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-US Taxpayers are Funding Mosques Overseas?

by Dr. D ~ August 18th, 2010

Mosque in Fallujah.

(Mosque in Fallujah via Wikipedia)

Apparently the US government has been involved in spending hard earned taxpayer dollars on preserving and rebuilding historical mosques around the world.  This from a Washington Times editorial:

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.

Also:

…our government rebuilt the Al Shuhada Mosque in Fallujah, Iraq, expecting such benefits as “stimulating the economy, enhancing a sense of pride in the community, reducing opposition to international relief organizations operating in Fallujah, and reducing incentives among young men to participate in violence or insurgent groups.”

Response: These are just a few of the projects that have been uncovered so far.  I am sure that there are far more than just these.  I can totally understand and accept the need to rebuild any mosques that were damaged in the Iraq War but elsewhere is problematic.

The Obama administration through the State Department has been bending over backwards to make friends any way they can in the Muslim world but preserving mosques is a bridge too far.

Since these mosques are actively used for Muslim worship it should call into question first amendment ‘separation’ issues. However nobody ever seems to be bothered unless there is a Christian connection then the ACLU and every other atheist and ‘from religion’ organization gets involved.

Nevertheless should US taxpayer dollars be used to preserve and promote Islam abroad? I don’t think so. Besides what about the Saudis or the Dubai folks using some of their petro dollars instead. Meanwhile the US deficit is increasing each year by several trillions but we have money to spend clandestinely on Mosques?            *Top of the Blog

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4 Responses to -US Taxpayers are Funding Mosques Overseas?

  1. Southern Hoosier

    Pres. Obama is a Muslim. As a Muslim he is honor bound to help build mosques and spread Islam, even if he has to use American taxpayer dollars. Under Islam it is permitted to lie to Infields, therefore Obama is free to lie to the American people.

  2. Dr. D

    Southern Hoosier,
    I believe you are wrong about him being a Muslim but Islam was the religion of his childhood for a while and some of his relatives are Muslim so he is very sympathetic to their causes.

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