Yet this is exactly what the planners of the Park 51 Muslim Community Center (Originally called Cordoba House) are proposing.
From the Park 51 Website:
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation grant which would in part fund social service programs for all the residents of Lower Manhattan such as domestic violence prevention, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services.This is wrong. Park 51 is asking the US government to pay for their building. It would be equally wrong for any religious group of any faith to ask the US government for funds to build their House of Worship, even if they call it a community center. Park 51 is still a Mosque, masquerading as a community center and must be denied taxpayer funds due to establishment clause issues.
It is important to note that that this community center will provide hundreds of construction jobs over the next few years and when opened will provide 150 permanent jobs. In addition, this community center, which will include a gym, a pool, a day care center, a pre-K, a culinary institute, tech classes, an amphitheater, and a 9/11 Memorial, is desperately needed in Lower Manhattan. This is why community leaders and the residents who live there universally support this project.
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.No taxpayer funds should ever go to the building of a House of Worship for any faith. It is the right thing to do in order to protect the religious freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment.