Liberals Spend Your Money Promoting Islam Overseas

Bad enough that our liberal rulers support the obscene Victory Mosque at Ground Zero with mealy-mouthed platitudes about “building bridges.” Worse that the State Department is paying (with our money) Feisal Abdul Rauf, the stridently anti-American imam behind it, to travel around the Middle East, evidently to collect money to construct the abomination. But it gets worse still:

Americans also may be surprised to learn that the United States has been an active participant in mosque construction projects overseas. In April, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt helped cut the ribbon at the 12th-century Kizimkazi Mosque, which was refurbished with assistance from the United States under a program to preserve culturally significant buildings. The U.S. government also helped save the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque in Cairo, which dates back to 642. The mosque’s namesake was the Muslim conqueror of Christian Egypt, who built the structure on the site where he had pitched his tent before doing battle with the country’s Byzantine rulers. 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.

The mosques being rebuilt by the United States are used for religious worship, which raises important First Amendment questions. U.S. taxpayer money should not be used to preserve and promote Islam, even abroad. In July 2009, the Office of the Inspector General published an audit of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) faith-based and community initiatives that examined whether government funds were being used for religious activities. The auditors found that while USAID was funding some religious activities, officials were “uncertain of whether such uses of Agency funding violate Agency regulations or the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution” when balanced against foreign-policy objectives.

You can be extremely sure that it would violate the Establishment Clause if the government used your money to build churches. The shrieks of ACLU moonbats on the evening news would be deafening.

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Not enraged yet? Let’s try this:

It turns out that you and I are funding the State Department to purchase and distribute copies of Feisal Abdul Rauf’s book, What’s Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West. …

Buried in a recent New York Times article on Imam Rauf’s global hopscotch, the paper casually referenced that our government buys and hands out his tome in an effort “to lecture about tolerance” and pursue “interfaith dialogue” with Islamic nations.

“Interfaith dialogue” means Muslims trash the West while liberal invertebrates bob their heads in obsequious agreement. Rauf’s book unsurprisingly supports terrorism by nursing grievances against America and making excuses for suicide bombers.

Our progressive ruling class is carrying more than its share of the load in the Unholy Alliance. At least we’ll have the satisfaction of seeing how liberals are repaid by Islamists. Unfortunately, when the ship goes down, we’ll be on it.

How Rauf’s coterie won liberals’ hearts.

On tips from Bill V, Oiao, and the Only Other Conservative in Seattle. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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