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  • Hard Times At the Ground Zero Mosque

    10/17/2011 7:32:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/17/2011 | John Hayward
    Park51, the organization looking to develop the $100 million “Ground Zero Mosque” at the site of the old Burlington Coat Factory in New York City, has become embroiled in a remarkable “retroactive rent” dispute with Con Ed. Park51 owns the five-story building that takes up half of the Burlington Coat Factory site, while the utility company owns the other half. Con Ed has been leasing its half to the mosque developers for $2750 per month, but in August they decided to raise the rent just a tad, as reported by the New York Post: Park51, which leases the substation from...
  • Con Ed says it will evict Ground Zero mosque unless developer pays $1.7 million in back rent

    10/16/2011 12:33:26 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 29 replies
    NYPOST ^ | Oct. 16, 2011 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    Pay up or get out. Con Ed has given the Ground Zero mosque an ultimatum: Pay the $1.7 million you owe in back rent, or we’ll terminate your lease and take back our property. Con Ed and mosque developer Park51 have an unusual, uneasy alliance, sharing ownership of a site slated to be one of the most controversial projects in city history. The utility owns a former substation on the western half of the property, at 51 Park Place, and the mosque developers own a five-story building on the eastern half. The buildings were connected years ago and used to...
  • Ground Zero Mosque Opens for Business (Today!)

    09/21/2011 2:27:19 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 101 replies
    Frontpage.com ^ | 9/21/11 | R Mauro
    September 21 at 6:30 PM, the Ground Zero Mosque will open its doors to show a photo exhibit in its community space. Park51 is hoping to discourage its opponents by declaring an early victory in spite of its recent embarrassments and setbacks. This grand opening does not mean that the fight is over. The project still has a long way to go until completion.
  • Islamic center near ground zero opens its doors

    09/21/2011 10:36:17 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 37 replies
    Associated Press/Tampa Bay Online ^ | 21 Sept 2011 | KAREN ZRAICK and VERENA DOBNIK
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The developer of an Islamic cultural center that opened Wednesday evening near the site of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center says the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start. People crowded into the center, where a small orchestra played traditional Middle Eastern instruments and a photo exhibit of New York children of different ethnicities lined the walls. The enthusiasm at the opening belied its troubled beginnings. snip He called opposition to the center - which prompted one of the most virulent national discussions...
  • 'Ground Zero Mosque' Clears Legal Hurdle to Build

    07/13/2011 5:01:53 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 39 replies · 3+ views
    abcnews.go.com ^ | July 13, 2011 | RESHMA KIRPALANI
    The backers of the controversial "Ground Zero Mosque" have won a court fight clearing the way for them to build the mosque and community center complex two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terror attack. In a decision on Friday that was made public today, New York State Supreme Justice Paul Feinman dismissed a lawsuit by former firefighter Timothy Brown who argued that New York City was wrong to allow the destruction of a 150-year-old building to make way for the Islamic center.
  • Planners of Mosque Considering New Project

    03/29/2011 10:22:51 PM PDT · by americanophile · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 29, 2011 | Paul Vitello
    Two co-founders of the plan to build a Muslim community center and mosque in downtown Manhattan have begun exploring a new, and possibly competing, project: an interfaith cultural center that they said might be located at the currently proposed site, two blocks from ground zero, or elsewhere in the neighborhood. Daisy Khan, the executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, said on Tuesday that she and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, two co-founders whose involvement in the controversial community center plan was curtailed this year after a falling out with their real estate partner, might develop a...
  • New Ground Zero Mosque Imam (Another wolf in sheep's clothing...)

