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-Ground Zero Mosque to Receive Public Subsidized Financing?

by Dr. D ~ August 27th, 2010

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The Backers of the Ground Zero mosque are hoping to raise at least $70 million though tax-exempt public bonds to build the $100 million plus facility.

The bonds could be issued through a local development corporation created for that purpose and would be one of the least expensive ways to fund the Muslim center.

Scott Sieber, a spokesman for NY City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday that Liu supported the project and is willing to consider approving the public subsidy. Public subsidized funding like this is allowed for religiously affiliated non-profits if they can show that the facility will benefit the general public and if the religious activities are funded separately.

The center is supposed to house a number of recreational and educational facilities along with the worship center.

Response: It is really going the extra mile for the City to help get financing for the building of the mosque.  Approving the plans is one thing but helping to fund the Muslim center is going way beyond the pale.

Meanwhile 70% of the country opposes the Cordoba Center going up so close to Ground Zero and in a building that was partially destroyed by the landing gear from one of the planes on 9/11.

My only question is this –If the city can help put together financing for the Mosque what about doing the same thing for the church that was actually destroyed in the 9/11/01 attacks? 

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was across the street from the World Trade Center and had been there since 1922. They really should receive help from the city but have gotten nothing but grief instead. The City and the Port Authority have blocked the church from rebuilding on their own property. The authorities want to take the church property and build an underground parking facility for the new trade center building instead.

Somehow the mosque has become a cause celebre for the ‘Freedom of Religion’ in America but the church is facing eminent domain instead? This is outrageous!

Both should receive at least equal consideration if our freedoms still mean anything in this country. But since the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was and is still a functioning religious group in the City since 1922 it should receive priority over any new project like the Cordoba Mosque.            *Top of the Blog

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3 Responses to -Ground Zero Mosque to Receive Public Subsidized Financing?

  1. Ron Krumpos

    I just read a comment on an atheist website that has the best statement on this controversy I have heard yet.

    Plus, has anyone looked at the Ground Zero site lately? It’s trashed. It’s gross. If this is supposed to be a memorial, a place for people to come to remember, mounds of dirt and scaffolding is not going to do the job. It truly worries me that our politicians and citizens are too busy being worried about a religious group trying to practice hope and love and peace (which IS what Islam teaches), than to memorialize a site they consider oh so sacred.

    See http://lovedilemmas.blogspot.com/2010/08/10th-post-new-york-mosque-balogna.html

  2. Jarrod Bertoldo

    Solid ideas.

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