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State Dept To Send Mosque Imam On Tour

From Fox News:

US State Dept Sends Mosque Imam to Mideast

August 9, 2010 | by: Jake Gibson

WASHINGTON– State Department officials on Monday confirmed Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Imam of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, will soon be going on a trip of the Middle East and the U.S. government will be picking up the tab

In effect, we, the taxpayers, are paying for Mr. Rauf’s fundraising tour. Clearly, they are trying to wear out our outrage button.

Rauf has emerged as a controversial figure because of his refusal to acknowledge Hamas as a terrorist organization, which is how the U.S. government classifies the group. The imam also has been quoted as saying U.S. foreign policy was in part responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

“He is a distinguished Muslim cleric,” said State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley. “We do have a program whereby, through our Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau here at the State Department, we send people from Muslim communities here in this country around the world to help people overseas understand our society and the role of religion within our society.”

Lest we forget, Mr. Crowley is the same State Department spokesman who said the US was "standing up" for America by admitting to China that we were violating human rights with Arizona’s new immigration law.

Rauf and his partners are preparing to build a $100 million Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero, where on September 11, 2001 two airliners hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists, slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 innocents…

The State Department has not yet divulged a detailed itinerary of Rauf’s trip, although Arab media is reporting he will visit the oil rich states of Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi.

“It is to foster greater understanding and outreach around the world, among… Muslim- majority communities,” said Crowley. “We’ve done this many, many times, with many leading figures… over the past few years.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has forcefully defended the project as a symbol of America’s religious tolerance.

Yes, Muslim Mosques are the symbol of religious tolerance wherever they are found.

By the way, we should also recall that the State Department is headed by that famous New Yorker, Hillary Clinton. You know, the same woman who intoned on the floor of the Senate on September 21, 2001:

We will also stand united behind our President as he and his advisors plan the necessary actions to demonstrate America’s resolve and commitment. Not only to seek out an exact punishment on the perpetrators, but to make very clear that not only those who harbor terrorists, but those who in any way aid or comfort them whatsoever will now face the wrath of our country. And I hope that that message has gotten through to everywhere it needs to be heard. You are either with America in our time of need or you are not.

But of course she is a Democrat and those were just words.

By the way, whatever happened to that famous separation of ‘church and state’?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

38 Responses to “State Dept To Send Mosque Imam On Tour”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    I really try and go to extreme lengths to avoid the kind of thinking that liberal activists engage in when they firebomb and loot and destroy things to get their ludicrous point across. This one is pushing my buttons, and I really would not be surprised if someone of a similar mindset to myself lacks the rationality or self restraint and lashes out at this mosque and its imam. Of course, this will only serve to strengthen the resolve of the enemy and martyr these disgusting human beings in the eyes of fanatical followers, and has probably already been planned for. If we let it get built, that act alone admits defeat, and no action after that will make a lift of difference toward undoing that admission.

    I must do as I always should, and place my trust in God that he will not allow this outrage to befall our country.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Just a passive Google search of PJ Crowley has turned up interesting results:

      In February 2008, Mr. Crowley outlined his vision for a transformed approach to national security issues, in a position paper titled “Safe at Home: A National Security Strategy to Protect the American Homeland, the Real Central Front.” Examining the report, it’s not difficult to conclude that Mr. Crowley is a prime ideological architect of the Obama Administration’s national security strategy.

      Even before the Democratic nominee was chosen, Mr. Crowley was already calling upon President Bush’s successor to drop any use of the phrase “war on terror,” or any mention of the Islamic identity of the terrorists: “The next administration should discard the overly broad frame ‘global war on terror’ and ignore misleading slogans such as ‘Islamo-fascism.’”

      He also appeared to be one of the first to not only call for the prosecution of suspected terrorists in civilian courts, but to advocate treating terrorism as a “criminal matter:” “U.S. courts have consistently demonstrated their ability to deal with complex terrorism cases, even those involving secret and sensitive information. Rather than being a constraint, treating terrorism as primarily a criminal matter in fair and transparent legal proceedings adds to our political legitimacy at the terrorists’ expense.”

