Skip to comments.Obama backs controversial New York mosque project
Posted on 08/13/2010 6:45:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) President Barack Obama on Friday backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York -- a project opposed by U.S. conservatives and many New Yorkers.
"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community.
"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said, weighing in for the first time ..
Earlier this month a New York city agency cleared the way for construction of the community center, which will include a prayer room, two blocks from the site of the September 11 attacks, popularly known as "Ground Zero."
"This is America and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable," said Obama, who has made improving ties between the United States and the Muslim world a cornerstone of his foreign policy.
Obama was speaking during an Iftar dinner he hosted at the White House. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
About 2,750 people were killed in the September 11 attacks, when al Qaeda hijackers crashed two passenger planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The attacks deeply traumatized Americans and sparked the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the Bush administration's "war on terror."
Many families of those killed in the attacks have mounted an emotional campaign to block the community center, calling it provocative and a betrayal of the memory of the victims.
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He is either blind, naive or sympathetic to the 'cause'.
The 'religious' part and view of a great many not present is to kill the infidels and impose Sharia law.
I’ve got a feeling Barry was wearing a little smirk on the morning of 09-11-01. A lot of DemocRATS were.
whose side is he on
I don’t think this is going to go down all that well with the non Mushlums.
It’s an *In Your Face* act of provocation. I guess he thinks people who hear this never vote. Remember in November.
As Gomer Pyle used to say “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”
This POS BO is without doubt the biggest hater of this country and what it stands for that has ever been.
To paraphrase Bill Clinton (I know it makes me a little ill too) “I loathe the regime”.
Well. I’m shocked. shocked I say. just shocked.
What a shock! Of course Barry sides with the Muslims and against America. He is a Muslim!
If islam is a religion, I am the king of England.
I’m really glad President Obama favors having Muslims practice their faith. Hopefully, he will be supportive if some of them decide to apply the teachings of that faith to Judge Walker out in California. I frankly believe that some public stonings would do this country a world of good.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Iftar dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington August 13, 2010. The Iftar dinner celebrates the evening breaking of fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Jason Reed
How can Jews support this guy?
Well THAT'S "unexpected".....
Shameful, simply shameful.
Hussein Soetoro Dunham is muslim yo..
I think *In Your Face* or a *Finger In The Chest* is about right. I think he knows he is toast and will force his agenda and views without regard to anyone or his supporters.
well of course he’s going to back these terrorists. this is all part of being the Manchurian Candidate but he is not blind,not naive but sympathetic to the implemenation of sharia law in the USA. i’m so spittin’ mad..........
if that does not sign Obama’s political death warrant among voters, nothing will.
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