Taxpayer Funds Send Ground Zero Mosque Imam on Fundraising Tour

In case paving the way for a gigantic mosque at Ground Zero doesn’t curry sufficient favor with Muslims, our rulers are spending our money to send the Victory Mosque imam on a Middle East junket that will at least indirectly involve fundraising for the 13-story stick they are jabbing in America’s eye:

The imam behind a plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero is set to depart on a multi-country jaunt to the Middle East funded by the State Department — raising concerns that taxpayers may be helping him with the controversial project’s $100 million fund-raising goal.

Feisal Abdul Rauf is taking the publicly funded trip to foster “greater understanding” about Islam and Muslim communities in the United States, the State Department confirmed yesterday.

“He is a distinguished Muslim cleric,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, when asked about the journey, reportedly to include stops in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar.

Foggy Bottom vets like Creepy-Crawly develop special instincts. Just like he knew Arizona’s SB1070 was a human rights violation without even reading it, he knows Feisal Abdul Rauf is a stand-up guy who deserves taxpayer backing for the giant crescent flag he is planting on the conquered territory of Lower Manhattan — despite his having blamed America for the 9/11 attacks:

In a 60 Minutes interview that aired on September 30, 2001, Rauf said that the 9/11 attacks were part of a larger Islamic “reaction against the U.S. government politically, where we [the U.S.] espouse principles of democracy and human rights, and [yet] where we ally ourselves with oppressive regimes in many of these countries.” “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened,” Rauf elaborated [before saying just that], “but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” Rauf further stated that “because we [Americans] have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world,” it could be said that “[i]n fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.”

The State Department and NYC’s pro-Victory Mosque Mayor for Life Michael Bloomberg apparently concur.

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Victory Mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, lucky recipient of your money.

On a tip from Byron. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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