September 1, 2010
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Says Funding of Ground Zero should not be investigatedTopics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
It's beginning to appear that Bloomberg himself has a dog in this hunt and maybe something to hide. Besides being a chief advocate for the mosque, now he's on record that he doesn't want the mosque's finances investigated. By doing so he's essentially saying, as Robert Spencer suggests, that any group can now call itself a religious organization and then engage in shady financial dealings with impunity:
From the NYT: Mayor Opposes Examining Islamic Cente's Finances:
[...] Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo should not investigate the financing of the proposed Islamic community center near ground zero, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Tuesday, reiterating his support for the project.Read more ...
"I think it's a terrible precedent," he said. "You don't want them investigating donations to religious organizations, and there's no reason for the government to do so."
Mr. Bloomberg made his remarks about the controversial development project, known as Park51, in response to questions about a Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday that found voters in New York State deeply divided, with more than 70 percent of them wanting Mr. Cuomo to investigate the project's financing.
Sticking to what he said were the larger principles at stake, Mayor Bloomberg played down recent reports that the project's main developer, Sharif el-Gamal, has a history of misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct, drunken driving and hiring a prostitute.
"I don't know anything about his personal life," he said, speaking after the opening of a new Italian marketplace in the Flatiron district. "The issue here to me is very simple: The government shouldn't be in the business of telling people who they pray to, where they pray, when they pray. There's an issue of what American values are."
Bloomberg's exuberant support of the GZ mosque is getting more suspicious each day, and with him now speaking out against any investigation of the funding for the mosque it makes this story seem all the more pertinent and speaks volumes toward why the mosque's funding should indeed be investigated..
Posted by Richard at September 1, 2010 2:04 PM
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