These guys have some nerve!
Mosque Money ShockerI wonder how those who wailed about the right of this questionable Muslim entity to build a mosque will feel about the application to take one quarter of the money allocated to community redevelopment in lower Manhattan? Will they insist that if we just give them the money the Muslims will like us? Will the Muslim developer who threatened violence if the mosque were not built threaten violence if he doesn't get the grant?
by John Avlon
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.
The audacious move stands to reignite the embers of a divisive debate that dominated headlines surrounding the ninth anniversary of the attacks this fall, say people vested in the issue.
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 continuing and confidential process of determining the grant winners.
Whatever happened to the idea of separation between Mosque and State? Or does that only apply to Christian churches?