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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nancy Pelosi: Investigate Funding of Ground Zero Mosque Opponents

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Nancy Pelosi says: Show me the money!
  • Nancy Pelosi says: Show me the money!
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi yesterday didn't quite manage to sidestep igniting a firestorm with Right Wing media types over the contentious plans to erect a mosque and Islamic Center not far from Ground Zero in Manhattan.

Her vanilla answer about whether the mosque should be built (let New Yorkers decide on "a New York zoning issue") was overshadowed when she told KCBS she supports a probe into where the funding is coming from to make this into a nationwide campaign issue.

Pelosi sounded a bit testy at yesterday's gala handing over Treasure Island from the Navy to the city of San Francisco -- and implied that questions about the mosque instead of Treasure Island were the result of a well-funded effort to spin the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" into a wedge issue.

"There is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this into a political issue by some, and I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition for a mosque is being funded," she said. "How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we've been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community ... and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City."




SF Weekly
placed a call to Pelosi's office, querying who, exactly, the speaker believes should be tasked with leading this investigation -- and where that body should focus its efforts. An answer is, potentially, forthcoming.

Update, 9:35 a.m.: Pelosi's press secretary, Drew Hammill, emphasized to SF Weekly that Pelosi didn't use the terms "probe" or "investigation," but "looking into." He also sent us this statement:

"The

freedom of religion is a Constitutional right. Where a place of worship

is located is a local decision.



I

support the statement

made by the Interfaith Alliance that 'We agree with the

ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to

build this Islamic center. At the same time, we should also ask who is

funding the attacks against the construction of the center.'

For

all of those expressing concern about the 9/11 families, we call upon them to

join us in support of the James Zadroga 9/11

Health and Compensation Act when Congress returns in September."


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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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