Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pastor Schools NBC News Host Over Ground Zero Mosque

Pauline Jelinek and Julie Pace - Associated Press Writers - 8/15/2010 6:45:00 AMBookmark and Share
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - President Barack Obama is under fire for his endorsement of a proposed mosque near the site of the 9-11 Islamic terrorist attack in New York City.

Speaking to a gathering at the White House Friday evening to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Obama said that he believes "Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone 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," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."

Asked Saturday about the issue during his trip to Florida, Obama tried to reframe his Friday remarks saying "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding."

Obama said that "my intention was simply to let people know what I thought. Which was that in this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion.

The White House quickly followed up on Obama's latest comments on the matter, with Obama spokesman Bill Burton saying that the president wasn't backing off in any way from the remarks he made Friday.

"What he said last night, and reaffirmed today, is that if a church, a synagogue or a Hindu temple can be built on a site, you simply cannot deny that right to those who want to build a mosque," Burton said.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was among those who met with Obama on Saturday, lauded the president's position. Crist is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent.

"I think he's right - I mean you know we're a country that in my view stands for freedom of religion and respect for others," Crist said after the Florida meeting with Obama and other officials. "I know there are sensitivities and I understand them. This is a place where you're supposed to be able to practice your religion without the government telling you you can't."

Others were quick to pounce on Obama's statements.

In a statement Saturday, House Minority Leader John Boehner said the decision to build the mosque wasn't an issue of religious freedom, but a matter of respect.

"The fact that someone has the right to do something doesn't necessarily make it the right thing to do," Boehner said. "That is the essence of tolerance, peace and understanding."

Added Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.: "President Obama is wrong. It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero."

Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene of Florida took Obama's Friday speech to mean the president supports the construction.

"President Obama has this all wrong and I strongly oppose his support for building a mosque near ground zero especially since Islamic terrorists have bragged and celebrated destroying the Twin Towers and killing nearly 3,000 Americans," said Greene. "Freedom of religion might provide the right to build the mosque in the shadow of ground zero, but common sense and respect for those who lost their lives and loved ones gives sensible reason to build the mosque someplace else."

The mosque would be part of a $100 million Islamic community center two blocks from where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

The proposed construction has sparked debate around the country that has included opposition from top Republicans including Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich as well as the Jewish civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League.
This is what I think of this mess this Mosque has put us in. The Muslims and the left want this to be about defending the freedom of religion. This is nothing of the sort. This is about zoning. Just because you are a religion doesn't give you the right to put up a Church or Mosque anywhere you want. Some things are just inappropriate to most Americans. No one is limiting there freedom any more then not being able to have a strip club next to a school isn't against your freedom of speech. I can't scream fire in a crowded theater. This insensitive move by the Muslims is very antagonistic to the rest of the religions in America. If they are trying to promote hate and anger they are doing a great job. But that is what they are trying to do. If a Christian, Jew,Hindu ... hurts that Mosque in any way they will win. We must protest this Mosque by pointing out their intentions and agenda. But we must not ever show anything but Love for them. As more Americans eyes open to what the Muslims are doing with this Mosque their weak foundation will fall on it's own. We should not burn the Qua ran or any other kind of non-Love action. If we can show them Love it will all work out in the end. Please keep vigilant in peace and spread the Word.

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