This week the discussion about the viability of a Mosque near ground zero on 9/11 morphed from a regional issue to a national forum led by the President and finally into a three-ring circus as Nancy Pelosi became self-appointed ringmaster cracking her whip and demanding an investigation of the mosque’s backers as well as opponents.
Today, a representative for the group building the mosque cum cultural center took the net away from his high-flying enterprise.
ABC NewsBy RUSSELL GOLDMANAug. 18, 2010
The developers behind the Islamic center planned for a site near Ground Zero won’t rule out accepting financing from the Mideast — including from Saudi Arabia and Iran — as they begin searching for $100 million needed to build the project.
The religious organization and the development company behind the center declined to say how much of the $100 million needed to build the facility has already been raised.
“We are in the planning stages,” said Oz Sultan, spokesman for the center now called Park51. “We have just started the process of fundraising planning.”
Sultan said it would take three to six months to establish a plan on how to raise the needed capital. He said any fundraising campaign would begin domestically, but he would not comment on whether it would extend overseas or to foreign governments.
The Saudis, home to the 9/11 terrorists, have funded many mosques in this country; the US government has declared Iran a sponsor of terrorism. [ABC News.go.com]
The group sponsoring the Mosque has declined an invitation by Governor Patterson to meet with him to engage in a dialogue about alternative locations. Oh, and in the midst of all of this breaking news, the President was heard to say that he did not regret his comments on the center. [blogs.ajc.com] Hey, it’s summer. Everybody into the pool or is that under the circus tent.