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  • Founder of Ground Zero Mosque 'spent more than $3 MILLION on lavish trips, luxury sports cars..

    02/05/2013 9:12:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2013 | Staff
    The founder of the controversial Ground Zero Mosque allegedly spent more than $3 million that had been donated to charity to fund a first-class lifestyle that involved 'lavish trips, luxury sports cars and personal real estate.' Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was slapped with a $20 million lawsuit by, Robert Leslie Deak, a major backer to his nonprofit who alleges the wild spending in the papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Rauf's charity, the Cordoba Initiative, received $3 million from the Malaysian as well as another $167,000 from private donors. That money was meant to counter anti-Islamic sentiment but instead went...
  • Benghazi Investigator Slams America and ‘Islamophobes’

    11/02/2012 6:08:08 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 19 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 02NOV12 | Matthew Vadum
    America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration’s lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities. So said former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering in more polished, diplomatic language during an Oct. 23 panel discussion at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The talk was on “what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia,” a make-believe mental illness that Islamists would love to have listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Radical Islam’s stateside defenders frequently accuse anti-terrorism hawks of “McCarthyism,” hurling...
  • Islamic center near ground zero opens its doors

    09/21/2011 10:36:17 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 37 replies
    Associated Press/Tampa Bay Online ^ | 21 Sept 2011 | KAREN ZRAICK and VERENA DOBNIK
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The developer of an Islamic cultural center that opened Wednesday evening near the site of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center says the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start. People crowded into the center, where a small orchestra played traditional Middle Eastern instruments and a photo exhibit of New York children of different ethnicities lined the walls. The enthusiasm at the opening belied its troubled beginnings. snip He called opposition to the center - which prompted one of the most virulent national discussions...
  • Ground Zero Mosque a Smokescreen for Interfaith Center?

    04/04/2011 7:01:36 PM PDT · by mikalasukala · 1 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | April 4, 2011 | Consigliere5
    My earlier prediction from September:Imam Rauf decided to pick a spot near Ground Zero so that there would be an outcry… and he’ll keep stringing this along until one day when he’ll do the “honorable” and “right thing”: announce that instead of an Islamic Community Center which promotes Interfaith Understanding, he’ll build an Interfaith Center devoted equally to all religions… and the crowds will cheer and people will actually be happy about an Interfaith Center… maybe for the first time ever...recent article from March 30:Two co-founders of the controversial plan to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks...
  • Imam Shakeup at the Ground Zero Mosque (Imam Rauf had to go but his replacement is no better)

    01/17/2011 8:03:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/17/2011 | Pamela Geller
    There has been a shakeup at the Cordoba Initiative/Park 51, the group behind the projected Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero. The deceitful pro-Sharia Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan are out, and an imam from Washington, D.C., Abdullah Adhami, is in. What does this mean? First, it means that we won. We are declaring victory. It seems clear that Rauf had to go because he had become a liability to the taqiyya project of the Ground Zero mosque. And that is because of the light we shed on his true beliefs and allegiances. Rauf snagged more...
  • New imam named for Ground Zero mosque

    01/14/2011 10:02:19 PM PST · by sinanju · 4 replies
    NyPost ^ | January 14, 2011 | Associated Press
    The organization planning to build an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center said the imam who has been the public face of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, will be playing a reduced role in the facility. The nonprofit group Park51 announced Friday that it had named a new imam to help lead religious programing so that Rauf could focus on other initiatives. Rauf announced late this fall that he would be starting a global movement that would fight extremism and promote better relations between people of different faiths and cultures. He is set to start a national...
  • Judicial Watch Sues Mayor Bloomberg’s Office for Ground Zero Mosque Documents

    12/09/2010 11:29:51 AM PST · by La Lydia · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 9, 2010
    Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a petition with the New York State Supreme Court to compel New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office to comply with a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request regarding contacts between the Mayor’s office, Ground Zero Mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and controversial Muslim organizations. Judicial Watch is seeking the following information pursuant to its open records request filed on August 9, 2010: a. All records of communication between the Office of the Mayor and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf concerning the Cordoba Initiative’s proposed Cordoba House project. b. All records of communication...
  • Unethical: Bloomberg/Rauf Collusion