    01/26/2011 6:22:52 AM PST · by yoe · 3 replies
    Patriot Action ^ | January 19, 2011 | Joseph Klein
    ( Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf) is out as the religious face of the Park 51/Cordoba House mega mosque community center complex proposed to be built near Ground Zero. Rauf became too radioactive for the project's developers, so he was pushed aside. Despite efforts by some apologists to defend this faux 'moderate, the evidence of his true (stealth jihad agenda) was overwhelming. Therefore, to keep moving ahead with their Ground Zero mosque project, the developers turned to Shaykh Abdallah Adhami as Rauf's replacement. This is just like rubbing more salt into the wound. All that the new imam represents is a...
  • The Terror Behind an Imam’s Mask [new 9/11 Mosque Iman]

    01/19/2011 4:36:08 PM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Frontpagemag ^ | 1-19-11 | Jamie Glazov
    The Ground Zero Mosque developers should have really taken the time to take Public Relations 101 in some college somewhere — before they tried to sell this Cordoba House idea (oh wait it’s called “Park51” now) to the American public. Now that Imam Rauf has been exposed for the terror-loving stealth jihadist that he is, the strategists behind this sick charade have moved him to the side (because, we are told, he is going on a “tour”) and have replaced him as the poster boy for the jihadist victory mosque with Imam Abdullah Adhami. And who, pray tell, is this...
  • Mega-Mosque's New Foundation [samo, samo 'Islamofascism']

    01/20/2011 3:31:31 AM PST · by Righting · 2 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/19/11
    Islamofascism: Ground Zero mosque promoters think they've found a less radioactive frontman for their project. But their new imam appears worse than the one they're sidelining. Replacing imam Feisal Rauf as the new face of "moderation," "peace" and "interfaith tolerance" is Shaykh Abdallah Adhami, an imam who also happens to be an architect.
  • Imam Shakeup at the Ground Zero Mosque (Imam Rauf had to go but his replacement is no better)

    01/17/2011 8:03:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/17/2011 | Pamela Geller
    There has been a shakeup at the Cordoba Initiative/Park 51, the group behind the projected Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero. The deceitful pro-Sharia Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan are out, and an imam from Washington, D.C., Abdullah Adhami, is in. What does this mean? First, it means that we won. We are declaring victory. It seems clear that Rauf had to go because he had become a liability to the taqiyya project of the Ground Zero mosque. And that is because of the light we shed on his true beliefs and allegiances. Rauf snagged more...
  • New imam named for NYC Islamic center

    01/14/2011 8:56:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 1/14/11 | David B Caruso
    The organization planning to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center said the imam who has been the public face of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, will be playing a reduced role in the facility. The nonprofit group Park51 announced Friday that it had named a new imam to help lead religious programing so that Rauf could focus on other initiatives. (snip) The group named another New York City imam, Abdullah Adhami, as its senior adviser. Adhami was born in Washington, D.C., and earned an architecture degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He has already...
  • New imam named for Ground Zero mosque

    01/14/2011 10:02:19 PM PST · by sinanju · 4 replies
    NyPost ^ | January 14, 2011 | Associated Press
    The organization planning to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center said the imam who has been the public face of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, will be playing a reduced role in the facility. The nonprofit group Park51 announced Friday that it had named a new imam to help lead religious programing so that Rauf could focus on other initiatives. Rauf announced late this fall that he would be starting a global movement that would fight extremism and promote better relations between people of different faiths and cultures. He is set to start a national...
  • Imam leaving NY mosque project near September 11 site (Ground Zero Mosque Imam Booted)

    01/14/2011 4:42:03 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/2011 | Basil Katz
    The imam and his wife behind a controversial plan to build a Muslim cultural center and mosque near the site of New York's September 11 attack are stepping down as leaders of the project, the center said on Friday.... "Imam Feisal and Daisy Khan will not be speaking on behalf of Park51, nor will they be raising funds for the project," Park51 said in a statement.
  • Your Government to pay $5m for Ground Zero Mosque

    11/24/2010 8:20:06 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 9 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 11/24/10 | Alaphiah
    Whether you are for or against the building of an Islamic Mosque at the site described as ground zero, there is no way that you can support the government, your government reported plan to pay seed money for any religious construction under any condition. That would violate your sense of separation of church and state. Yet your government has been building Mosques all around the world with your money for sometime (see previous post) The latest violation of the separation of church that your government is involved in is it is about to secretly fund 5 million dollars for the...
  • Ground Zero Mosque Developers Applied for 9/11 Redevelopment Grant Money?

