This was on Fox News:
The State Dept. will pay for the fund raising tour of the Imam who wants to build the mosque at Ground Zero. He will visit Riyadh, S.A., Quater, and Dubai, among other countries. After several days of phone calls and e-mail inquiries, the State Dept. answered, “we need to get clearance to comment” No denial was forthcoming. The Imam already has a mosque 10 blocks from the sone he wants to build.http://22.214.171.124/focus/f-news/2567101/posts
Secondly, from Pajamas Media:
Our state department is financing a trip to the Middle East oil rich nations by the imam who wishes to build the 15 story Cordoba House mosque near the ruins of the WTC. It is suspected the trip is to raise money for this outrage to the memory of those who perished on 9/11.
“Next stops for Feisal Abdul Rauf, imam of the plan for a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero: Courtesy of the U.S. State Department, Rauf – a.k.a. Imam Feisal – is scheduled to spend the rest of the summer on a swing through the petro-dollar palaces of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, and Qatar.
Rauf’s summer itinerary suggests odd priorities for a man who, in the name of harmony and bridge-building, has stirred up a furious debate in the U.S. – and then quietly left the country last month, leaving many questions unanswered about such matters as where and how he plans to raise the $100 million he’ll need to realize his dream of a high-rise Islamic hub right up the street from where the Twin Towers stood.
Neither Rauf nor the State Department seems eager to publicize his summer trip to Saudi Arabia and points nearby, though his tour appears imminent – as in, he’ll probably be touching down in the Middle East this coming week, and he’s not due back till early September.
Feisal Abdul Rauf, who will not condemn Hamas. This was the man Man Who Paid $4.8 Million For Ground Zero Mosque Property Was a Waiter in 2002…
Read More about this sorry tale of the mosque here: American Spectator