    12/24/2010 8:09:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 2+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 24, 2010 | Pamela Geller
    They're emailing each other? The New York Daily News reported Thursday that "Mayor Bloomberg's top deputies went to great lengths to help those trying to build a mosque at Ground Zero - even drafting a letter to the community board for them, newly released documents show. City Hall on Thursday released a flurry of emails between its brass and Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam pushing to build a mosque near the sensitive site, and his supporters." It's worse than we imagined. The release of these documents, emails and various exchanges between Mayor Bloomberg's office and the radical Imam Rauf and...
  • Saudi king may move ground zero mosque

    12/19/2010 11:32:22 AM PST · by Baladas · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2010 | David Eldridge
    SaudiKing Abdullah, in an effort to quiet Muslim criticism in the United States, is quietly looking into moving the ground zero mosque to a less controversial Manhattan location, according to news reports surfacing Sunday. New York lawyer Dudley Gaffin has contacted officials about the Saudi royal family's interest in moving the ground zero mosque to the shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital site in the West Village, the New York Post and other news organizations reported Sunday. According to Mr. Gaffin, the king wants to save the hospital, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and provide an alternative location for the...
  • Ibn Warraq: The Two Faces of Feisal Rauf (See comment# 1 for Part I's thread.)

    09/16/2010 3:37:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 14, 2010 | Ibn Warraq
    The Two Faces of Feisal RaufWhat's wrong with What's Right With Islam. This is part two of a two-part series. You can read part one here.The problems with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s book What’s Right with Islam begin with the title. As Andrew McCarthy noted on National Review Online, the book, whose full title is now What’s Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West, was previously called What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America; before that, it was published in Malaysia as A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of...
  • King: Imam behind Ground Zero-area mosque 'blackmailing' U.S. on project

    09/12/2010 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/11/2010 | Bridget Johnson
    The ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee accused the imam behind the mosque project near Ground Zero of arm-twisting and "blackmailing" to push Park51 through. "To me, it's almost as if he's blackmailing and threatening the United States that somehow if the mosque is not approved or people speak out against his mosque, you have to worry about being attacked by Islamic terrorists," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on Fox Business Network on Friday. King said that the Islamic center was being "put their to make a statement, not to build bridges, but...
  • Rauf on the Ropes

    09/14/2010 6:30:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    City Journal ^ | 09/13/10 | Judith Miller
    Rauf on the Ropes An Islamic community center at Ground Zero seems increasingly unlikely. 13 September 2010 The white flag hasn’t reached the top of the flagpole yet, but Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf all but surrendered on Monday morning in his battle to build a Muslim interfaith community center with a prayer room two blocks from Ground Zero. At an unusual meeting Monday morning at the Council on Foreign Relations in midtown Manhattan, Rauf said that he wanted to find a “solution” to the furious imbroglio over the planned center, which opponents say is inappropriate, insensitive to the memory of...
  • Park 51 THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE: WHY IT MATTERS, WHAT IT MEANS

    09/30/2010 3:56:52 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 2 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 29 September 2010 | Pam Geller
    Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer Spencer and I are speaking at Temple University next week (where the craven quislings tried to silence Geert Wilders after trying to ban him). Thought you might like a look at the open minded "Democratic Socialists" at Temple. Here is the note from the brave organizers: At a State of the Campus Address in which at least 280 leaders from all student organizations were present, the Democratic Socialists announced that they were organizing a protest against TU Purpose's Islamophobic event next week. They concluded by calling TU Purpose and me Bigots. Atlas readers heads up....
  • Untangling the Bizarre CIA Links to the Ground Zero Mosque

    09/12/2010 7:55:04 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 12 replies
    So far, the debate over the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero has unfolded along predictable lines, with the man at the center of the project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, drawing attacks from the right painting him as a terrorist sympathizer with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. But meanwhile, links between the group behind the controversial mosque, the CIA and U.S. military establishment have gone unacknowledged.
  • Quran-Burning Pastor Terry Jones Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

