It is being reported today that the Ground Zero Mosque developer, Sharif El-Gamal, has applied for a $5 million federal grant. The grant money El-Gamal applied for is part of a $20 billion pool of funds set aside in the wake of the September 11th attacks for the economic development of lower Manhattan. It is wrong to build this mosque and cultural center a few blocks away from the World Trade Center which is hallowed ground. Obviously, the proper thing to do is to build this mosque elsewhere. That would send a signal that the Muslim leaders involved are sympathetic to the families who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The Obama Administration and Congress should call on the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation to deny El-Gamal’s controversial grant application.