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Investigation Finds Obama Financing Mosques Worldwide With U.S. Taxpayer Dollars
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas. This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending.Plenty of outrage following the announcement made Thursday afternoon by a government commission that suggested huge cuts to the budget, including eliminating the interest education for home mortgage. This juxtaposed with the United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries has upset many taxpayer groups.

“We are spending money we don’t have. This is all on a gigantic credit card right now,” said Jared Thomas, a taxpayer advocate.

Millions more dollars have been sent to places like Cyprus. The State Department displays before and after pictures of mosques refurbished with U.S. tax dollars.

“I think it is very hard to explain to the American taxpayer right now whose having an extraordinary time paying bills and making ends meet that this is why we took this out of your paycheck, so we can fund this,” said Thomas.

The State Department declined a Channel 2 Action News request for an interview. We wanted to ask why are we using tax dollars to refurbish religious buildings overseas. The State Department did send Channel Two Action News an e-mail saying that they are fighting Islamic extremism by building relationships with Islamic leaders.

Egyptian-American human rights activist Nonie Darwish told Channel 2 Action News anchor Justin Farmer that trying to buy respect in the Middle East only shows our weakness.

“This part of the world has a lot of respect for power and America is not showing its power, it’s showing its appeasement. They are laughing all the way to the bank,” said Darwish.

Darwish was born in Egypt and is now a former Muslim. Darwish told Farmer that she moved to America and has written several books critical of radical Islam. Darwish said that most of the mosques in Egypt are run by extremists who have ordered former Muslims like herself to be killed.

“We are rebuilding mosques to support the radicals, not to support the moderates. We are building mosques to issue fatwas of death against people like me,” said Darwish.

Your tax dollars also fund computers and mosques in places like Tajikistan and Mali. At an ancient mud brick mosque in Mali, the State Department has provided Internet service and computer equipment to local imams.

Taxpayer watchdogs wonder how the State Department can explain paying for Internet service while Americans struggle through the worst recession in decades.

“To the average person who has probably seen their paycheck shrink and not grow, this could be an insult to them,” said Pete Sepp, President of the National Taxpayers Association.

With radical websites inciting violence and extremism worldwide, there are concerns that the taxpayer-funded Internet service could be misused.

“That is not the job of the U.S. because giving them Internet access to imams and Muslim preachers who hate America,” said Darwish.

Critics say that it is time to review funding for all federal programs that do not directly benefit taxpayers.

“We are spending money we don’t have and certainly we can cut items like this,” said Thomas.

The Deficit Commission announced it would look at slowing the growth of foreign aid. Channel 2 Action News is not aware if there will be cuts in this particular U.S Aid program.

http://patdollard.com/2012/09/investigat...r-dollars/
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I think we should cut all foreign aid.

That said, there is always more to the story.

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/03/funding...-overseas/

Q: Is President Obama using tax dollars to rebuild mosques around the world?

A: Yes — and to rebuild historic churches and temples as well. The State Department’s program to preserve overseas cultural landmarks started funding projects under President Bush in 2001.



"It’s true that mosques are among the cultural sites that have received grant money under this program. But temples and churches around the world also have received funding, contrary to AFA’s claim that the "secular left" would be upset if "these monies had been spent to repair Christian churches." When we searched the State Department’s database and lists of 2009 and 2010 projects for "mosque" and "minaret," we found that 30 mosques or minaret restoration projects had received funding under Bush, and seven such sites had been funded under Obama. Also, 29 projects for churches and cathedrals were funded under Bush and 13 under Obama. Those totals do not represent all Christian or Islamic historical and cultural sites, however — our search for "mosque," for instance wouldn’t pull up funding for an Islamic monument or conservation of ancient manuscripts, and our search for "church" didn’t pull up restoration of convents or monasteries."


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JustinHEMI;23638 Wrote:I think we should cut all foreign aid.

That said, there is always more to the story.

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/03/funding...-overseas/

Q: Is President Obama using tax dollars to rebuild mosques around the world?

A: Yes — and to rebuild historic churches and temples as well. The State Department’s program to preserve overseas cultural landmarks started funding projects under President Bush in 2001.



"It’s true that mosques are among the cultural sites that have received grant money under this program. But temples and churches around the world also have received funding, contrary to AFA’s claim that the "secular left" would be upset if "these monies had been spent to repair Christian churches." When we searched the State Department’s database and lists of 2009 and 2010 projects for "mosque" and "minaret," we found that 30 mosques or minaret restoration projects had received funding under Bush, and seven such sites had been funded under Obama. Also, 29 projects for churches and cathedrals were funded under Bush and 13 under Obama. Those totals do not represent all Christian or Islamic historical and cultural sites, however — our search for "mosque," for instance wouldn’t pull up funding for an Islamic monument or conservation of ancient manuscripts, and our search for "church" didn’t pull up restoration of convents or monasteries."


Justin

Not a dime of our money should go to overseas restoration projects, regardless of religion.
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Concur. That money should be invested in America. If they want to fix and repair something, how about starting with our roads and bridges?

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Untill our domestic problems are solved I don't think we should be spending money overseas. Just like at home I would like to be able to choose who I help and in what ways. Too bad that ain't the way it happens.

With that being said I agree with JustinHEMI. I don't like when half a story is told. It is dishonest and I do not like liars. Even if an article is something I agree with I would like the entire truth. I like to form opinions when I understand the entire situation. I don't like when I am being feed something that pushes an agenda by bending the truth.

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mpan72;23664 Wrote:Untill our domestic problems are solved I don't think we should be spending money overseas. Just like at home I would like to be able to choose who I help and in what ways. Too bad that ain't the way it happens.

With that being said I agree with JustinHEMI. I don't like when half a story is told. It is dishonest and I do not like liars. Even if an article is something I agree with I would like the entire truth. I like to form opinions when I understand the entire situation. I don't like when I am being feed something that pushes an agenda by bending the truth.

(Sorry to sidetrack)
I dont think Middle was intentionally leaving anything out. That is the article in full and not everyone has time to check and research the credibility of EVERY thing a reporter writes. I dont think Middle should get jumped on over this. I am guilty of doing the same has are MANY others.
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If the mosques are such important cultural sites let the Saudis and oil-rich Arabs of hte Middle East pay for the restoration.

The same applies to the holy sites of every other religion also.
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das;23862 Wrote:
mpan72;23664 Wrote:Untill our domestic problems are solved I don't think we should be spending money overseas. Just like at home I would like to be able to choose who I help and in what ways. Too bad that ain't the way it happens.

With that being said I agree with JustinHEMI. I don't like when half a story is told. It is dishonest and I do not like liars. Even if an article is something I agree with I would like the entire truth. I like to form opinions when I understand the entire situation. I don't like when I am being feed something that pushes an agenda by bending the truth.

(Sorry to sidetrack)
I dont think Middle was intentionally leaving anything out. That is the article in full and not everyone has time to check and research the credibility of EVERY thing a reporter writes. I dont think Middle should get jumped on over this. I am guilty of doing the same has are MANY others.

Was actualy directed at the author of the article. Shit floats be it red or blue.
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