on a multi-country jaunt to the Middle East funded by the State Department — raising concerns that taxpayers may be helping him with the controversial project’s $100 million fund-raising goal.

Ground Zero mosque mastermind, Feisal Abdul Rauf

Feisal Abdul Rauf is taking the publicly funded trip to foster “greater understanding” about Islam and Muslim communities in the United States, the State Department confirmed yesterday. “He is a distinguished Muslim cleric,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, when asked about the journey, reportedly to include stops in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar. “I think we are in the process of arranging for him to travel as part of this program, and it is to foster a greater understanding about the region around the world among Muslim-majority communities,” he added.
Crowley said no fund-raising for the mosque and cultural center during the trip would be permitted. “That would not be something he could do as part of our program,” he said. Abdul Rauf said funds for the center will come from Muslims and members of his congregation.
But a London-based Arabic-language newspaper that interviewed Abdul Rauf reported that he says he also will collect money from Muslim and Arab nations around the world — raising the possibility his goodwill mission could help him build contacts in oil-rich states.
“Does the State Department have any idea they are sending a guy to the Middle East who is going to be fund-raising perhaps among the very same people he will be meeting with?” asked Debra Burlingame, a 9/11 family member. “We know he has a fund-raising association with Saudi Arabia,” Burlingame said, noting that the Saudis have contributed money to underwrite programs by the American Society for Muslim Advancement, a not-for-profit that Abdul Rauf runs with his wife and that is one of the sponsors of the Ground Zero mosque. “He’s going to the well, and how can they say they do or don’t know what he’s doing?”
Meanwhile, state regulators said the sale of an adjacent Con Ed building needed to complete the Ground Zero mosque — as disclosed by The Post on Sunday — might be subject to review after all, even as Mayor Bloomberg insisted the project has “nothing to do with Con Ed.” Public Service Commission spokeswoman Anne Dalton said state law requires the agency to sign off on the “transfer or lease” of any property a utility owns within its franchise area. The question is whether Con Ed satisfied that requirement nearly four decades ago, when it granted a 99-year lease on the former substation site at 49-51 Park Place.

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We could always fly a plane into their mosque. We got so many ways to hurt them. I think the best is to open an all pork restaurant next door.


This is outrageous beyond words. If this Islamic goon (with very questionable ties) wants to travel around the Middle East promoting “brotherhood,” then let him pay for his own damn camel. Using the confiscated incomes of American citizens is an affront to everything I believe in as an American. And somebody at Foggy Bottom needs to be run out on a rail. Broom Hilda would be a good start there, along with whichever idiot government bureaucrat came up with the idea of paying for this idiot’s trip. This Mosque is not intended to foment brotherhood, but is instead intended to… Read more »


Taqiyya folks (or, actually, just plain lyin’) is all it is– the mosque there is triumphal for the jihad crowd. That he wants us to pay for his jaunt is adding insult to the insult added to the injury of 9/11. (Us infidels are just to un-godly and deluded by sex to see, you know.)


I’m with Dave R!


or herd a bunch of pigs into the mosque. and organize busloads of protestors with baseball bats.


Bill, What really happened is that government “education” has turned a large segment of our population into blithering idiots, who neither understan basic physics nor even rudimentary elements of building construction or structural engineering. Those buildings collapsed because of the way they were designed, not because of internal explosives. Most buildings employ steel I-beams or concrete columns to support their weight, but the WTC towers used the exterior steel walls to bear the weight. The buildings were designed to withstand the impact of a 707, the largest plane flying at the time, not 757s or 767s, which are far larger,… Read more »


Gee, thanks, Eowyn.
LOL – Especially after I went to all that trouble to type all that.