U.S. to send imam in ground zero debate to Middle East - CNN.com
(CNN) -- Some lawmakers have urged the State Department to rethink plans to sponsor the imam behind a controversial mosque on a trip to the Middle East.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is at the center of efforts to build a mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York. He is going to the Middle East on a trip funded by the State Department.
Crowley said the imam's trip would take him to Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. His previous trips under the government program were in 2007 to Bahrain, the UAE, Qatar and Morocco, and earlier this year to Egypt.
The trip is one of about 1,200 similar programs of sending experts overseas, Crowley said.
What a waste...what's our message "Do as we say, not as we do" What can one man do, to repair the image people read in the newspaper, on the net or the old fashion way via your television. Anti-Obama pics,racist posters, Arizona, and now a challenge to our constitution.