    11/23/2010 3:04:58 AM PST · by T Christopher · 6 replies
    Republican Redefined ^ | T Christopher
    I assume that you were particularly outraged by the headline there as I was when I stumbled upon it, so I will cut right to it.  Check out this story uncovered by the Daily Beast. "Developers of the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and mosque located two blocks from ground zero earlier this month applied for roughly $5 million in federal grant money set aside for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter." Read the full story here... and yes, its just as ridiculous as it...
  • Young Muslim Men's Association - YMMA, Nazism and Jihad (1930s)

    10/25/2010 4:17:03 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    The folllowing piece of history by the German historian M. Kuntzel, will give you an idea of: Nazism in political Islam such as the "Muslim Brotherhood," (aka Islamofascism). How Jihad against the west (then British) is usually accompanied by (anti-Jewish racism, bigotry) anti-Semitism. The story of the "first bombs placed in Jewish homes, synagogues in the 1930's. The Young Men's Muslim Association YMMA - enthusiastic fascism and jihad. The self sacrifice martyrdom jihad to "save al-Aqsa mosque." How the grand Mufti - Hitler's collaborator - boosted up the Muslim Brotherhood's Jihad. The self sacrifice martyrdom jihad to "save al-Aqsa mosque."...
  • Enviro-friendly Ground Zero mosque would aid greens’ totalitarian goals

    10/23/2010 4:13:55 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 5 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | October 23, 2010 | Mark Musser
    Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, a U.S. environmental policy consultant and one of Feisal Abdul Rauf’s spokesmen for the new mosque being contemplated near Ground Zero, surprisingly announced in August that it will be the first “green mosque” in the United States. Not only will this structure comply with very strict LEED green standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), but it will also become an interfaith cultural centre that will emphasise “the intricate relationships between Islamic teachings and environmentalism.” As such, this new mosque will not only be built green, but it will also become an environmental Islamic community centre. In fact,...
  • 'Outraged, and Outrageous' (Lib. NYTimes crucifies P. Geller)

    10/18/2010 4:18:51 PM PDT · by Righting · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | Oct.-09-2010
    Outraged, and Outrageous‎ New York Times - Anne Barnard - Alan Feuer - Oct 9, 2010 "her influence is serious"... Operating largely outside traditional Washington power centers — and, for better or worse, without traditional academic, public-policy or journalism credentials — Ms. Geller, with a coterie of allies, has helped set the tone and shape the narrative for a divisive national debate over Park51 (she calls the developer a “thug” and a “lowlife”). In the process, she has helped bring into the mainstream a concept that after 9/11 percolated mainly on the fringes of American politics: that terrorism by Muslims...
  • Ibn Warraq: The Two Faces of Feisal Rauf (See comment# 1 for Part I's thread.)

    09/16/2010 3:37:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 14, 2010 | Ibn Warraq
    The Two Faces of Feisal RaufWhat's wrong with What's Right With Islam. This is part two of a two-part series. You can read part one here.The problems with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s book What’s Right with Islam begin with the title. As Andrew McCarthy noted on National Review Online, the book, whose full title is now What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West, was previously called What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America; before that, it was published in Malaysia as A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of...
  • MOSQUERADE: What Is Really Behind the Ground Zero ‘Community Center’?

    09/11/2010 12:39:51 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 8 replies
    WebToday ^ | 9-11-10 | WebToday
    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has advertised the controversial Ground Zero mosque as an Islamic outreach to the community, a cultural center open and intended to unify all religions. Today, he still stands by that assertion, even as his proposed mosque continues to exact the opposite effect before it’s even built. Now, harsh critics, such as Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition, William Murray, are presented with even more perplexing information in the form of Sharif El-Gamal (pictured), the mysterious developer behind the mosque. Reportedly a waiter by profession who suddenly “came into” the kind of money to spearhead a $100...
  • King: Imam behind Ground Zero-area mosque 'blackmailing' U.S. on project

    09/12/2010 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/11/2010 | Bridget Johnson
    The ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee accused the imam behind the mosque project near Ground Zero of arm-twisting and "blackmailing" to push Park51 through. "To me, it's almost as if he's blackmailing and threatening the United States that somehow if the mosque is not approved or people speak out against his mosque, you have to worry about being attacked by Islamic terrorists," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on Fox Business Network on Friday. King said that the Islamic center was being "put their to make a statement, not to build bridges, but...
  • "Healing" Imam Rauf of Ground Zero Mega Mosque Latest Outreach: Sues 911 First Responder...

