In the ongoing saga of the mosque being built at ground zero we find out Imam Rauf is on a mideast tour to promote religious tolerance that will cost $16,000 and will include per diem and honorarium and all this is being paid for by the State Department which gets their money from the taxpayers.  The article also mentions this Imam made trips like this during the Bush administration.  So the question I have is why doesn’t the State Department pay for this Imam to meet with the 9/11 families to promote respect and honor for them and to the rest of this nation for the pain he is causing by wanting to build this mosque?

Secondly, here we have the US government paying for this Imam to take these trips to the middle east and sometimes makes me wonder of all this turmoil about this mosque and other issues like this are a smoke screen to hide the real problems in this nation!!  Again, I realize this Imam has the right to build this mosque but the decent thing to do is to build it somewhere else.  But, it seems like our government speaks out of the both sides of its mouth and we as the citizens are left to wonder what really is the truth.  The media play this up and the population gets all in a frenzy and in the meantime we ignore the serious issues of this nation; like it being bankrupt!!

In conclusion I would say that if this Imam wants to promote religious tolerance in the middle east then let those countries pay for it!  Why should our tax dollars be spent to send this Imam to the middle east when he is sticking it in the eye of this nation by wanting to build this mosque at ground zero. (Link info below)

Courier-Journal – US spending $16,000 for imam’s Mideast tour

http://content.usatoday.net/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=courier-journal&sParam=34321133.story

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