Sharia Stimulus: US Taxpayers Funding Shovel-Ready Mosques Abroad
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan, August 15, 1986.
There’s a lot that isn’t moving in the United States right now and government money is flowing like water in this Recovery Summer. But who knew that under Barack Obama similar subsidies would be extended to mosque maintenance in foreign lands? Caroline May at the Daily Caller reports:
Just a cursory search of the term “mosque” on the State Department’s 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.
Money being fungible, wouldn’t it be interesting if some of the Islamist funding provided by the State Department’s U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation freed up other foreign cash later donated to our own Ground Zero Mosque project?
I guess that wall of separation thing so beloved by liberals only applies to churches.
However, American Islamic Forum for Democracy's Dr. Zuhdi Jasser objects:
“We have always felt this type of outreach is completely ineffective and that ultimately we have to approach it like the Cold War where we are fighting an ideology and we have to be poignantly open about what part of political Islam we are trying to change and modify,” Jasser said. “If we are going to have this long war of ideas we cannot fund these religious institutions. We can fund anti-Islamist institutions based in liberty.”
I think Dr. Jasser has it right. If we are going to subsidize Islam abroad, shouldn't we at least direct the funds towards friends of liberty?