    10/13/2010 4:05:07 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11 Oct 2010 | Pam Geller
    "Healing" Imam Rauf of Ground Zero Mega Mosque Latest Outreach: Sues 911 First Responder Who was Trapped in the "Rubble" For "Bigotry" More of radical Imam Rauf's special brand of "healing and outreach." Vincent Forras spoke at our June 6th Rally against the Ground Zero mega mosque here and here. Forras was one of the first firefighters who answered the call on the day of the bloodiest, most heinous attack ever on American soil by Muslim terrorists. Forras was buried under the rubble for hours. Imam Rauf's book title, remember, was "A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center...
  • The New Dichotomy

    08/31/2010 9:33:48 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 7 replies
    An insight into how liberals and conservatives differ not just in politics but also ways of thinking.
  • The Scam Artist at the Ground Zero Mosque

    09/22/2010 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 21 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | September 22, 2010 | Rael Jean Isaac
    While there has been much emotion and argument over the proposed mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, it has largely swirled over issues that miss the nature and significance of the issues involved. Thus we hear endless variations on the theme “How can a moderate imam whose stated goal is to promote healing in the wake of 9/11 be so insensitive to the feelings of those who lost those they loved at the hands of Islamic fanatics?” But, as the public is slowly learning, Imam Rauf is no moderate and bridge-building is not his agenda. The project with which Rauf...
  • THE 10 HIGHLIGHTED PROBLEMS WITH THE 'MUSLIM WORLD'

    09/11/2010 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies · 1+ views
    THE 10 HIGHLIGHTED PROBLEMS WITH THE 'MUSLIM WORLD'1) DEHUMANIZATIONApes and pigs, the dehumanization of non-Muslims, Christians as pigs and Jews as apes.[1][2][3] (Or as some Islamic cleric called non-Muslims: "worms, snakes and maggots."[4][5])2) TERRORISMHad the mainstream Islam really eject its radicals, they Juhadists wouldn't have the motivation to go on, Why else is there Islamic terrorism still active in so many parts of the world? The half-way condemnation, and almost always accompanied by a "but", but the west does this or that argument is still on - after 9 Years from the 9/11 Islamic massacre n 2001.3) SHARIA: OPPRESSION AND...
  • The Slums of Rauf

    09/02/2010 7:10:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    National Review online ^ | September 1, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    The Park51 mosque and community center near Ground Zero is not Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s first venture into real estate development. As The Record reports, beginning in the late 1970s, Rauf acquired five apartment buildings in Union City, North Bergen, and Palisades Park, all urban areas along the New Jersey bank of the Hudson River. He developed the properties with the help a series of government grants and loans totaling in the millions — including $384,000 in 1989 endorsed by Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), then mayor of Union City, and $1,295,000 underwritten by then Hudson County executive Robert C....
  • Ground Zero Mosque Imam: No, This Isn’t a Mosque, It’s an Islamic YMCA…

    09/01/2010 10:40:44 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 24 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | August 14, 2010, at 1:29 PM | "ZIP"
    "...Imam Rauf’s project is better known here now as the “Ground Zero mosque,” after the term for the World Trade Center site. Families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and conservative politicians have mounted an emotional campaign to block it, claiming that locating it only two blocks north of the site was a provocation. “We repeatedly say we are neither a mosque nor within Ground Zero, but they just shout back ‘Ground Zero mosque,’ ‘Ground Zero mosque,’” Imam Rauf, 61, told Reuters in an interview. The planned building will have a prayer room for Muslims, he said, but...
  • Rats, Bedbugs Infest Buildings Owned by Ground Zero Mosque Developer