      Throughout his report, Mr. Crowley again and again blames America for the actions of our enemies: “Contrary to what President Bush has said, terrorism is directed in large part at what we do, not who we are.” In other words, we’re at fault for the actions of those who try to murder us. Mr. Crowley also stated this belief in a 2005 Center for American Progress lecture, in which he declared that our foes in the Muslim world “hate what we do, the influence we wield in the Middle East, the perception that we prop up autocratic governments that deny human rights, political expression and genuine opportunity for their people, all in pursuit of oil.”

      So al-Qaeda is actually a “human rights” organization fighting for “political expression and genuine opportunity for their people.”

      Was this guy’s father named Alistair by chance?

      It seems this is our actual chief diplomat too, or at least the mind behind the teleprompter on this issue.

      This is getting out of control. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re right either, aRn.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Our real enemies have always been inside our national house.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Hey Imam Abdul Rauf………I hope you like your new friends who will be moving in across the street from your “Victory Mosque”!

    Quess what is going to be across the street from the “Victory Mosque”………..a gay Muslim bar!


  4. wardmama4 says:

    TS yeah I read that on Hot Air – bet his legal papers are denied (although there is the possibility that being a gay bar – he just might slide it through – I’m sure no one in any political position (or with future aspirations) would ever vote against gays).

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “…although there is the possibility that being a gay bar – he just might slide it through.”


      Now, c’mon. Was that a freudian slip? :-)

  5. beautyofreason says:

    I’m sickened. This paid da’wah is leaps and bounds away from the proper role of the United States government.

    The aristocrats are trying to rub our faces in this monstrosity.

    Iman Khan on 9/11:

    “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened. But the United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.”

    On a question on whether or not Hamas is a terrorist organization:

    “The issue of terrorism is a very complex question… I am a peace builder. I will not allow anybody to put me in a position where I am seen by any party in the world as an adversary or as an enemy.”

    The carefully crafted half-answers are setting off the B.S. bells. Hamas is on record saying they wish to kill all Jews in the world. Refusing to condemn them is like refusing to condemn the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazis….it generally indicates some ideological support for the group.

  6. oldpuppydixie says:

    Has anyone heard from the ACLU, demanding that tax dollars NOT be contributed to “religious escapades?” Has the suit been filed? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • wardmama4 says:

      One has to wonder if:
      1) if the ACLU is silent on this, as the support the islamic agenda to rid the World of Christians and Jews
      2) if the ACLU is silent on this, as they oppose everything America stands for and therefore are in agreement with radical islam in the destruction of America
      3) the ACLU is silent on this, as they have already sent their contribution bribe into the imam and have his retainer fee check cashed in preparation for the trials to defend ‘the religion of peace’?

      Answer: All of the above.

  7. oldpuppydixie says:

    I wonder when we’ll hear cries of outrage from Mitchie the Kid McConnell and other steel-spined, pillars of conservative principle, demanding to know why tax payers are footing the bill for Islamofascists while Christians are not even permitted to offer silent prayers near abortion clinics?? Ooops. Sorry. For a moment I forgot that republicans prefer to follow the tried and true precepts of BIPARTISANSHIP…a method Juan McCain found so useful in his presidential bid. That is, stand for nothing, offend no one, say little and in all matters, attack only your SUPPORTERS!!

    • Petronius says:

      oldpuppydixie asks when will we “hear cries of outrage from Mitchie the Kid McConnell ….?”

      Here is what Mitch McConnell should say but never will :

      We need to buy the ticket to send this imam back to the Mideast. In fact, let’s buy many tickets, and send them all back to the Mideast. One-way tickets. For every last one of them.

      And after they have left, we should lock and bolt the door behind them and throw away the key. That is what any mentally healthy society would do.

