A shred of decency on one side and on the other ~ it is that the prince could be looking out for Islam's image ~ which is what he spends most of his money on in the west. Funding Islamic programs in universities and education, controversially, so that we can see Islam the way they want us to see it. So when the media call on the universities ~ they get served his Islam.
The Muslims Peace Coalition guy down below is said, that the prince should remove his money from America and let American Muslims take care of their own business ~ but this highlights the confused relationship ~ that western Muslims have with Saudi Arabia. On the one side it is ~ that in Saudi Arabia they practise an extremist or fundamentalist form of Islam ~ and that this is not their Islam ~ on the other side ~ if they want to build a showcase mosque or if they want funding for something ~ Saudi Arabia is one of the first places they go. So it is kind of biting the hand that feeds them.
... On a recent development, however, Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, a figure who has reportedly contributed to some of Imam Rauf’s other projects while simultaneously owning shares in Fox News’ parent company, News Corporation, has suggested that the Islamic center be moved from its proposed location.
In an interview with an Arabic magazine, the Prince said, Those people behind the mosque have to respect, have to appreciate and have to defer to the people of New York. The wound is still there. Just because the wound is healing you can't say, 'Let's just go back to where we were pre-9/11.'
Just shortly before Huffington’s event, Imam Rauf rejected the advice of Prince al-Waleed, saying, “While we respect the points of view of other interested observers, we plan to build the community center in this location because we have been part of Lower Manhattan for decades and we want to better serve the needs of our neighbors of all faith traditions.”
Further cheeky response:
Co-Chair of the Muslim Peace Coalition and supporter of the Park 51 project, Shaikh Ubaid added, “If Prince al-Waleed cares about Muslims in America, then he should take his money out of News Corp. Muslims in America can take care of their own affairs.