    08/31/2010 4:23:09 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 30, 2010 | Russell Goldman
    Imam Behind Park51 Ignores Low-Income Tenants Pleas, They SayThe Muslim imam who plans to build a controversial Islamic center near Ground Zero should first take on a smaller project, like ridding his New Jersey apartment buildings of rats and bedbugs, angry tenants told ABCNews.com. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf owns buildings across the Hudson River in several New Jersey cities, including Union City, North Bergen and Palisades Park, which he reportedly renovated with tax dollars. Residents, many of whom are immigrants and most of whom are working-class Hispanic Catholics, say they have complained about unsanitary conditions for years. The imam, however,...
  • Mosque big owes 224G tax (Sharif El-Gamal, same one busted for patronizing a prostitute)

    08/29/2010 5:48:30 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 48 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | 8/29/10 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    The mosque developers are tax deadbeats. Sharif El-Gamal, the leading organizer behind the mosque and community center near Ground Zero, owes $224,270.77 in back property tax on the site, city records show. El-Gamal's company, 45 Park Place Partners, failed to pay its half-yearly bills in January and July, according to the city Finance Department. The delinquency is a possible violation of El-Gamal's lease with Con Edison, which owns half of the proposed building site on Park Place. El-Gamal owns the other half but must pay taxes on the entire parcel.
  • Ten Things I Now Know About Roger Ebert

    08/26/2010 5:46:42 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 8 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 08-26-10 | Stoutcat
    ...1. Roger Ebert is an idiot. Most anti-mosque reaction has been precisely in defense of the right to build, with the follow-up of “…But I wish they would show some sensitivity and choose not to.” Even Presdient Obama, while supporting the right to build it, called into question the wisdom of doing so. While there is no constitutional right to be free from stupidity and insensitivity, there is likewise no right to protect one from the consequences of being stupid or insensitive...
  • Anti-Muslim attacker works at pro-Park51 group

    08/25/2010 11:16:41 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | August 25, 2010 | Ben Smith
    The apparent anti-Muslim assault on a New York city cabbie by a man shouting “Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint" produced an immediate round of recriminations over its connection to opposition to a New York Islamic Center and an apparent rising tide of Islamophobia. But as often at the intersection of politics and violent crime, the story doesn't appear to fit any easy stereotype: The alleged assailant, Michael Enright, is — according to his Facebook profile and the website of the left-leaning media organization Intersections International — a student at the School of Visual Arts and a volunteer for Intersections,...
  • Alleged anti-Muslim attacker works at pro-Park51 group

    08/25/2010 11:42:26 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | Ben Smith
    The apparent anti-Muslim assault on a New York city cabbie by a man shouting “Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint" produced an immediate round of recriminations over its connection to opposition to a New York Islamic Center and an apparent rising tide of Islamophobia. But as often at the intersection of politics and violent crime, the story doesn't appear to fit any easy stereotype: The alleged assailant, Michael Enright, is — according to his Facebook profile and the website of the left-leaning media organization Intersections International — a student at the School of Visual Arts and a volunteer for Intersections,...
  • (VIDEO)Opinions: The Ground Zero Mosque

    08/20/2010 11:01:28 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Media Research Center interviewed New Yorkers about their thoughts on the proposed Ground Zero Mosque located just two blocks away from the World Trade Center site. Overall, 63% of Americans oppose the mosque– here is what local residents have to say:
  • Park 51 Security Guard: “No Point In Relocating”; “Funding Will Come From Muslims Around The World”

    08/20/2010 8:57:42 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 10 replies
    Yesterday outside of Park 51 in New York City–the location of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque–Eyeblast.tv interviewed Kamal Wahad who is a personal friend and follower of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and security guard of the vacant building. During the interview Wahad said there is no point in relocating the mosque, and that the funding “will come from Muslims around the world.” Wahad says he’s known Rauf for “twenty-something years” and has been a follower the entire time. When asked why the Imam will not meet with New York Governor David A. Paterson about relocating, he stated ” there’s no...
  • Park 51 (mosque) twitter account - who to believe

