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Obama Backed The ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque

This is a repost of something we posted back in 2010, via the Washington Post, which seems very timely on this Day Of Remembrance:

At Ramadan dinner, Obama defends plans for mosque near Ground Zero

By Michael D. Shear and Scott Wilson | Saturday Aug 14, 2010

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.

Have you ever noticed how often Obama lectures us on 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 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."

We have seen how "unshakable" Obama’s commitment to religious freedom is. Especially, when it comes to forcing religious institutions to pay for birth control and abortions.

Obama expressed sympathy for the families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by al-Qaeda terrorists purporting to act in the name of Islam. But he told the gathering that included Muslim and other religious leaders that blocking the mosque, as some leading Republicans have angrily demanded, would undermine the country’s claim to respect the free practice of religious expression…

It wasn’t just Republicans who opposed this mosque. But leave it to Obama to make it a partisan issue.

Polls suggest that most Americans disagree with his position; a recent CNN poll found 68 percent opposed to building a mosque near the Sept. 11 site…

There’s nothing new there. Obama is at odds with most Americans on practically all of his positions. And yet he is somehow an expert on American values.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based advocacy group, expressed satisfaction that Obama had finally decided to address the controversy.

"There was some disappointment when his press secretaries relegated it to being a local issue. But we’re pleased," CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said. "It was something that needed to be done by the president. The level of anti-Muslim hysteria has gotten out of control over this manufactured controversy." …

CAIR certainly expresses American values.

Obama took office pledging to repair that image among the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, particularly those in the strategically important Middle East. He has sought to do so with several high-profile international speeches, and by taking steps he says help bring American foreign policy in line with the nation’s values.

In April 2009, during his first overseas trip as president, Obama told the Turkish parliament, "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country."

"The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans," said Obama, who spent some of his childhood in Indonesia. "Many other Americans have been enriched by Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country. I know because I am one of them."

Two months later, he delivered his address to the Muslim world from Cairo University, calling the speech "A New Beginning." He again explicitly noted Islam’s role in the United States, and the values he says protect its practice.

"Freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion," Obama said then. "That is why there is a mosque in every state in our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That’s why the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish those who would deny it."

"So let there be no doubt," he continued, "Islam is a part of America."

Lest we forget.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Backed The ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque”

  1. canary says:

    As president Obama has never visited Israel so it shouldn’t be a surprise Obama praises Mosques and Muslims more than American’s.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    “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 at a White House iftar.”

    It is clearly in the spirit of America to celebrate Ramadan on the public dole yet ignore National Prayer Day.

    I also believe that American Shinto / Buddhist practitioners from Japan have the right to practice their religion. Just like everyone else. But that doesn’t mean I would approve of a temple at Pearl Harbor dedicated to the kamikaze.

    I’m sick of this amateur lecturing our citizens as he drains the public coffers.
    He is on no moral high ground.
    His ethical considerations are contradictory at best.
    How little he cares for American citizens when he puts niche votes ahead of the country.

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