In addition to the billions of dollars the Obama administration has set aside for various Islamic initiatives, the Associated Press notes that at least $6 million more of your tax dollars are being spent to restore mosques and minarets in the Muslim world this year:
WASHINGTON — The good will tour of the Middle East by the imam behind the proposed mosque near ground zero is just part of the U.S. government’s efforts to reach out to the Muslim world.
This year, the Obama administration will spend nearly $6 million to restore 63 historic and cultural sites, including mosques and minarets, in 55 nations, according to State Department documents.
Under a program established by Congress in 2001, the department will fund at least five projects in as many countries at a cost of more than $271,000.
The contributions include $76,135 for the 16th century Grand Mosque in Tongxin, China, and $67,500 for the 18th century Golden Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. An additional $62,169 will be spent on restoring a 19th century minaret in Mauritania’s ancient city of Tichitt; $50,437 for the Sundarwala Burj, a 16th century Islamic Monument in New Delhi, and $15,450 to restore the 18th century Gobarau Minaret in Katsina, Nigeria.
From the AP link, we have this gem:
“The fund has demonstrated America’s respect for the world’s cultural heritage,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said last month in announcing the 2010 projects. “Cultural heritage serves as a reminder of historical experiences and achievements of humanity. Ancient structures and objects offer important lessons for us today.”
Will anyone ask this administration as to WHY?
Will anyone ask this administration how many “cultural heritage” restorations of temples, synagogues, Catholic cathedrals and/or churches of the Protestant religion, have been restored?
Will anyone ask since this “program established by Congress in 2001″, if ANY of the above “cultural heritage” projects would be allowed funding, IN the U.S., or is this forbidden by “separation of church and state”?
Will anyone ask this administration if it IS forbidden in the U.S., why are WE doing historic and cultural site restoration, period? Hillary Clinton’s words are bullshit IMHO.