    09/10/2010 9:19:27 AM PDT · by grassboots.org · 9 replies
    www.caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | September 9th, 2010 | David Shedlock
    Okay, okay it’s a little premature. But President Obama won the award and he hadn’t done a single thing to bring in world peace. Terry Jones went from being the most hated man alive to the one man in the country willing to stand up to Islam. After deciding to cancel, or at least postpone the burning of Qurans, perhaps he will even persuade one group of Muslims to back down from their plans to build a mosque two or three blocks from Ground Zero, the place where we lost thousands on 9/11. (Let's never forget they also attacked the...
  • Imam says religion, Islamic center should not be 'politicized'

    09/08/2010 7:32:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | September 8, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the religious leader behind plans to erect an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York's ground zero, said Wednesday night that moving it to another location would embolden Islamic radicals and help them incite violence against Americans. "If we move from that location, the story will be the radicals have taken over the discourse," Rauf told CNN's Soledad O'Brien on "Larry King Live." Rauf said he was speaking about "radicals" on both sides of the debate on the Islamic center. "Our national security now hinges on how we negotiate this, how...
  • Ground Zero Mosque Imam: No, This Isn’t a Mosque, It’s an Islamic YMCA…

    09/01/2010 10:40:44 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 24 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | August 14, 2010, at 1:29 PM | "ZIP"
    "...Imam Rauf’s project is better known here now as the “Ground Zero mosque,” after the term for the World Trade Center site. Families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and conservative politicians have mounted an emotional campaign to block it, claiming that locating it only two blocks north of the site was a provocation. “We repeatedly say we are neither a mosque nor within Ground Zero, but they just shout back ‘Ground Zero mosque,’ ‘Ground Zero mosque,’” Imam Rauf, 61, told Reuters in an interview. The planned building will have a prayer room for Muslims, he said, but...
  • Rift Imperils Ground Zero Mosque

    08/30/2010 11:50:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Yahoo...The Daily Beast. ^ | August 30, 2010 | Asra Q. Nomani
    Court records from Florida to New York state reveal that Sharif and his younger brother, Samir "Sammy" El-Gamal, 35, a partner with him in his company SoHo Properties, both have a history replete with intersections with tax and debt issues, dating back to at least 1994 and continuing into this year. In one instance, Sharif told a court he didn't hit a tenant from whom his brother and he were trying to collect back rent. He said to police, the tenant's "face could have run into my hand." The New York Post reported yesterday that Sharif and SoHo Properties are...
  • [Daniel Pearl's Father] Undercurrents below the Ground Zero mosque

    08/29/2010 12:34:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | August 28, 2010 / 19 Elul, 5770 | Judea Pearl
    I have been trying hard to find an explanation for the intense controversy surrounding the Cordoba Initiative, whereby 71 percent of Americans object to the proposed project of building a mosque next to Ground Zero. I cannot agree with the theory that such broad resistance represents Islamophobic sentiments, nor that it is a product of a “rightwing” smear campaign against one imam or another. Americans are neither bigots nor gullible. Deep sensitivity to the families of 9/11 victims was cited as yet another explanation, but this too does not answer the core question. If one accepts that the 19 fanatics...
  • Mosque's Saudi Patron

    08/26/2010 4:56:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 26, 2010 | Investors Busineess Daily staff
    Islamofascism: New dots are emerging from the probe into who's behind the Ground Zero mosque, and the radical Muslim Brotherhood is coming into view. While a couple of U.S. nonprofits — the Cordoba Initiative and its sister, the American Society for Muslim Advancement — are coordinating the New York project, they hardly give the full picture. A Saudi charity has sunk more than $300,000 into ASMA. It's called the Kingdom Foundation — headed by Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi prince whose 9/11 relief check was rejected after he blamed the attacks on U.S. foreign policy. Bin Talal is a major...
  • 9/11 Mosque Imam Wrote Much of the Guts of Obama's Historic Cairo Speech!

