Obama Is Fighting Islamic Extremism By Building Mosques

For some reason I see a bunch of folks republishing a WSB-TV report from November 2011 today, The gist of the piece is that your tax dollars are being spent by President Obama and his State Department rebuilding mosques around the world.

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 United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries has upset many taxpayer groups.

The Channel 2 Action News investigation found a 1,300-year-old Egyptian mosque that was almost flooded by contaminated sewer water that is one of many ancient Cairo mosques and churches that were saved from destruction by the U.S. taxpayers.

This is part of a $770 million program to rebuild Cairo’s sewer system, paid for by the U.S. State Department’s USAID program.
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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

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So maybe you knew this was happening; maybe you didn’t. I think we can all agree that it’s not particularly surprising. What is interesting is that someone at Hillary Clinton’s State Department actually detailed part of the Obama administration’s Middle East policy. It’s buried deeper in the article…

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.

Well that’s a strategy that’s pretty well crashed and burned over the last five days, wouldn’t you say?

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  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    Hell, the U.S. military has built and rebuilt more mosques in Iraq and Afghanistan than there are in Istanbul. Can you say CERP?

    Maybe the USA should stop trying to alternately control, kill, and suck up to people in that part of the world. Just buy what we want from them, and vice-versa.

    If Romney pledged to withdraw from Afghanistan and the rest of the region as quickly as possible consistent with the safety of troops, as Clint Eastwood suggested, he’d win in a landslide.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Murphy/100001624276605 Ryan Murphy

      And to win Chico’s vote, yah gotta remember he would also need to throw Israel under the bus and make sure to punish them …

      • retired.military

        And change his name to Obama.

  • ackwired

    Actually, the moderate Muslims have been expressing support for the US. In spite of what the radical anti-Muslims would have you believe, it is the radicals and the thugs who are rioting in the streets. But none of that excuses our wasting tax money restoring religous buildings.

    • LiberalNightmare

      I’m a little tired of hearing about the mythical moderate muslim everytime a moderate christian gets killed.

      • jim_m

        Not true. The moderate muslim is simply the muslim that funnels money to jihadist causes but does not take part in them personally. It is the muslim that approves of or is silent about jihad but does not take part.

      • ackwired

        Well, suck it up. The truth can be titing, and sometimes even threatening. But you can handle it.

    • deltamary

      Ackwired–No such thing as a Moderate Muslim. They read and believe the Koran, don’t they? It is time that that veil to come off your eyes.

      • ackwired

        You are being led astray by the radical anti-Muslims. Don’t believe their atereotypes. There are moderate Muslims just as there are moderate Christians, and there are mystic Muslims (sufis) who have contributed much to the literature and art of mysticism. The idea that the goofy radicals represent all of the Muslim world is born of ignorance.

        • jim_m

          Ackwired, if there really were moderate muslims where are they? Why have we never seen an emerging moderate movement that deplores violence in the name of their religion? The MSM would trumpet that news not hide it from us.

          The fact is we do not see moderate muslims because they pretty much don’t exist. If they existed in the numbers the left has claimed then when Hussain was deposed and the Taliban scattered we would have seen a preference cascade as they realized that they were not alone. But we never saw that. Instead we saw that they devolved into splintered violent factions where they sublimated their urge to murder us by murdering each other.

          • ackwired

            I see moderate Muslims all of the time. They are beautiful, tolerant people. I think you only have to be open to the possibility.

        • deltamary

          Ackwired: I am not being led astray-Do you know the history of the Muslim religion? Starts with Ishmel- whose mother was Egyptian. The Erev Rav goes back to the Exodus.There are no moderate Christians either. Either you are for or against- no in between. I know some of the history or Iran and Iraq and know of the contributions to the world. Only the G-D of Abraham. Isaac and Jacob is the most high G-D– maker of heaven and earth.There is a reason you write the name of G-D this way also. I am not a goofy radical either. Nuf said

          • ackwired

            Yes, history can give you some insight. But there are still individuals who deserve more respect than to be pre-judged based on race or religion.

          • deltamary

            Ackwired: I do not judge anyone based on race or religion. In my 75 years on this earth, I was taught one earns respect. Morals and integrity-tops on my list. I give respect where respect is due,

  • LiberalNightmare

    I eagerly await the day when the US govt can openly spend tax dollars to rebuild a catholic church or jewish synagogue.

    • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

      We can, but only if we bomb them first.

      • jim_m

        Really how many mosques have we bombed in the US? Public funds are being used to help build them here today. For example the land that the Islamic Center in Boston was built upon was sold to the Islamic Society for far under its real value. In doing so the government funded the development.

        Keep on apologizing for failed left wing policies Chico, Your pose of being a libertarian is only a pose. You are becoming increasingly strident with your lefty apologetics.

      • LiberalNightmare

        How many mosques have been bombed by the US?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerian.alverman Kerian Alverman

    Mr Obama is a wise man. There is no radical islam. Islam is only as radical as it’s opponents get. The sectarian anti-muslem speaks out, Islam reacts. It has always been there tactic – by the Quran.

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