He's not the first to claim it "will be built", and he won't be the last, but somehow, the fact that the kooks like Imam Rauf (who support Hamas) are no longer as vocal about the future of Park 51 puts a lot of doubt on it for me.
The $4.8 million that he's helping stake to buy the property leaves, oh, about $200 million more that they'll need to raise to bring the project to completion. Sort of a big gap there between affording to buy the land and being able to afford to build the proposed project. And you can be sure there's going to be some SERIOUS scrutiny to follow the money trail with this one, should it ever come to be.
Even if the funding does come through, I can't see this actually coming to be for many years down the line. It'll be tied up in so many ways via protests, scrutiny of record of where the money comes from, etc. that there's no way it's just going to happen easily.
I disagree. No, matter how many doubts you (as well as anyone) give me about this project ever coming to fruition, I'll always support the Park51 mosque, as well any other religious center (be it mosque, church, synagogue, temple or any other holy place) no matter what.
These zionist inbred xenophobes need to stop fucking their siblings and realize that muslims have the right to worship in any place that they want, the same way they do. And no by building the Park 51 mosque no one is encouraging or giving into terrorist threats. You saw what happened to the Revolution Islam website after they made threats to the creators of South Park, it got shut down. And you saw what happened after the car bomb was discovered in Times square, He's in jail. Finally the whole world most recently saw what happened after almost 10 years. Osama Bin Laden has been brought to justice! And any form of terrorism will be brought to justice, whether it is religious extremists or those "Anonymous" punks. I don't agree with the way Scientology does things, but sending them bomb threats and hacking their sites is terrorism enough.
Sure people have the right to protest the Park51, but (and this is just my opinion) it's really a waste of time to do that. The first amendment is more than just "freedom of speech," it also means "freedom of religious practice."
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So what these protestors and the people who are building the Park51 are both fighting for their first amendment rights. So you can't fight what's going to be inevitable it's sheer foolishness, and ethnocentrism.