PJ Crowley Awkwardly Explains Why US Gov Is Sponsoring GZ Mosque Imam

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Trader666, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. As if we needed any more reasons to throw the Obama regime out of office in 2012:

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  2. U.S. funding of ground zero mosque imam's trip draws ire
    GOP lawmakers say paying for Feisal Abdul Rauf's Mideast visit is 'unacceptable'

    msnbc.com news services
    updated 8/11/2010 6:00:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON — The imam behind controversial plans for a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks is being sent by the State Department on a religious outreach trip to the Middle East, officials said Tuesday, in a move that drew criticism from conservative lawmakers.

    The department is sponsoring Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's visit to Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, where he will discuss Muslim life in America and promote religious tolerance, spokesman P.J. Crowley said. He said the imam had been on two similar trips and that plans for the upcoming tour predated the mosque controversy.

    Two Republican members of Congress, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Peter King, called government sponsorship of Rauf's trip "unacceptable" in a joint statement. They said he had suggested in at least one interview that the United States was to blame for the 2001 attacks and that taxpayer money should not be used to fund the tour.

    "The State Department's selection of Feisal Abdul Rauf to represent the American people through this program further calls into question the administration's policy and funding priorities," Ros-Lehtinen and King, who are the ranking members of the Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security committees, said in their statement.

    Crowley told reporters that the the department has "a long-term relationship" with Rauf, noting that he had visited Bahrain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in 2007 and went to Egypt last January as part of an exchange program run by the State Department's Office of International Information Programs.

    "His work on tolerance and religious diversity is well-known and he brings a moderate perspective to foreign audiences on what it's like to be a practicing Muslim in the United States," Crowley said.

    Rauf will not be allowed to raise funds for the proposed center during the trip, Crowley said.
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  4. Lucrum


    This will be the first bumper sticker I believe I've ever put on a car I own.

  5. Let's whack another country ...eh?

    3 Trillion and 20,000 life's right down another shithole?

    C'Mon you fucking wingnuts lets do it!!! Whaddya say?