    08/24/2010 6:45:34 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 69 replies
    WebToday ^ | 8-24-10 | WebToday
    WEBTODAY EXCLUSIVE (August 24, 2010)-- QUESTION: Who really was speaking on that historic day of June 4th 2009 in Cairo, Egypt? President Obama or the Imam of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque, Feisal Abdul Rauf? ANSWER: Feisal Abdul Rauf! Link to audio of Rauf's admission The Shoebat Foundation obtained this shocking audio recording of Rauf's own voice boasting in Arabic that Obama’s historic Cairo speech was provided by the Imam and the Cordova Initiative in what the Imam called “The Blue Print” which he said was the solution to the Islamic-American divide. Rauf claimed Chapter 6 of the Imam’s work...
  • Ground Zero Imam Eyes Another Landmark

    08/24/2010 3:16:39 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 24, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, chairman of the soi-disant Cordoba Initiative, has gotten all the attention he deserves for his astonishingly insensitive attempt to build a 13-story mosque and community center at the site of Ground Zero. Rauf has largely escaped attention for his efforts to build a sawed-off version of the same on the grounds of the venerable and historically Christian Chautauqua Institution in western New York State. Although the resistance to Rauf at Chautauqua has not made the news, it is deeply felt, and it is coming from both Christians and Jews. As shall be seen, the forced feeding...
  • Ground Zero mosque modeled after notorious 9/11 mosque?

    08/22/2010 9:33:09 PM PDT · by hope · 23 replies
    wnd ^ | 8/22/10
    The New York imam behind the Ground Zero mosque has struck a partnership with the founder of the so-called 9/11 mosque in the Washington suburbs that gave aid and comfort to some of the 9/11 hijackers, WND has learned. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf counts the lead trustee of the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center among partners in his Cordoba Initiative, which features a 13-story mosque and a "cultural center" for his project to bring shariah, or Islamic law, to America. Families of 9/11 victims oppose construction of the proposed site so close to Ground Zero. Jamal Barzinji, one of the founders...
  • 'Ground Zero' imam on Mideast tour to make Islam 'Americanized'

    08/21/2010 11:31:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Post ^ | August 21, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE and CHARLES HURT
    The imam behind the plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero surfaced yesterday far from the controversy -- in Bahrain, where he's on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Middle East to spread good will. Appearing in public for the first time in weeks, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, speaking at a mosque near Bahrain's capital of Manama, said he wants to "Americanize" Islam -- but dodged questions about the uproar over his planned mosque and community center. This is Rauf's fourth US-sponsored trip to the region
  • Why Is Ground Zero Mosque Connection to Sharia Law Push Being Ignored?

    08/20/2010 9:46:37 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 17 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/20/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    With the shocking report by Christine Brim revealing that the folks involved in planning the Ground Zero Mosque are heading a major push to get Shariah law forced upon the United States, one has to wonder why this startling fact has not become the talk of the town among the Old Media and the chattering classes? One would think that this news would be a final nail the coffin of legitimacy that this GZ Mosque plan ever had. Brim asked an interesting question about the Ground Zero Mosque building's actual blueprints. What are the six currently unassigned floors going to...
  • Mosque debate divides Democrats, especially in NY (the rats scatter)

    08/19/2010 2:48:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 8/19/2010 | BETH FOUHY
    NEW YORK (AP) -- As vulnerable congressional Democrats weigh how to respond to President Barack Obama's statements on Muslims' right to build a mosque near ground zero, those in New York and closest to the controversy are staying silent or scrambling away. Democrats control both Senate seats and 27 of the state's 29 Congressional districts, but analysts believe as many as eight House Democrats in the state may be headed to defeat this year. Republicans, hoping to ease Democrats' grip on the state, insist the economy remains the major campaign issue but say the mosque flap could also help move...
  • Son of Hamas Mosab Yousef: “Every mosque is a danger on American soil”

