In the midst of the controversy over the Mosque being built at Ground Zero the U.S. State Department is sending the mastermind of this horror, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, to the Gulf to discuss religious tolerance in the Middle East, and to get a better understanding of Islam and Muslim communities in the United States. I feel this study would be of more benefit if it were studied right here in our Country, if we are truly wanting to understand these communities. After all this is where they live now, most of them understand they can not invoke a lot of their religious beliefs in the free world.
P.J. Crowley, spokesman for the State Dept. said, "We have a long-term relationship with him," Crowley told reporters, noting that Rauf had visited Bahrain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in 2007 and went to Egypt last January as part of an exchange program run by the State Department's Office of International Information Programs.
"His work on tolerance and religious diversity is well-known and he brings a moderate perspective to foreign audiences on what it's like to be a practicing Muslim in the United States," Crowley said.
Is this a trip that is supposed to be important to the people of the United States? I don't really see how we will benefit from it. But then again it will give Raul a chance to get the word out about his Mosque and possibly pick up the funds he need. Shame on our shameless Government for once again abusing We The People.
There is much controversy in Congress over the intentions of sending Rauf over there. Rauf has suggested the United States was to blame for the 2001 attacks. Two members of Congress, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fl) and Peter King (NY) called government sponsorship of Rauf's trip "unaccceptable" and that taxpayer money should not be used.
Rauf is currently is seeking funds to build his $100 million Mosque, and currently refuses to say where the funds will come from. Will this Temple be built with foreign money, many people are concerned money may flow in from Muslim Terrorist organizations. The developers have rejected an offer from New York Governor David Paterson offering state assistance to move the project elsewhere.
Mr. Rauf is scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar, the usual stops for Gulf-based fundraising. He is forbidden to do any soliciting for funds while on this journey. Who will be with him 24 hours a day to see that this does not happen?
I am appalled to learn that the United States has provided funding for many foreign mosque construction projects. If we can fund the Muslim Temples, why doesn't the government fund the restoration our historical Churches? Because it is against the First Amendment for the government to fund religious activities. I can't figure out why they think we should restore those facilities that are definitely religious based.
"For those who think the Ground Zero Mosque is an example of "Muslim triumphalism" glorifying conquest, the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque is an example of such a monument - and one paid for with U.S. taxpayer funds." Read this article from the Washington Times for other Mosques we have paid to rebuild.
The Constitution is again being sabotaged. The rebuilding of Mosques by US taxpayer money should not be used to preserve and promote Islam, even abroad. The First Amendment is again being questioned. Government funds can not be used for Religious activities. Section 205.1(d) of title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations prohibits the US Agency for International Development (USAID) funds from being used for the rehabilitation of structures to the extent that those structures are used for "inherently religious activities."
Many questions are arising surrounding the State Departments decision to send Rauf on this project.If this giant Mosque is needed in that part of New York City to accomodate a growing Muslim population, why can't they finance it?
- Is this a taxpayer paid expense to secure funds for the Temple?
- Are our dollars going to help build this shameful tribute to the Muslim faith for their conquest of Ground Zero?
- What other connections does Imam Rauf have with this administration.
- Why don't we have our Ground Zero Memorial completed? It appears the Muslims will have their Victory Memorial before the United States has their Remembrance Memorial completed.
I do not believe Rauf has any interest in other Religions as he says he does. If he did, he would take the feelings of the victims and the citizens of this Country into consideration before building this Temple that he says will unite all Religions. The location is clearly one that stems from Muslim beliefs, throughout history they have built temples on the sites of their war victories. I am just glad they can't get any closer to Ground Zero.
I am outraged with this administration who disregards what the citizens want and our Constitution.
Our Country will NOT become a Muslim Nation.