From “The Lid blog by Jeff Dunetz”-Was the Ground Zero Mosque a Fraud from the Start?

By Barry Rubin

I’ve pointed out months ago my view of the “Ground Zero” mosque controversy that I thought it was more of a con job than an Islamist offensive. The developer and the imam seemed to be shady people who were trying to promote their careers and seemed to believe they were going to collect a lot of Saudi money.

I also predicted that the mosque/community center tower would never be built. Now, one of the project’s backers has launched a law suit full of detailed allegations, including a claim that the imam spent $3 million of the money raised on a good time for himself. I don’t know if these claims are true but presumably a lot more will come out in the law suit about the story behind this controversial project…

Read the whole article here from Barry Rubin

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest book, Israel: An Introduction, has just been published by Yale University Press. Other recent books include The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). The website of the GLORIA Center and of his blog, Rubin Reports. His original articles are published at PJMedia.

This is a great companion article to Ryan Mauro’s article found here

Interfaith Alliance Ruse

Mon, February 4, 2013


Ryan Mauro

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group with Muslim Brotherhood origins, is again using its interfaith allies to accuse its opponents of being part of an anti-Muslim conspiracy.

On January 15, the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington D.C. hosted an event about the “Islamophobia Network” that was sponsored by ISNA.

The speakers included Rev. Dennis Wiley, co-pastor of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ; ISNA president Mohamed Magid; Rachel Laser of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Rabia Chaudry, president of the Safe Nation Collaborative. Sponsors included the Jewish Community Relations Council, Sojourners and Rabbis for Human Rights—North America.

Laser focused on the report, “Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network” that dismisses concern about the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood as anti-Muslim propaganda…

…The Muslim Brotherhood, from which ISNA came, is dedicated to Israel’s elimination. Another endorser is Imam Rauf of Ground Zero Mosque fame. Though he came out swinging against the Brotherhood’s power grab in Egypt, he spoke in favor of a “one-state solution” in 2005 and has predicted Israel’s ultimate demise.

Another endorser is the leader of the Islamic Circle of North America, a group whose origins lie with the Pakistani Islamist group, Jamaat-e-Islami. ICNA has an interfaith campaign of its own. Like ISNA, ICNA is listed in the 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo as one of its affiliates.

The Islamic Center of America’s Interfaith Office for Outreach also endorsed the Middle East peace message. The mosque is led by Imam Hassan Qazwini, who has hosted Louis Farrakhan and held a memorial for Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, considered a spiritual leader of Hezbollah, when he died in 2010. Fadlallah supported suicide bombings and the elimination of Israel and questioned the Holocaust. Qazwini has boasted that Fadlallah “considered me his son” and the two met whenever he traveled to Lebanon.

For groups like ISNA, interfaith engagement is about more than healthy relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is political coalition-building designed to undermine support for Israel and legitimize the Brotherhood-originated groups while delegitimizing their opposition.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Ryan Mauro is’s National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.


About KellyAnn Hicks-Digby

My hubster & I have been married for almost 35 yrs (seems like yesterday). We are empty-nesters with 2 handsome sons & 2 beautiful daughters-in-law. We also have a large adopted family that are very special to us! I am a not-so-perfect Christian-in-the-making, a wife, a mother, professional Chef, writer & paralegal. I went to college at 50 and graduated with my Bachelors degree 4 years later. We moved to S.C. 7 years ago and love our new home and the Southern culture and our friends and family. I love chocolate, cheesecake and putting a smile on folks & family's faces by creating special meals and sweet treats for them. My passion is to find the best darn chocolate and eat it all! Life cannot & should not exist without great chocolate! Life is short eat dessert first! Till next time ya'll!
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