NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The debate over the proposed mosque and community center at Ground Zero was heating up once more Tuesday. Those opposed to the project are furious after learning the developers of Park 51 have applied for grant money, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reports.

“I was shocked,” said 9/11 first responder Tim Brown. “I think it’s the middle finger to the families.”

Brown said the latest move by the developers was worse than a slap in the face. Developers sought $5 million in 9/11 development grant money.

The center will include a mosque, a gym and a daycare.

On their website, developers touted the need for grant money to help fund “desperately-needed programs like domestic violence support groups, Arabic lessons and immigration services.”

The buck will stop with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is in charge of the money. They’ve set aside $17 million for the cultural enhancement of the area around ground zero and, so far, they’ve received nearly 300 applications from a variety of nonprofits.

Those opposed said developers were flip-flopping on their hallmark issue.

“Imam Rauf and Sharif el Gamal said one day this is nowhere near ground zero.  The next day they’re applying for 9/11 grant funding,” Brown said.

Despite the vocal outcry from some survivors and family members, a significant number support the project.

“I’m an Episcopalian. It’s hypocritical of me to tell someone else they can’t practice their religion,” said Charles Wolf, whose wife was killed on 9/11.

A spokesperson for LMDC said they were evaluating all applicants and will award the grant money to those who best meet the area’s long-term needs.

Park 51 was expected to cost around $100 million to build.

Comments (22)
  1. magdi abdelmasih says:

    Not the true face of Islam you mean Islam has two faces?Have you ever heard of HOLY WARS in Bible?How is it that the Christian God is the same as Allah in Islam?Christian God never ordered his prophets to kill non Christians. But in Quran Allah ordered Mohamed to kill non Muslims.Look what is going all around the Islamic world how converts were killed.Read the Quran and you will find the killing verses.

    1. Ruth says:

      You should read Deuteronomy 17, Exodus 22:17, Deuteronomy 13.

  2. Jackie says:

    I’m and Episcopalian too and I think that the developers need to have enough respect to move their project. I think the fact that they refuse to move it says something. If it was really just about building a new religious building, then location shouldn’t matter. It’s really not a big deal to move a couple of blocks.

    1. nik says:

      this is nyc not the middle of the country. they cant jsut buy a lot and start building anywhere theyd like.

  3. the real america says:

    That’s not the true face of Islam. The real difference between Islam and Christianity is that Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, not the son of God. God in is Christianity is actually the same Allah in Islam and the same singular entity in Judaism. Islam is a much younger religion than Judaism and Christianity. When Christianity was in its younger years, holy wars were all the rage. That’s not to say that it’s the right thing, because it’s not. Regardless, Islam, like Christianity, will probably calm down eventually.

    Also, your argument about how people kill converts in Islamic countries is all the more reason that we, as Americans, should set an example and not take away rights based on religion.

  4. DanTe says:

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-Slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and than lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will post that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

  5. lyn says:


    1. jp says:

      What a awful thing to say! No woner why people hate us!

  6. sk says:

    why should they get federal grant money? other religious institutions don’t get money from the federal government. so we are being faced with pregidous, not them. The moslems already attacked this country and vows to continue, and we are fianacially helping them. Arabic? we don’t understand a word. great they can talk about killing us and they are using our money!

  7. jagdish says:

    I have pledged over $25,000 personally from my store. Many have. Our mosque will be built to honor our heros.

    1. Magdi Abdelmasih says:

      You call killers heroes? That is real Islam kill and then honor the killers.Wake up America before it is too late

  8. Maria P says:

    This entire thing makes me sick! We bend over backwards to make sure they are not “offended” and they they just spit in our faces. This Mosque can NOT be built, and if anyone thinks it is racist, SO BE IT !!!

    1. JoJo says:

      I say they are Racist and Bigoted. they only care about their wants and needs. i don’t hear of any Muslim organization helping others. Giving money to an organization that has dubious (terrorist) financial backing is an insult to all those who were lost and their families and citizens of the United States.

      The Muslim people bring about their own so-called misery. If this isn’t what a majority of religious Muslins believe, THEN OPEN UP AND RELATE THIS TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD. STAND UP AND DROWN OUT THE FANATICS. YOU HAVE THE MAJORITY WITH YOU. Show the world the true Islam.

  9. Stan says:

    Didn’t these MF’s originally say that they had funding from an undisclosed source???

  10. Guest says:

    Recap story: Mayor backs Mosque right to establish itself near Ground Zero despite large public outcry of disapproval; Mosque group applies to purchase property, and turns down Donald Trump offer, and now wants 9/11 grant funding to build it. Holy Toledo NYC ! What happened to you?

  11. C.J. says:

    Really? I did not think that muslims believed there is such a thing a domestic violence. I thought that was normal in their way of life. Why would they also need a daycare? Aren’t muslim women not allowed to work?

  12. John says:

    Maybe they should get the grant. If it wasn’t for them 9/11 would not have happened.

  13. Joannie says:

    Though this “mosque” is clearly a scam, they will get the money – afterall, “it is [for ]desperately-needed programs like domestic violence support groups, Arabic lessons and immigration services.”
    I believe it, I believe it.

    1. jg says:

      !!Are you really kinding me. You may believe it, however 85% of Americans DO NOT BELIEVE IT. This is just a scam to take money from us and then laugh behind doors and say YOU SEE, WE BLOW UP THEIR TOWERS, KILL THEIR PEOPLE, BUILD OUR CENTER OF HATE & RUB IT IN THEIR FACES TOO…

  14. Ronnie says:

    This story truly disgusts me. These devils have no morals and apparently no shame. If our government gives them our money to build this hellhole then every true citizen of the USA should revolt – overthrow this government and replace it with true Americans that care about the direction this country is headed and deport all this filth that is invading our country.

  15. Devenio says:

    I wish you Un-American, anti-constitutional folk will STFU! You hear me Tim Brown?

    1. magdi abdelmasih says:

      anti-constitutional Tim Brown?What do you know about constitution? Freedom of religion is against Islamic Laws. What happens to a Muslim that converts to another religion He will be KILLED Do not try to hide the true face of Islam VIOLENCE.

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