Over at The Weekly Standard, Stephen Schwartz has the video of Ground Zero mosque promoter and building owner Sharif El-Gamal being interviewed yesterday by CNN. In part, Schwartz had this to say about it:
“Nearly every statement El-Gamal made in this video can be rebutted.”
I’ll add two points to those of Stephen Schwartz.
From June 21 – 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,183 New York City registered voters over the proposal to build a Cordoba House “Muslim mosque and cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero” They were asked, “Do you support or oppose this proposal?” The Quinnipiac University Poll found New York City voters opposed the mosque there 52 – 31 percent.
Why should anyone now believe Mr. El-Gamal about the financing of the mosque and cultural center? He said yesterday, “We will do extreme due diligence … and, ah, we plan on being very transparent.” When El-Gamal was offered an opportunity to be “very transparent” about the Cordoba House * back on May 17, 2010, he hid behind his lawyers. In addition, a recent news report stated (paraphrasing here yet I will find the link) the group will establish a not-for-profit group that will protect its donors.
* Note — While it has been announced the proposed Cordoba House mosque and Islamic Cultural Center has changed its name to ’51 Park Place’, they have yet to figure out what to rename the 7-year old Cordoba Initiative.