Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the head of the project to construct a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero, has a new fundraiser: Michael Moore. The anti-American filmmaker has rallied his acolytes to support Park51, as the project is called, and has already raised over $50,000 for it. Given Moore's history, his decision to support an imam with suspicious ties and beliefs is not surprising.
"I am opposed to the building of the 'mosque' two blocks from Ground Zero. I want it built on Ground Zero," Moore wrote on his website, arguing that it would showcase America's freedoms and help Muslims take Islam back from the extremists. He also demeaned those who oppose Park51, also called the Cordoba Initiative, saying, "fascists are extremely skilled at whipping up fear and hate and getting the working class to blame 'the other' for their troubles."
Moore is a natural ally of Rauf. It has recently come to light that one of Rauf's partners is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. Although Moore has not stated publicly that the attack was an "inside job," he does insinuate that the U.S. is purposely letting Osama bin Laden roam free. "I think our government knows where he is and I don't think we're going to be capturing him or killing him any time soon," said Moore in 2003.