      Unfortunately, however, America is not a sane country. It suffers from a form of madness. It has the Liberal Death Wish, and not much else.

      Why is this creature even here? Why do we tolerate these enemies in our midst?

      Why do we build a military strategy based on winning the hearts and minds of people who don’t have hearts and minds?

      Why do we engage in nation building with barbarians who lack the capacity for civilization?

      How do you win the war on terror by playing according to rules your enemy refuses to recognize? Rules that they explicitly, scornfully, and brutally disrespect?

      Yes, yes, I know. Liberal doctrine holds that peoples of every race, religion, and culture have equal potential for goodness and decency and equal civilizing potential. They tell us there are no differences among the many peoples of the world. At least no differences that cannot be overcome by plenty of public school education, economic uplift, lots of American dollars, and reform of our own bankrupt Western institutions. Underneath we’re all alike, we’re as much alike as peas in a pod. As one great big field of daisies. Just strip away a few outmoded things such as our Constitution, Christianity, and property rights, and things will be right as rain. Yes, that’s what they always tell us. We’ve heard it all many times before.

      But be that as it may, whether they have equal potential or not, at the present time they remain trapped in the 11th century. They are at present clearly lacking in actual civilizing ability and actual goodness and decency. And they will continue to be lacking into the near future, and for as far into the future as is now reasonably foreseeable.

      Liberals will say, But what about all the millions of our moderate Muslim immigrants who have enriched our culture?

      I will answer that question. Here is my definition of a moderate Muslim. A moderate Muslim is a Muslim who has run out of ammunition.

      America needs to wake up from this madness called Liberalism and face reality. Rather than fighting the Islamists in our midst, we are committing cultural suicide. We are starving our law-abiding citizens with high taxes in order to gorge an invading army on massive social programs. The failed and naive Liberal program of forced multiculturalism emboldens our enemies and hastens our own downfall. It is destroying our cities and communities. We are undermining the American people, and committing a crime against our seniors, our children, and our posterity. We are building up terrible problems for the future.

      I’d sooner believe in the man in the moon, or that pigs can fly, than believe in the rubbish called Liberalism.

      Yes, send the imam back. Send them all back. It will be well worth the price of the tickets.

      That is what Mitch McConnell should say.

    • fallingpianos says:

      We need to buy the ticket to send this imam back to the Mideast. In fact, let’s buy many tickets, and send them all back to the Mideast. One-way tickets. For every last one of them.

      Agreed. We should also buy the bombs to strap them onto, then drop them when the planes reach Mecca’s airspace.

  8. conant says:

    Just why should we be tolerant of a bunch of rock worshiping savages? d
    Does belief negate stupidity?

  9. jobeth says:

    ” And I hope that that message has gotten through to everywhere it needs to be heard. You are either with America in our time of need or you are not.” said Hillary

    Ummm, either she is a potted plant…or not.

    Such force! Such a serious warning! It had to have the mulims shaking in their sandals. (from all that laughter)

    “We do have a program whereby, through our Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau here at the State Department, we send people from Muslim communities here in this country around the world to help people overseas understand our society and the role of religion within our society.”

    I’m wondering….Do they have a plan for the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to tour the world? I know they would appreciate the assistance. What about the Archbishop of the Catholic Church?…The head Rabbi..?

    Seems we have the money to send lots of people around the world to further disrespect of America.

    For instance Obama and his multi country bowing tour where he told the world America is sorry for all the things we have done for…I mean to them.

    Now his Queen is going on her own to spew more garbage in Spain…Hey isn’t Spain really super high on the muslim’s list of places they “want”. Umm, what a cowinkie dink….

    This really angers me!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY tax dollars should go for MY country…not to further muslim lies and rhetoric!

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    Follow the Money! Ask yourself, why did Hofstra after 8 decades do away with it’s football program. THE NY JETS SUMMER CAMP IS THERE FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD!

    Follow the Money! What dealings / supporters does Hofstra get from Islamic institutions? I’d be interested in knowing.

