President Barack Obama is weighing in forcefully on the mosque near ground zero, saying a nation built on religious freedom must allow it. "As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country," Obama told a crowd gathered at the White House to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"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."

The White House had not previously taken a stand on the mosque, which 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...

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Are you offended by the thought of a mosque being built at the World Trade Center site?
President Barack Obama is weighing in forcefully on the mosque near ground zero, saying a nation built on religious freedom must allow it. "As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country," Obama told a crowd gathered at the White House to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"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."

The White House had not previously taken a stand on the mosque, which 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...

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11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 8/15/10 - 3:45:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
But on Ground Zero?????? why there it's like a punch below the belt
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 9:05:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 8/15/10 - 3:45:43 PM kwwilchild wrote:
But on Ground Zero?????? why there it's like a punch below the belt


exactly why does it have to be ground zero? thats completely insulting to all the victims of 9/11 and their families.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 9:07:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 8/15/10 - 3:45:43 PM kwwilchild wrote:
But on Ground Zero?????? why there it's like a punch below the belt
On Tuesday 8/17/10 - 9:05:10 AM rhianon993 wrote:
exactly why does it have to be ground zero? thats completely insulting to all the victims of 9/11 and their families.

It's not on Ground Zero people. It's a block or two away.

How is it insulting anyone anyway? The people building the mosque aren't terrorists, they are just regular people. Is a whole religion really so insulting to you?
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 9:18:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm offended by the BS way people are portraying it in order to be offended by it.
It's not *at* Ground Zero. It's 2 blocks away. It's not just any old, straight-up mosque. It's a tolerance center and mosque whose mission is one of peace and unity.
The people protesting the plans for this mosque are the same people justifying sweeping generalizations about all Muslims based on their perception that Muslims were too silent in denouncing the 9/11 attacks. Now Muslims want to make a positive statement against violence and the hatred that led to the attacks and the same people want to shut them out, to reject their participation?
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 10:03:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course not. I hope they build more in that area.
Seems kinda sad that we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan partially because of religious intolerance and then we dont have much openness or free expression here.

I think it would send a great message to the world that we are not small minded and we dont hate and accept everyone.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 10:48:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 8/17/10 - 9:18:26 AM IRLIteach wrote:
. The people protesting the plans for this mosque are the same people justifying sweeping generalizations about all Muslims based on their perception that Muslims were too silent in denouncing the 9/11 attacks. Now Muslims want to make a positive statement against violence and the hatred that led to the attacks and the same people want to shut them out, to reject their participation?


This. All the same people who squealed about moderate Muslims not condemning terrorism are now condemning this.

They will only be happy when the moderate Muslims are so far away that they can't hear them, so they can continue to complain tha they aren't doing anything.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 10:49:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
BTW Kiki you're a bit late with this question.... It's already a dead horse.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 2:51:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Offended? No.
Think it's a stupid idea that's pissed off a lot of people? yes.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:03:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why is it a stupid idea? Seems like a great idea and it will show that we are still free and open for different religions.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:10:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
or it will show you are not.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:17:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, it's *two* blocks away. The point is, they are making an absurd effort to portray Islam as a peaceful religion by placing it so close to the other end of the spectrum, the results of Islamic terrorism. Other places of worship such as churches applied for building permits in this neighborhood were denied-and in the end, a historical building is being torn down. It's complete political correctness; the point of the Islamic center is to prove that Islam is not what ground zero proves. But the fact of the matter is, there are extremists in every religion, and although they may not represent the common belief, they read from the same bible. Building the mosque represents Islam has defeated.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:18:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
///NEWSFLASH///
They won't build it. They say they see how it could look offensive to some people, so they'll start looking for another place.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:22:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Good for them. That shows everyone else they weren't trying to claim a victory.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:23:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
It wouldn't even be the closet Mosque to ground zero, there's already one less than two blocks away. What a stupid issue this is.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:38:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Kiki, you are retarded

If you read your own f-cking article you'd know that it isn't being built on Ground Zero
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:43:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Faux News & several bloggers have repeatedly used the phrase "at ground zero", which is probably why so many people were opposed to the plan.
But now it's clear that it won't happen, not even two blocks away; case closed.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:52:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I bet she will still find a way to bump this question for the next f*cking ten years though.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 5:16:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:17:55 PM vanilla19 wrote:
they are making an absurd effort to portray Islam as a peaceful religion

Why is that absurd, as opposed to portraying it as a religion better symbolized by the evils of 9/11?
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 9:33:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:17:55 PM vanilla19 wrote:
they are making an absurd effort to portray Islam as a peaceful religion
.....
and in the end, a historical building is being torn down.
..............
But the fact of the matter is, there are extremists in every religion

1. i know a few muslims and they're pretty chill... they can't even eat lunch right now, man.

2. the center was going to be in an old Burlington Coat Factory. i don't think that's very historical but i guess you're entitled to your opinion

3. ...self-pwn?
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 10:06:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 8/17/10 - 3:23:57 PM buddy wrote:
It wouldn't even be the closet Mosque to ground zero, there's already one less than two blocks away. What a stupid issue this is.


Yeah, maybe they should close all the Mosques in a 10 mile radius. That will show them that we are a free and and open country. Go usa
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 11:29:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes i am very offended, It would be a disgrace to build that mosque at the World Trade Center site.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 8/17/10 - 11:34:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Didn't even bother skimming this, redundancy be dammned:

-The mosque in question isn't being built on the site, its two blocks away,

-From what I understand (when the 'news' is actually reporting the stray fact here and there, between shouting head segments), there's already an Islamic center at that site. They're just going to expand or something.

-Why the hell is this such a big issue? I think this is a media-engineered contraversey, maybe to distract us from the fact that the British Royal Family and most of the U.S. senate are shapeshifting reptillians.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 8/18/10 - 12:05:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't see a problem with it. especially since its not 'on' ground zero, its 'near' it.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/19/10 - 2:47:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, just as soon as we build a Church at Mecca. THEN they can build their mosque there.
11 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/19/10 - 2:56:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 8/17/10 - 11:34:53 PM Absynth wrote:
-Why the hell is this such a big issue? I think this is a media-engineered contraversey, maybe to distract us from the fact that the British Royal Family and most of the U.S. senate are shapeshifting reptillians.


Reptilians aside, I think this is the state of the matter. It's an engineered controversy, and quite frankly a big freaking distraction from stuff that really matters.

The only upside to this whole thing is that it brings the crazies out of the woodwork pretty quickly, and they make it painfully obvious that they're full of nothing but hot air.

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