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Mosque a long shot to be built


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Mar 21, 2005
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New York, NY
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Slightly Conservative
Here are some things that were glossed over in this entire debate:

When President Barack Obama turned the battle over a planned New York Islamic center into a national debate over religious freedom, he unwittingly allied himself and his party with an ill-planned, long-shot development project described by one of its most prominent allies as “amateur hour.”

The efforts to launch the $100 million Cordoba House (now dubbed Park51) two blocks north of the World Trade Center site have been an uphill battle from the start, and not just because of controversy. And even as the “Ground Zero Mosque” emerges as a hotly debated national symbol, New York government officials and real estate insiders are privately questioning whether the project has much chance of coming to fruition.

The Cordoba Initiative hasn’t begun fundraising yet for its $100 million goal. The group’s latest fundraising report with the State Attorney General’s office, from 2008, shows exactly $18,255 – not enough even for a down payment on the half of the site the group has yet to purchase.

The group also lacks even the most basic real estate essentials: no blueprint, architect, lobbyist or engineer — and now operates amid crushing negative publicity. The developers didn't line up advance support for the project from other religious leaders in the city, who could have risen to their defense with the press.

Read more: Mosque a long shot to be built - Maggie Haberman and Ben Smith - POLITICO.com

I'll laugh if it turns out that this mosque was never going to happen in the first place.
That would be a funny dose of Irony. I would also add more to that figure because of all the security they will have to hire to prevent their building getting ransacked.
I won't, I'll be annoyed that the Media failed to hammer the FAIL the project was from the get go. And that goes at ALL sides of the debate.

"Mosque being build two blocks from ground zero" is a better headline than "developer floats possibility of building a mosque someday if he comes into a lot of money"
Well maybe this will get the annoying bitching to stop.
I have no faith in the source. Sounds like a last ditch CYA.
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