    08/20/2010 8:26:36 AM PDT · by Fali_G · 1 replies
    So after the park51 twitter fiasco, I noticed on the official park51 twitter today, that they distance themselves from a "parody" twitter account, which looks exactly the same, but seems to be continuing the spewing of the previous day. Can anyone take this pr twitter account viral? Who knows, it might really be the people behind the original one!!
  • AP Orders Staff: ‘Stop Using the Phrase “Ground Zero Mosque”’

    08/19/2010 3:59:41 PM PDT · by Justaham · 25 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 8-19-10 | Alana Goodman
    In an unusual move, the Associated Press has publicly released an advisory memo to its reporters on how to cover of the Ground Zero mosque story - and the first rule is that journalists must immediately stop calling it the "Ground Zero mosque" story. "We should continue to avoid the phrase ‘Ground zero mosque' or ‘mosque at ground zero' on all platforms," reads the advisory, which was issued by the AP's Standards Center. Instead of the "Ground Zero mosque," AP recommends that reporters use the terms "mosque 2 blocks from WTC site," "Muslim (or Islamic) center near WTC site," "mosque...
  • US spending $16,000 for imam's Mideast tour [ As Nancy calls for Investigation of Mosque Critics]

    08/18/2010 5:41:08 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 59 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 18 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - American taxpayers will pay the imam behind plans for a mosque near the Manhattan site of the Sept. 11 attacks $3,000 in fees for a three-nation outreach trip to the Middle East that will cost roughly $16,000, the State Department said Wednesday. The department said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will get a daily $200 honorarium for the 15-day tour to Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which is intended to promote religious tolerance. Airfare is included, as well as the standard federal government per diem for expenses and lodging in each of the cities he will...
  • Meet the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Developer [Sharif El-Gamal]

    08/18/2010 2:22:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Observer Real Estate Section ^ | August 17, 2010 | Dana Rubinstein
    Park51 developer Sharif El-Gamal, accidental protagonist of the most politicized real estate story in recent memory, sat behind the blond-wood desk in his office six floors above the lower Broadway mall, and, meaty hands clasped before him, held forth on what it takes to make it in real estate. After all, it is real estate—not fanning national anti-Muslim hysteria—that is Mr. El-Gamal's actual business. "You know, the real estate business is a very tough business, and you have to be patient and persistent, and aggressive, and thank God I have all those qualities," said Mr. El-Gamal, who looks something like...
  • American Muslim organization says President Obama is Wrong

    08/17/2010 8:20:54 PM PDT · by HushTX · 25 replies
    http://www.aifdemocracy.org/news.php?id=6131
    American Muslim organization says President Obama is wrong August 15, 2010 AIFD American Islamic Forum for Democracy STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHOENIX (August 15, 2010) - Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy issued the following statement regarding remarks from President Obama on the proposed mosque and Islamic Center at Ground Zero: "As an American Muslim whose family fled persecution in Syria and as someone who has stood in the face of some resistance to the building of many of our houses of worship in the U.S., I...
  • Keith Olbermann Special Comment: There Is No 'Ground Zero Mosque' - (Vomit and anger alert)

    08/17/2010 8:04:48 PM PDT · by HushTX · 35 replies · 1+ views
    I am actually so angry that I don't know how to voice what I have to say. I hate Keith Olberman anyway, but this really topped the cake of hate.
  • The Tolerant Pose (of Islam)

    08/17/2010 3:39:46 PM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    Intolerance is not just part of al-Qaeda, it is part of Islam Non-Muslims are barred from entering the cities of Mecca and Medina — not merely barred from building synagogues or churches, but barred, period, because their infidel feet are deemed unfit to touch the ground. This is not an al-Qaeda principle. Nor is it an “Islamist” principle. It is Islam, pure and simple. “Truly the pagans are unclean,” instructs the Koran’s Sura 9:28, “so let them not . . . approach the Sacred Mosque.” This injunction — and there are plenty of similar ones in Islam’s scriptures — is...
  • Obama undaunted by fallout from mosque remarks

