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Posted on Aug 28, 2010
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A rendering of the proposed Park 51 Islamic Community Center project, aka the “Ground Zero mosque.”

In news sure to stir the ire of opponents of the ”Ground Zero mosque,” a spokesman for New York City Comptroller John Liu has said that the proposed Muslim community center might qualify for tax-free financing, in effect a public subsidy.

Reuters:

The Democratic comptroller’s spokesman, Scott Sieber, said Liu supported the project. The center has sparked an intense debate over U.S. religious freedoms and the sanctity of the Trade Center site, where nearly 3,000 perished in the September 11, 2001 attack.

“If it turns out to be financially feasible and if they can demonstrate an ability to pay off the bonds and comply with the laws concerning tax-exempt financing, we’d certainly consider it,” Sieber told Reuters.

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By call me roy, August 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

Ground Zero Imam a Taxpayer-Subsidized Slumlord
by Connie Hair 08/30/2010

The elitist, media-generated grand illusion of the Ground Zero mosque imam has begun to collapse under scrutiny.
New reports from The Record out of Hackensack, N.J., reveal Feisal Abdul Rauf, the would-be Ground Zero imam, owns taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings in Hudson County where the tenants have made municipal health complaints including rat, roach and bedbug infestations, seeping toilets, leaks, urine-soaked hallways, no heat and no hot water.
Despite millions of dollars in government subsidies, Rauf has trouble maintaining several small apartment buildings in North Bergen, Palisades Park and Union City.
Despite having received over $2 million in public funding for renovations, Rauf’s tenants were forced to file municipal health complaints to seek relief. One such single mother living in a Rauf-owned apartment in Union City said Rauf has not answered complaints.
According to the new reports, Rauf has a long history of taxpayer subsidies and grants for slum properties. There’s even a new revelation of a lawsuit settled in June over what the report terms a suit alleging fraud.
The New York Post reported the site’s developers owe hundreds of thousands in back taxes: The mosque developers are tax deadbeats.
Sharif El-Gamal, the leading organizer behind the mosque and community center near Ground Zero, owes $224,270.77 in back property tax on the site, city records show.
El-Gamal’s company, 45 Park Place Partners, failed to pay its half-yearly bills in January and July, according to the city Finance Department.
Sounds like a good time to raise $100 million for a mosque.
Say, is’nt one of Barry Hussein’s “Advisors” Vallerie Jarrett a former slumlord in Chicago? How sweet? Maybe they could have lunch?

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By Sodium-Na, August 29, 2010 at 10:44 am Link to this comment

To: PatrickHenry and Mehere,

I could not agree more with both of you.

As far as I am concerned,all religious organizations,across the board,should be subject to taxations.

Thank you both for making the above point clear.

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By MeHere, August 29, 2010 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

The non-profit status for religious organizations is obscene in most instances.
They don’t just own buildings but lots of land. And the non-profit rules are more
advantageous for them than for other, non religious non-profits. In addition, the
government agency that is supposed to monitor all this is not doing its job.  The
NY Times did an extensive, 4-part series on the subject a while ago. Very
revealing.

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By PatrickHenry, August 29, 2010 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

Thank you Sodium-Na.

All churches, non-profits, lobbys, foundations espouse a point of view not necessarily my own, why should my tax dollars subsidize the public services they use.

Many of those who sit on the boards of these non profits, vestries, foundations and churches make six figure salaries and have extensive perks.

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By rico, suave, August 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

Queenie:

Yeah. I see that. That’s pretty good. Yuk!

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By Queenie, August 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment

Who designed this building? Looks like an out of work mattress salesman’s wet dream. Ugly.

But if it pisses the protesters off, who cares?

Ya gotta love it!

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By Sodium-Na, August 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment

For rico suave,

No,rico,PatrickHenry is not an Anti-Muslim. He is just pro-U.S.Treasury. And I see nothing wrong in that,if he agrees that all other Christian churches and Jewish Synagogues and their derivatives are taxed in the same manner.

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By PatrickHenry, August 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Yeah.

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By rico, suave, August 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment

PatHenry:

You’re an anti-Muslim bigot. Yessiree you are.

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By PatrickHenry, August 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment

Now I’m against this Mosque.

Anyone who can afford to build this place can afford to pay the infrastructure to maintain it.

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By rico, suave, August 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

So what. Big businesses get tax breaks all the time, especially from places like New York, who need to mitigate the ridiculous tax burdens they would ordinarily face. Besides, if Rauf does it right, he’ll be able to claim a church exemption from property taxes.

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