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.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
So, Obama is doing what he always does, going against the will of the vast majority of the American people.
“to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community”
No cultural sensitivity among Muslims for their own collective sin.
Bush's war on terror? No, that was AMERICA'S war against Islamo-facists who want to conquer the entire globe. Islam is a death cult that needs to be eradicated from the face of the Earth.
This moron is making a mockery of this nation and the people that have fought and died defending it.
He should be tried for treason..
I would not be a bit surprised to find out that Obuma is behind the whole idea of putting a mosque there. Obuma is supporting the Imam in his travels overseas and the state department is building mosques in the middle east. I would how many Christian churches we have built.
For some time now I truly believe that Obuma is the Manchurian candidate. He is here to destroy us at all cost and so many of us are buying into it. God help us.
i’d like to put my iftar foot up somebody’s iftar dinner and i’m phrasing this lightly
Of course, he’s fine with it. He’d be happy to see the whole city leveled by his buddies to build all the mosques they want and bring more muslims to the country to occupy them. He’s a jerk, born a jerk and he’ll always be a jerk!
Meanwhile Israel will have to destroy the Iranian nuke plant in the next few days. Hang onto your hat.
I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.
He had to give a speech at a dinner??? Does the man never quit admiring himself? Will we ever stop asking - what makes this man tick????
Did any of us have the slightest doubt as to which side Hussein would support in this controversy?
Obama is the slimiest piece of steaming excrement to ever spew from the left of this great country, and he is a TRAITOR!!
2000 Dead Americans - for the love of god man give your head a shake!
THIS is hallowed ground!
BO be Damned.
“He is either blind, naive or sympathetic to the ‘cause’. “
Oh, he is more than just “sympathetic to the cause.”
Of course he should be tried for treason, But I’am torn between hanging him for treason, or making him spend the rest of his life living in a mud hut in Kenya. That might be real justice.
If this doesn't open your eyes, nothing will.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.