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Audacity: Ground Zero Mosque Developers Apply for $5M in U.S. Taxpayer Money (Outrageous)
Pajamas Media ^ | November 22, 2010 | Kyle-Anne Shiver

Posted on 11/22/2010 11:19:06 AM PST by jazusamo

The "cultural bridge" appears to be in financial trouble

From the Daily Beast today, we learn that the Ground Zero mosque developers, who still owe more than $200,000 in back taxes, have jumped the funding shark. Evidently, those Saudi millions have failed to come through as planned and the mosque developers have applied for a federal grant to get their “cultural bridge” out of the water.

The mosque developers, having at last report only about $20,000 in their bank account, have applied for — stop the presses — five million taxpayer dollars. The grant money, if approved, will come from a special fund set aside for rebuilding the area around the Islamist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. And, of course, there are no restrictions on religious organizations applying for the taxpayer funding. The only requirement imposed by federal bureaucrats is that the structure, when complete, have some space allocated for non-religious purposes. The Ground Zero mosque plans include a “community center” along with their Muslim prayer rooms.

According to the Weekly Standard:

The application was submitted under a “community and cultural enhancement” grant program administered by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation (LMDC), which oversaw the $20 billion in federal aid allocated in the wake of 9/11 and is currently doling out millions in remaining taxpayer funds for community development. The redevelopment board declined to comment on the application (as did officials from Park51), citing the still ongoing and confidential process of determining the grant winners.

The Ground Zero mosque became an issue in the New York gubernatorial campaign this year. Dark-horse Republican candidate Carl Paladino hammered home his complete opposition to the building of a monument to the attackers on the hallowed ground where the “dust cloud” of “human remains” had settled in the wake of the 9/11 explosions. Paladino further pledged during the campaign to set aside a large area (not absolutely specified) where a monument could be built in honor of all who died in the 9/11 attacks, as well as to all of the soldiers and Marines who have given their lives in the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat candidate and eventual winner of the governor’s race, tried to hedge the issue with a “no contest” approach, saying he neither supported the Ground Zero mosque nor opposed it. Using the purely legal argument employed by both Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama, Cuomo pointed to the “religious freedom” rights of all Americans. As attorney general of New York, prior to winning the gubernatorial contest this year,  Cuomo was beseeched by New Yorkers to investigate the proposed funding of the mosque. And despite polling that showed 70% of New York’s citizens supported such an investigation to root out terror-network ties, Cuomo refused, saying such a probe of a religious project could set a “terrible, dangerous precedent.”

Well, now that issue will apparently be moot. If our own federal government bestows $5 million confiscated from the citizenry by taxation to the Ground Zero mosque developers, no investigation will be necessary. The seed money for the monument to the killers over the graves of their victims will be completely transparent. Bravo, big government.

Kyle-Anne Shiver is an independent journalist and a frequent contributor to American Thinker. She welcomes your comments at

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: abuse; chutzpah; fraud; funding; groundzero; mosque; subsidy; taxdollars; waste

1 posted on 11/22/2010 11:19:10 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

10 bucks says they get the grant..

2 posted on 11/22/2010 11:31:49 AM PST by cardinal4 (Kagan and Sotomayor-Hope and Change)
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To: jazusamo

President Obama shells a whopping $100 Billion to the United Nations

dontchya just love forcibly paying for our own demise with our grandkids money?

3 posted on 11/22/2010 11:32:25 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: y'all
0'Zer0 will probably insist on writing the check himself.

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4 posted on 11/22/2010 11:32:29 AM PST by Cyber Ninja (Live and Let Live; is not working...)
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I hear you, this Global thing has to go with Zer0 when his butt is out the door.

5 posted on 11/22/2010 11:36:24 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

This must be stopped at all cost. Death to the Ground Zero Mosque!

6 posted on 11/22/2010 11:45:58 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: WashingtonSource


It’s very difficult to comprehend that any American would consider okaying that mosque being built there but especially giving them taxpayer money to do it. It shows what traitors we have in our government.

7 posted on 11/22/2010 11:52:01 AM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Darn! That suicide bomber fund is really cutting into our budget:(

8 posted on 11/22/2010 11:57:57 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: jazusamo

I think they will get the money because:

- the commander in chief loves them and hates us

- New Yorkers feel guilty for building those two towers right in the flight path of the two planes flown by innocent, tolerant, loving members of the religion of peace who were just carrying out a peaceful morning airplane flight

9 posted on 11/22/2010 12:11:06 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Annoying liberals is my goal. I will not be silenced.)
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To: cardinal4

This is audacity beyond scope, but if Obama has any say in this transaction, rest assured your bet money is safe - just not our tax money.

10 posted on 11/22/2010 12:47:47 PM PST by Heuristic Hiker
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