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Editorial_ Tax Dollars to Build Mosques - Washington Times

Editorial_ Tax Dollars to Build Mosques - Washington Times

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EDITORIAL: Tax dollars to build mosques
U.S. underwrites fundraising tour for Islamic shrine at Ground Zero
ByTHE WASHINGTON TIMES-The Washington Times7:46 p.m., Tuesday, August 10, 2010TheState Department
is sendingImam Feisal Abdul Rauf 
-the mastermind of the Ground Zero Mosque - on a trip through the Middle East to foster "greaterunderstanding" about Islam and Muslim communities in theUnited States
.However, important questions are being raised about whether this is simply a taxpayer-funded fundraising jauntto underwrite his reviled project, which is moving ahead in Lower Manhattan.Mr. Rauf 
is scheduled to go toSaudi Arabia
, Dubai, Abu Dhabi,Bahrain
, the usual stops for Gulf-based fundraising. TheStateDepartment
defends the five-country tour saying thatMr. Rauf 
is "a distinguished Muslim cleric," but surely the government could find another such figure in theUnitedStates
who is not seeking millions of dollars to fund a construction project thathas so strongly divided America.By funding the trip so soon afterNew York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission
gave the go-ahead to demolish the building on the proposed mosque site, theState Department
is creating the appearance that theU.S. government
is facilitating the construction of this shameful structure. It givesMr. Rauf 
not only access but imprimatur to gather up foreign cash. And becauseMr. Rauf 
has refused to reveal how he plans to finance his costly venture, the American public is left with the impressionit will be a wholly foreign enterprise. This contradicts the argument that a mosque is needed in that part of NewYork City to provide services for a burgeoning Muslim population. If so many people need the mosque sobadly, presumably they could figure out a way to pay for it themselves.Americans also may be surprised to learn that theUnited States
has been anactive participant in mosque construction projects overseas. In April, U.S. Ambassador to TanzaniaAlfonso E.
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