Just when it seemed like the inanity over Park51, the Muslim community center that was labeled by the right wing as the “Ground Zero Mosque,” was long forgotten, the controversy appears to have once more raised its ugly head.
Via Talking Points Memo:
The Daily Beast reported yesterday that Park51 had applied for $5 million worth of grants. The organization, in a statement, acknowledged applying for a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Park51 says it would use the money both for its construction and services it plans to offer, including domestic violence prevention and foreign language classes.
The news has the potential to re-ignite the furor over the planned community center, which by all accounts has largely died down. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has jumped onto the news, calling it “Outrageous to even consider federal funds go to building a mosque at Ground Zero.” Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the likely chair of the next Homeland Security Committee and not exactly a champion of the Muslim community, told Fox News it’s an “affront to the memory of all those who were murdered on 9/11. It’s taking, in effect, money that was appropriated after the World Trade Center attacks, taking that money, taxpayer money, hard-earned taxpayer money to use it to help to build this 13-story edifice.”
Never let it be said that Reps. King and Bachmann let a chance to be xenophobic fear-mongers go unnoticed. No wonder King was one of the few Representatives outside Minnesota to support Bachmann for leadership.