    08/18/2010 10:22:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    the right scoop ^ | Aug 18th, 2010 | Yousef
    Yousef doesn’t mince words as he refers to Imam Rauf as a crazy person who is trying to put a ‘rock of division’ in the US that will cause lots of problems and violence. Yousef says that as a former x-Shin Bet officer he believes every mosque posses a danger to America. Wow.
  • US spending $16,000 for imam's Mideast tour [ As Nancy calls for Investigation of Mosque Critics]

    08/18/2010 5:41:08 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 59 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 18 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - American taxpayers will pay the imam behind plans for a mosque near the Manhattan site of the Sept. 11 attacks $3,000 in fees for a three-nation outreach trip to the Middle East that will cost roughly $16,000, the State Department said Wednesday. The department said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will get a daily $200 honorarium for the 15-day tour to Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, which is intended to promote religious tolerance. Airfare is included, as well as the standard federal government per diem for expenses and lodging in each of the cities he will...
  • Ground Zero Mosque Group Says It Has No Plan to Move Site or Meet With N.Y. Governor

    08/18/2010 3:14:31 AM PDT · by Man50D · 37 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 18, 2010 | Patrick Goodenough
    The organization planning to build a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero denied reports Tuesday about a scheduled meeting to discuss the matter with New York Gov. David Paterson. The group reaffirmed that it has no intention of moving the controversial project. Earlier Rep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.), a vocal critic of the plan, said Paterson told him during a phone conversation that he planned to meet with the developers later this week to discuss the possibility of an alternative site. The project is the brainchild of Feisel Abdul Rauf, an Islamic cleric who heads the Cordoba Initiative, an organization...
  • The Tolerant Pose (of Islam)

    08/17/2010 3:39:46 PM PDT · by pabianice · 7 replies
    Intolerance is not just part of al-Qaeda, it is part of Islam Non-Muslims are barred from entering the cities of Mecca and Medina — not merely barred from building synagogues or churches, but barred, period, because their infidel feet are deemed unfit to touch the ground. This is not an al-Qaeda principle. Nor is it an “Islamist” principle. It is Islam, pure and simple. “Truly the pagans are unclean,” instructs the Koran’s Sura 9:28, “so let them not . . . approach the Sacred Mosque.” This injunction — and there are plenty of similar ones in Islam’s scriptures — is...
  • Imam Feisal Watch: Let’s Try It Again, Where’s the Man Behind the GZ Mosque?

    08/17/2010 6:12:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 16, 2010 | Claudia Rosett
    Where exactly is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the $100 million Ground Zero mosque project? I keep asking because weeks after he stopped answering any questions about his “Cordoba House” plans, there is still no answer. By now, there is information in Rauf’s silence. He launched his Ground Zero mosque and Islamic center project in the name of “dialogue,” “outreach” and “bridge-building” in lower Manhattan. In doing so, he trampled on raw feelings, and set off a divisive debate. Rauf’s apparent dismissal of public questions as not worth his time, while he travels to the Middle East on U.S. taxpayer money, suggests enormous contempt for the American public.Rauf dropped out of sight...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: A Constantinople Initiative?

    08/16/2010 10:01:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 16, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One wonders about the symbolism of the Cordoba Initiative. Was Cordoba selected because in a multicultural context it represents a blending of harmonious cultures? If so, I’m not sure history quite supports such a usage. The city was founded by Romans and remained Western in some sense until conquered by Muslim invaders in 711, when it soon became a capital of what Muslims called al-Andalus, the Islamic foothold in southern Europe, the recurrence of which is so nostalgically evoked by bin Laden and Co. The president’s Cairo speech cited Cordoba as a beacon of tolerance during the Spanish Inquisition (“Islam...
  • New U.N. Scheme: Alliance of Civilizations (Rosett)

    11/22/2005 8:18:40 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 785+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2005 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    NEW YORK — After the epic disaster of , one might imagine the United Nations would tread carefully before launching any new and controversial efforts. Hardly.Still reeling from scandals on many fronts, the U.N. has launched another questionable initiative, called the , which is due to hold its first meeting this weekend in Spain. The program has been widely touted by U.N. Secretary-General as a bridge across cultural and religious divides, but it involves a daisy-chain of dubious associations that casts serious doubt both on the project itself and on the U.N.’s ability to cut loose from the scandals of the past...
  • Turkey, from Ally to Enemy (educational, eye-opening, must read)

