The issue of formally legal but ethically unacceptable reared its head again in the continuing saga of the Ground Zero Mosque. The developers of the controversial project applied for up to five million dollars available through the 9/11 redevelopment fund.
Per JammieWearingFool, “[t]he application was submitted under a “community and cultural enhancement” grant program administered by the Lower Manhattan Development 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 still ongoing and confidential process of determining the grant winners.”
JammieWearingFool provides the most trenchant commentary on this development:
“If Imam Feisal and his retinue want know why they’re not trusted, here’s yet another reason,” says Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble with Islam and Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU, when I asked her about the grant proposal. “The New Yorkers I speak with have questions about Park51. Requesting money from public coffers without engaging the public shows a staggering lack of empathy—especially from a man who says he’s all about dialogue.”
I only hope that further “dialogue” finally makes this issue go away. Moreover, this is yet another opportunity for the “Dialoguer-in-Chief” to re-inject himself into the controversy, this time as president of all Americans.
Let’s not hold our breath…