That Annoying NY Mosque Problem

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Pink Flamingo friend and confidant Sally Vee forwarded a very interesting commentary on the planned Cordoba Mosque.  Please take a few minutes and watch it.  It is chilling, but basically is nothing most of us have not already known.

You may have noticed The Pink Flamingo has said almost nothing about the proposed mosque.  What could I possibly say other than I think who ever is planning the thing is arrogant and abjectly thoughtless (at the very least).

Sally’s forward reached me just about the same time I hit the Frum Forum and found an amazing little tidbit of information:

David Frum thinks it is a publicity stunt as a way to sell some pricy real estate.

Frum quotes from a NY Post story:

“…The building at 45-45 Park Place [the Burlington Coat factory building] had been on the market for years with a sale price that at one point was $18 million. It was owned by Stephen Pomerantz, who died in 2006. His widow, Kukiko Mitani, said she was in debt and desperate to unload the property even at a bargain price of $4.8 million to El- Gamal. She said she thought El-Gamal wanted to build condos, not a mosque — but he should build whatever he wants….”

He then went on to write the following:

“…And you know what? I bet el-Gamal did want to build condos! Then he figured out that he could never hope to sell them. So el-Gamal hooked up with Feisal Rauf to find financing to build something else: mosque, synagogue, multiplex cinema, driving range, whatever.

But here’s the problem. The more I read about Feisal Rauf, the more I see a very dangerous kind of man … no, not the Islamic extremist kind of dangerous … but rather the kind of guy who can convincingly say, “$100 million? That’s nothing! I have a cousin in Abu Dhabi who could write a check for $100 million himself! Don’t worry about anything, leave it to me, I’ll get the money, that’s the easy part. You get the zoning rights, we’ll buy you out, all cash, easiest money you ever made.” The streets of New York are littered with the carcasses of dead developers who met and believed the Feisal Raufs of this world ….

$100 million is not so easily raised, not even in Abu Dhabi, not in the middle of a global commercial property slump, not with the Manhattan real estate market in a shambles. Believe it or not, rich people in the Persian Gulf are not yearning to plunge into a U.S. political controversy.

So here’s my guess about the future. The money will not be found. The mosque will not be built. I have no idea whether the el-Gamals were praying men before they met Feisal Rauf. But I bet they are praying very hard right now……”

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