Obama's Endorsement Of NYC Mosque Angers Many
August 19, 2010 by Personal Liberty News Desk
Last weekend, President Obama stirred new controversy over the proposed Islamic center near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York by saying that he supported Muslims’ right to build a mosque there.
Obama’s remarks appeared to echo earlier comments by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said that the government could not deny anyone the right to build a house of worship on private land as it would violate the United States Constitution.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations welcomed the president’s comments and urged other leaders to follow in his footsteps in defense of religious freedom and equality.
However, numerous groups and individuals have expressed outrage, including Stop Islamization of America as well as former presidential candidate Gary Bauer who is the president of American Values, a socially conservative organization. He said that Obama’s views show that he “does not understand the values and sentiments of the American people, especially while we are still at war around the world with jihadists.”
He added that they demonstrate the president’s “final and irrevocable divorce from the American people.”
According to polls, most Americans oppose the building of a mosque near Ground Zero.