    06/23/2010 5:52:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Traveling abroad on his first trip as president, Barack Obama tacked a visit to Turkey onto the tail end of a trip to Europe. "Some people have asked me if I chose to continue my travels to Ankara and Istanbul to send a message," he told the Turkish Parliament. "My answer is simple: Evet [yes]. Turkey is a critical ally." On the same visit, however, the president showed that he considered Turkey more firmly part of the Islamic world than of Europe. "I want to make sure that we end before the call to prayer, so we have about half...
  • Hillary and the Ground Zero Mosque Imam...what's going on with the web site of Cordoba Initiative?

    08/15/2010 11:45:00 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 08/15/10 | Thomas Lifson
    It is time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up to the plate and investigate Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who is currently touring the Middle East at the expense of American Taxpayers as an envoy of her Department of State. Claudia Rossett, one of America's premier journalists, today reveals several disturbing facts that more than warrant an official investigation: ...what's going on with the web site of his Cordoba Initiative? Last week, after someone in his Malaysia office referred all questions back to his office in New York, the phone number and address of his office in Malaysia...
  • Regarding Ground Zero, Bloomberg Misses the Point

    08/14/2010 12:25:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 14, 2010 | William Sullivan
    Slightly more absurd than any other political argument today is the concerted defense of a proposed mosque at Ground Zero. An Islamic entity known as the Cordoba Initiative, funded by shadowy interests, is looking to erect an ornate mosque and community center at the site of the 9/11 attack in Manhattan, and its proponents in America have deemed it an innocent act of freedom of religion and Islamic outreach while proclaiming that detractors are guilty of religious intolerance. Most notably guilty of this fallacy is New York Mayor Bloomberg, whose sight is so dulled by political correctness that he cannot...
  • More Moderate Muslims

    08/07/2010 9:22:18 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew c. McCarthy
    If Mayor Michael Bloomberg ever decides to stop buying his way around New York City’s term-limit law, he’d be a perfect fit at the State Department. Hizzoner was not content with having embarrassed himself by predicting that the attempted bombing of Times Square — the heart of a city that has been a jihadist target for 17 years — would prove to be the work of a disgruntled right-winger upset over the health-care bill. Bloomberg has now treated us to a cri de coeur in favor of the Ground Zero mosque. Funding sources for this project, originally known as the...
  • A Mosque At Ground Zero? Forsaking Israel? What’s Next...A Nuclear Iran?

    06/18/2010 1:26:24 PM PDT · by American Cabalist · 13 replies · 289+ views
    PantanoForCongress.com campaign website ^ | June 17, 2010 | Ilario Pantano
    By Ilario Pantano, Republican Candidate for Congress, NC-07 June 17, 2010 Also published at The Daily Caller and Military.com. Reprinted with permission. “Cordoba Center” sounds comfortably Latino and almost familiar in a multi-ethnic city like New York. The name’s Spanish origin has a little bit of history too: the Cordoba Mosque in Spain symbolized a gateway to Muslim conquest of Western Europe – a conquest that today is unfolding in real time. But as disturbing as the sharia invasion of the European Union might be, my concern is the new $100 million mosque that will sit smugly just 600 feet...
  • Imam unmosqued ( Ground Zero booster tied to sea clash )

    06/05/2010 4:59:07 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 40 replies · 1,351+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 10, 2010 | Andy Soltis
    The imam behind a proposed mosque near Ground Zero is a prominent member of a group that helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea this week. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a key figure in Malaysian-based Perdana Global Peace Organization, according to its Website.
  • Bloomberg defends Ground Zero mosque as freedom-of-faith issue

