A Channel 2 Action News investigation discovered that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas.
Many taxpayer groups are upset since the reveal of the United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries overseas comes after the government commissions suggested huge cuts to the budget, which includes eliminating the interest education for home mortgage.
“We are spending money we don’t have. This is all on a gigantic credit card right now,” said Jared Thomas, a taxpayer advocate.
Millions more have been sent to places like Cyprus. The State Department displays before and after pictures of mosques that were refurbished with U.S. tax dollars.
“I think it is very hard to explain to the American taxpayer right now whose having an extraordinary time paying bills and making ends meet that this is why we took this out of your paycheck, so we can fund this,” said Thomas.
Channel 2 Action News requested an interview with the State Department, but they declined. The State Department did send Channel 2 Action News an e-mail saying that they are fighting Islamic extremism by building relationships with Islamic leaders.
Egyptian-American human rights activist Nonie Darwish told Channel 2 Action News anchor Justin Farmer that trying to buy respect in the Middle East only shows weakness.
“This part of the world has a lot of respect for power and America is not showing its power, it’s showing its appeasement. They are laughing all the way to the bank,” said Darkish.
“We are rebuilding mosques to support the radicals, not to support the moderates. We are building mosques to issue fatwas of death against people like me,” said Darkish.