The developers behind Park51, often referred to as the Ground Zero mosque and Islamic center, are applying for the $5 million Lower Manhattan Development Grant meant to rebuild the part of New York City devastated on 9/11. Should they succeed, some of their programs will be subsidized by American taxpayers against their will.
Park51 has confirmed their application, saying that although the money cannot go directly to religious services, the grant will fund "domestic violence prevention, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services." In other words, the taxpayers will pay for Park51's outreach to the community.
"All I know is that we asked for assistance from the LMDC to give our dead decent and proper burials and were rejected," said Dianne Horning of WTC Families for a Proper Burial.