President Obama finally spoke up on this issue.
The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. The pain and suffering experienced by those who lost loved ones is unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.
But 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. 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. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.
How refreshing that he should stand up for the U.S. Constitution so strongly.
As to those who continue bleating about this because Muslims attacked us and trying to make it sound like all Muslims want to destroy us, those attackers are no more representative of all Muslims than the Reverend Fred Phelps is of all Christians.
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