    NYIT – after the New York’s Bravest marched in with Bag Pipes, drums & the American flag, why was the invocation given by an imam who “read from the Koran first in Arabic & then in English – Allah be praised -ETC ETC.”

    I wonder. If a Lutheran minister was invited, stood up & announced “First I am going to quote from Luther’s Catethism in the original German & then translate after in English.”


    But just to make it fair – THE IMAM GAVE A CLOSING BENEDICTION – at which I followed with ‘IN JESUS’ NAME, A – MEN!”

    My only wish was to hear the Fireman’s Bag pipe & drum corp exit the facility with “AMAZING GRACE”.

    Here you go – check out the commencement yourself:Could it be the new NYIT campus in Bahrain, Jordon or UAE? Could it be THE MONEY?




  11. Natural Born Citizen says:

    Gary Bernstein the former CIA member charged with hunting down Osama Bin Laden said a mosque at ground zero would be a magnet for attracting radicals and would be used to recruit terrorists. I also heard that the name Cordoba House was based on a mosque in Cordoba, Spain and was the site of the “Western” caliphate when the Moors controled Spain. And the inaugural date for the projects opening was set for 9/11/13. A poke in the eye no matter how you look at it.

    • proreason says:

      Muslims traditionally have built mosques at the holiest site in conquered territories. They are symbols of dominance over the conquered people.

      So they built a mosque over the original temple in Jerusalem. Cordoba is another example.

      But the mosque at the 9/11 site is just to promote peace. Naming it Cordoba House is just a coincidence. Probably the architect is named Cordoba or something. Or maybe the UPS delivery guy. It’s a common name in NYC.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      The moors never controlled Spain, they liberated it from the crusaders! Come on, learn your history!

    • proreason says:

      Timeline of the Muslim presence in the Iberian peninsula

      1 Conquest (710–756)
      2 The Umayyad Emirate of Córdoba (756–929)
      3 The Umayyad Caliphate (929–1031)
      4 Political fragmentation (1031 – 1130)
      5 Decline and submission to Christian rule (1130–1481)
      6 Castile-Aragón conquers the kingdom of Granada (1481–1491)
      7 Aftermath (1492–1616)


    • beautyofreason says:

      It’s definitely not a poke; it’s more like a shovel to the head.

      Imagine the Muslims who will openly celebrate and pass out candy on September 11th with the anniversary of the opening of that mosque as an excuse.

      Every September that Americans mourn for the 3,000 dead because some fanatics screamed “Allah Akbar,” Muslims will mark it for the day they opened a mosque near the ashes of our dead, funded perhaps by the same people who exclude non-Muslims in Islamic countries.

      I can imagine a scenario where jihad tourism picks up around that date too. Imagine the privilege of a hardcore Muslim visiting their own little Cordoba built as close to the fallen towers as possible.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Don’t try to counter “common knowledge” with facts and reason. Minds are made up and then facts are “found”, “extrapolated” and “seasonally adjusted” to support the conclusion. That’s how things work now, don’t ya know.

    • jobeth says:

      Ya just gotta to love Greg Gutfeld….

      “I’m announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

      This is not a joke. I’ve already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

      As you know, the Muslim faith doesn’t look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I’m building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.”…(more at the link)


      Our local conservative talk radio host said that the Imam commented that Greg should have more understanding and have more sensitivity as to how this offends muslims”

      Now THAT is rich comming from him!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “It’s definitely not a poke; it’s more like a shovel to the head.”

      Wow, that statement puts it in perfect perspective. Well said. Very unambiguous.

      As for the mosque being a magnet that would attract violent terrorists making “pilgrimages”, I say…hey, that could very well work in our favor. Nothing says that security forces can’t put some high-res cameras on the doors and then alert security forces that acccchhhhmed is here. And, just to make it fun, make sure the construction is closely monitored so that secret entrances/exits are noted.

