SEARCH BLOG: ISLAM
"Church"... maybe, mosques... not so much. From the National Review Online:
Americans also may be surprised to learn that the United States has been an active participant in mosque construction projects overseas. In April, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt helped cut the ribbon at the 12th-century Kizimkazi Mosque, which was refurbished with assistance from the United States under a program to preserve culturally significant buildings. The U.S. government also helped save the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque in Cairo, which dates back to 642. The mosque’s namesake was the Muslim conqueror of Christian Egypt, who built the structure on the site where he had pitched his tent before doing battle with the country’s Byzantine rulers. For those who think the Ground Zero Mosque is an example of “Muslim triumphalism” glorifying conquest, the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque is an example of such a monument – and one paid for with U.S. taxpayer funds.Don't you find it just a bit odd that the oil-rich Saudis aren't spearheading these efforts? Doesn't the U.S. government have enough monetary issues within our borders to address? And does someone really imagine that spending all of that money in those Muslim countries will buy us friends... or that anyone will even notice?
Money down a sink hole....