Friday, August 13, 2010

Wash Po-President Defends Ground Zero Mosque at Ramadan Dinner

President Barack Obama
(Story reported by Michael D. Shear and Scott Wilson for the Washington Post)

President Obama on Friday forcefully joined the national debate over construction of an Islamic complex near New York's Ground Zero, telling guests at a White House dinner marking the holy month of Ramadan that opposing the project is at odds with American values.

"Let me be clear: 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, according to prepared remarks, at a White House iftar, the traditional breaking of the daily Ramadan fast.

"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 continued. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable."

(click here to read the full story on the Washington Post website)


Sunflower Pipes said...

What is so insensitive about being Muslim? The American Muslims building this mosque believe in religious tolerance. There is not anything insensitive about that. Many American Muslims died in those buildings when they went down and many American Muslims have fought the 2 wars that have followed.

Bmc said...

@Sunflower Pipes: I agree and thank you for you comment. I appreciate it.