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Mosque update - taxpayers sending the imam to go get the cash

The NY Post continues to break the latest news. Now we taxpayers are footing the bill for him to travel to the Middle East. How convenient!

The imam behind a plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero is set to depart on a multi-country jaunt to the Middle East funded by the State Department — raising concerns that taxpayers may be helping him with the controversial project’s $100 million fund-raising goal.

Feisal Abdul Rauf is taking the publicly funded trip to foster “greater understanding” about Islam and Muslim communities in the United States, the State Department confirmed yesterday.

The visit is supposed to include stops in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar. But of course the State Dept says he won’t be doing any fund-raising for the mosque on the trip. How these people keep straight faces is beyond me.