    08/17/2010 11:48:34 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 69 replies
    AP ^ | August 17 2010 | BEN FELLER
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President Barack Obama isn't worried about the furor unleashed by his comments on a planned mosque near Ground Zero, a spokesman said Tuesday. He's also not dismayed that the Senate's top Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid, now opposes the idea, deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said. "This is an issue people are going to come to with strongly held convictions," Burton told reporters aboard Air Force One, as Obama flew to an appearance in Seattle. "He's happy our thriving democracy is continuing to produce vigorous debate."
  • NY1 Exclusive: Developer Won't Budge on Mosque Location (Says It's "Nowhere Near" Ground Zero)

    08/17/2010 11:17:30 AM PDT · by kristinn · 175 replies
    New York One ^ | Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | Grace Rauh
    SNIP Sharif El-Gamal is the developer behind the plan to erect an Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site. Calls are mounting for him and the other backers to find a new home for their center, further away from the site of the September 11th terrorist attacks, but El-Gamal isn't budging. He is sticking with his plans to erect a 13-story center and prayer space in Lower Manhattan. He likens the project to a YMCA or Jewish Community Center, with programs open to all residents of all faiths. "A landmark, an iconic building that...
  • Ground Zero Sum Game

    08/17/2010 9:14:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/17/2010 | Cal Thomas
    After months of dithering by the White House about the "Ground Zero Mosque" in lower Manhattan, President Obama endorsed the project at an Iftar dinner Friday night. The president said, "...as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances." After a torrent of criticism, the president on Saturday tried clarifying what he meant. "I was not commenting and...
  • My Fitna: Where is Donald Trump on Ground Zero Cordoba Initiative (Park51)?

    08/17/2010 9:18:18 AM PDT · by hausermann · 9 replies
    8/17/2010 | hausermann
    Somebody please get a message to New York developer and fame-hound Donald Trump. Here is a way to do two things he is great at: 1] Stay forefront in the media eye with a hugely popular topic (the Mosque at Ground Zero), 2] Gather investors for a NYC real estate project. The way I understand it is that the Imam Rauf's Cordoba Initiative, now renamed as the much more benevolent-sounding Park51, requires that the old Burlington Coat Factory (not an historic landmark, mind you) AND the adjacent property owned by ConEdison be acquired. Here's an idea: Use capitalism and the...
  • NYC Mayor: 'Sad Day' If Mosque Plans Blocked (barf alert)

    08/16/2010 3:35:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it would be a "sad day for America" if opponents block plans for a mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in Manhattan. Bloomberg told a news conference Monday that the government should not interfere in people's religion. He said stopping the mosque and community center just because they are two blocks away from where "freedom was attacked" would mark a sad day for the country. The mayor and others who support the building of the center have said it will help bridge divisions between the West and the...
  • Muslim leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center (Disputed)

    08/16/2010 1:11:51 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 189 replies · 3+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 8/16/10 | Shlomo Shamir
    After weeks of heated debate over plans for an Islamic community center near Ground Zero - the site of the 9/11 attacks on New York - it seems Muslim leaders will soon back down, agreeing to move to a new site. ...
  • SoHo Properties, Developer of Park51 Mosque Near Ground Zero, Willing to Talk About Moving

    08/15/2010 10:55:52 AM PDT · by kristinn · 37 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Friday, August 13, 2010 | Glenn Blain
    Sponsors of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero are not slamming the door on Gov. Paterson's idea to build the center someplace else. "We are open to a conversation to find out more on what the governor has in mind," the center, Park51, said in a Twitter post yesterday. SNIP Mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal has said the group is interested in hearing from Paterson but added that "this has always been about serving lower Manhattan." He did not return calls and emails yesterday. SNIP
  • The Taboo of the Intellectuals

    08/12/2010 9:43:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2010 | Cliff May
    The controversy over plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan has taken an odd twist. On one side are those making arguments in opposition to the project, along with those who merely have questions they would like answered so they can decide for themselves whether this project will honor the victims of 9/11 – or mock them. On the other side are those who support the project wholeheartedly and who respond to both arguments and questions by saying: Shut up. Most prominent among the second group is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It would be one...