Obama Endorsed Mosque Near Ground Zero

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Obama was catapulted into neck-deep controversy after having made his statements Friday.

At a dinner in the White House State Dining Room commemorating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Obama seemingly endorsed the construction of a mosque in ground zero. According to Obama, Muslims should be able to practice their religion like everyone else, and as America is “committed to religious freedom”, the building of the mosque should be permitted.

Apparently, Obama’s pronouncement hit a lot of nerves. More than 3,000 people lost their lives due to Islamic terrorists on 9/11, and building a mosque in the shadow of ground zero is sacrilege; the site is a hallowed memorial to those who suffered on 9/11, and these people demand that the government, and even the Muslim community, be sensitive and compassionate enough not to insult their memory.

During a trip in the Florida Panhandle on Saturday, Obama was forced to answer insistent questions on the mosque. Obama, with carefully chosen words, defended himself, claiming that he did not wish to actually promote the mosque, but the right to build it.

“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” Obama told reporters. “I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about.”

While the president desperately attempts to reframe his comments last Friday, debates over religious freedom and sensitivities to the 9/11 attack continue to rage across America.

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