    05/29/2010 10:23:50 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 71 replies · 1,119+ views
    nypost.com ^ | May 29, 2010 | DAVID SEIFMAN
    In his fiercest defense yet of the mosque proposed near Ground Zero, Mayor Bloomberg declared yesterday that it must be allowed to proceed because the government "shouldn't be in the business of picking" one religion over another. "I think it's fair to say if somebody was going to try, on that piece of property, to build a church or a synagogue, nobody would be yelling and screaming," the mayor said. "And the fact of the matter is that Muslims have a right to do it, too."
  • FYI: "Cordoba House" (NYC Mega Mosque) Vote in NYC

    05/21/2010 10:15:23 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 22 replies · 884+ views
    Note — The full Community Board 1 of lower Manhattan will meet at 6 PM on May 25, 2010, at the Three-Legged Dog (a theater group’s headquarters) at 80 Greenwich Street to review and vote on the plans for the ‘Cordoba House.’
  • Ground Zero Mosque

    05/17/2010 5:20:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 903+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 17, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Political Correctness: While New York City OKs construction of a "monster mosque" at ground zero, the feds pay rent to a D.C. mosque tied to the Pentagon attack. Have we gone totally soft? Imagine on the 10th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we let the Japanese erect a cultural center at the site of that attack. Exactly. It would never happen. So why are Manhattan officials bowing to demands by a group called the American Society for Muslim Advancement to open — on of all days, Sept. 11, 2011 — a 13-story shrine to Islam in the shadow of the beautiful...
  • Ground Zero Mosque (Rally against on June 6th!)

    05/13/2010 9:24:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1,269+ views
    Before It's News ^ | May 13, 2010 | Jan Suzanne
    Hello New Yorkers and all Americans out there. Save the date, June 6, 2010 and come to Ground Zero for a rally to stop the spread of Islam in the US. It is time that this little known news item gets blasted into the public arena. This story has had a very low profile, in spite of the fact that the NY Times had it on their front page on the December 8th. Since then, there has been very little publicity or follow up stories. (Link: www.nytimes.com/2009/12/09/nyregion/09mosque.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&ref=nyregion) The background information begins on 9/11 at 45 Park Place, the Burlington Building,...
  • Plan for mosque near World Trade Center site moves ahead

    05/08/2010 3:24:09 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 90 replies · 2,466+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | May 6, 2010 | Joe Jackson
    A proposal to build a mosque steps from Ground Zero received the support of a downtown committee despite some loved ones of 9/11 victims finding it offensive. The 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center was unanimously endorsed by the 12-member Community Board 1's financial district committee. The $100 million project, called the Cordoba House, is proposed for the old Burlington Coat Factory building at Park Place and Broadway, just two blocks from the World Trade Center site. "I think it will be a wonderful asset to the community," said committee Chairman Ro Sheffe. Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who helped found...
  • Mosque going up in NYC building damaged on 9/11

    05/06/2010 3:26:46 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 79 replies · 1,973+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | May 6, 2010 | CRISTIAN SALAZAR
    NEW YORK (AP) - In a 13-story building, damaged by debris from the Sept. 11 airliners that brought down the World Trade Center and soon to become a mosque, some see the bridging of a cultural divide and an opportunity to serve a burgeoning, peaceful religious population. Others see a painful reminder of the religious extremism that killed their loved ones. Two Muslim organizations have partnered to open the mosque and cultural center in lower Manhattan, saying the $100 million project will create a venue for mainstream Islam and a counterbalance to radicalism. It earned a key endorsement this week...
  • Mysterious Group Buys Building Next to Ground Zero For Mosque

    12/16/2009 11:28:23 AM PST · by Steelfish · 499 replies · 12,815+ views
    Hudson New York Institute via GatewayPundit.FirstThings ^ | December 16, 2009 | by Youssef M. Ibrahim
    Mysterious Group Buys Building Next to Ground Zero For Mosque Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Jim Hoft A mysterous Muslim group with unknown sponsors has purchased a building steps away from Ground Zero. Hudson New York reported: An identified group with unknown sponsors has purchased building steps away from where the WorldTrade Center once stood — to turn it into potentially one of the largest New York City mosques. At the moment the building, the old Burlington Coat Factory, already serves as a mini-mosque: an iron grill lifts every Friday afternoon for a little known Imam leading prayers a few yards...