      Kind of like Enigma in WWII…the Nazis didn’t know the Brits had cracked their code system and could understand every secret message they transmitted.

      So, if the mosque must go up, make sure it is so closely monitored they can’t make any moves without our knowing about it. And if Bloomberg tries to interfere, go around him and do it anyway. After all, the socialists will not allow any prying eyes on their beloved putrid unbathing stone-agers.

      Time to break out the real cards and play for real stakes. Say nothing, install listening and security devices everywhere, make sure they are undetectable and if necessary, make them so much an integral part of the place’s construction that they wouldn’t be able to remove it all without tearing the place down.

    • confucius says:

      I think the Cordoba House is more than just a “poke in the eye.” It’s revenge.

      My understanding of Muslim tradition of building mosques on holy sites of conquered lands coincides with proreason’s. However, I depart in believing the name, Cordoba, was anything but accidental. I believe it was chosen to avenge the loss of Persia’s caliphate, Cordoba, to the Christian infidels during the Spanish Reconquista in which several mosques were destroyed and replaced with churches.

      I would also point out in Obama’s Cairo Speech, he said this:

      Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition. I saw it firsthand as a child in Indonesia, where devout Christians worshiped freely in an overwhelmingly Muslim country. That is the spirit we need today.

      In other words, its our turn.

  12. Right of the People says:

    I’m still for spraying the entire site with pig’s blood and entrails before they can break ground. I wonder what they’d have to do to consecrate it after that?

    I know it’s kind of crude but look who we’re dealing with.

  13. canary says:

    Isn’t it illegal for him to raise funds on his trip? Isn’t it against the freedom of religion for taxpayers to pay for the trip. If he was a Christian this would never fly.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Well, much like most discrimination, it is acceptable in this instance because we got ours over on the “poor pitiful muslims” throughout history, so now it is our turn to let them run roughshod. White, straight, Christian males are about to get their “just” desserts to an extent not conceived before.

    • canary says:

      It’s sick when Obama uses that accent when he quotes his holy koran. He’s the only person I’ve heard roll the r’s in koran. He doesn’t use a Russian, Chinese accent when he speaks of them. He’s just trying to make the muslims really know he is one of them. He never says “Holy” bible either. Amazing to honor a book written by one lunatic who lived alone in a cave smoking opium and writing down his dreams would turn out to take over an entire world. That is how dumb & dangerous Obama to tell the world the U.S. is a muslim country and to set up official government partnerships with them.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      That is an excellent observation. THere has been a theory going around that a good amount of his anger and wild-eyed leftism comes from his surrounding himself with race baiters and outright racists in an effort to appear more “authentic” as a black man in the struggle. I initially thought this was just a cop out excuse and the real reason he acts as he does is that he simply is and has always been a racist. But when I think about it, he is precisely the type of mindless follower that would fall victim to such idealogy. I think this muslim thing may very well be a different symptom of the same disease with him.

  14. bobbys says:

    Now that NASA is already turned over to a Muslim outreach why cannot we send the Imam to Uranus with Taxpayer monies.

  15. Natural Born Citizen says:

    There is a new book called the Muslim Mafia:Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America. by Dave Gaubatz, and Paul Sperry which is about a sting on CAIR and how they are infiltrating law enforcement, politicians, and the military to enhance there agenda. CAIR is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. As usual the MSM is providing them cover. Are own government needs to be called out on this treasonous behavior.

  16. Tater Salad says:

    America….please wake up because Sharia Law is being advanced here in the United States. Do not let this happen!
    Below is a video of what happens to women who “DO NOT COMPLY”. Sickening!


    • TwilightZoned says:

      Despicable! What God would condone this type of treatment toward anyone?!
      Certainly not the God I know and love.

      TS, your posts regarding Sharia Law have been most enlightening. You are correct, it must be stopped.

  17. Tater Salad says:

    If Americans still think that the Islamic religion will not take over the United States….they are dead wrong and here is why:


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