Islamic Community Center Applied For $5 Million Dollar Federal Grant

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    The so-called ground zero mosque recently applied for a $5 million federal grant from a fund designed to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11, reports The Daily Beast’s John Avlon.

    Developers of the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and mosque located two blocks from ground zero earlier this month applied for roughly $5 million in federal grant money set aside for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

    The audacious move stands to reignite the embers of a divisive debate that dominated headlines surrounding the ninth anniversary of the attacks this fall, say people vested in the issue.

    The application was submitted under a “community and cultural enhancement” grant program administered by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation (LMDC), which oversaw the $20 billion in federal aid allocated in the wake of 9/11 and is currently doling out millions in remaining taxpayer funds for community development. The redevelopment board declined to comment on the application (as did officials from Park51), citing the continuing and confidential process of determining the grant winners.

    While news of the application has not previously been made public, developer Sharif El-Gamal outlined it in closed-door meetings, according to two individuals he spoke with directly. The thirtysomething, Brooklyn-born El-Gamal is motivated more by real estate ambition—one of these sources describes him as aspiring to be the next Donald Trump—than Islamic theology or ideology.

    Park51’s developers clearly have a legal right to apply for the grant. A list of Frequently Asked Questions that accompanied the application specifically states that religious organizations can make funding requests for capital projects “as long as the request is for a facility or portion of a facility that is dedicated to non-religious activities or uses.” According to an individual familiar with the Park51 application, it requests funds to cover a number of cultural, educational and community development aspects of the proposed 13-story building—but the prayer room is excluded from the grant application.


    Ground Zero Mosque Applied For Federal 9/11 Grant, Reports John Avlon - The Daily Beast
     
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    Yes, this "mosque" is all about bringing people together....NOT!!
     
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    This is the New and Improved Americanized Islam. ;)
     
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    I hope it is VERY soon.

    Thats all I have to say.
     
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    Well, shit, that makes it all fine and dandy. What's the big deal? [/sarcasm]
     
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    "Park51 has applied for a Lower Manhattan Development Corporation grant," said Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of SOHO Properties, the developer behind the Islamic center. In a statement, El-Gamal said the money would "in part fund social service programs such as domestic violence programs, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services."

    The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation received more than 265 applications seeking more than $175 million for community and cultural programs, though the LMDC has only $17 million of federal funding to allocate.

    "We are now turning to the challenging but important task of sorting through the applications to identify those that address long-standing community and cultural needs," said Avi Schick, chairman of LMDC.

    The grants will range from $100,000 to $1 million, according to Julie Menin, chair of Community Board 1 and a member of the LMDC board. Among the criteria used to judge applications, Menin said, are financial viability, job creation, revitalizing the community and a track record of service in Lower Manhattan.

    "We have funded museums, public schools, programs to help small businesses hurt after 9/11," said Menin.

    An online report said Park51 had requested $5 million, but neither the developer nor LMDC board members would confirm that amount.

    Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding - CNN.com
     
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    Worst thing is they will probably get it.
     
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    Sure why not Muslims should all get foodstamps and gift cards to walmart compliments of the dhimmie.
     
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    I hear Americans on this board talking about we need a moderate version of Islam.

    The soon to be build Park 51 mosque fits that model. :cool:
     
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    Park 51 that previously was called Cordoba House? Wasn't the Cordoba mosque built on the ruins of the Christian church in Cordoba when the jihadists conquered Spain?

    The same Spain that the jihadists renamed al Andalus to erase any reference to Spain

    Yah, it was.

    Islam the religion of imperialism and jihad
     
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