U.S. government funds mosque renovation and rehabilitation around the world While much attention has been focused on questions surrounding the Ground Zero mosque and the appropriateness of the State Department funding Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Raufs trip to the Middle East, little attention has been given to the fact that U.S. taxpayer money is funding mosque development around the world. Just a cursory search of the term mosque on the State Departments list of projects reveals 26 examples of federal funds going to fund construction, renovation, and rehabilitation of various mosques abroad. The benefiting countries include Bulgaria, Pakistan, Mali, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Egypt, Tunisia, the Maldives, Yemen, Turkmenistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Serbia and Montenegro. The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) which is putting millions toward heritage preservation projects in the developing world financed mosque-related projects in all the aforementioned countries. In Montenegro, for example, the State Department has funded an effort to restore and conserve the Shadrvan (Fountain) of the Old Mosque in Pljevlja. According to the State Departments website, without needed repairs there would not be a sufficient place for ritual washing before prayer. Read more: U.S. government funds mosque renovation and rehabilitation around the world | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment not sure what to make of this....seems this has been happening since 2003, and nothing indicates it is soley reserved for mosques or any religion.... is this a violation of the 1st amendment?