Obama Defends Muslims Rights!
BelaynehKassaWubie | August 13, 2010 at 10:14 pmby
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Obama’s reasoning is sound but Christians should also have the right to build churches in Mecca and medina. Is that not?
See BBC Report below for additional info
Obama defends right to build mosque near 9/11 site
President Obama was speaking at a Muslim Iftar dinner at the White House
US President Barack Obama has staunchly defended controversial plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.
Opponents have protested against the construction of an Islamic cultural centre and mosque several hundred feet away from the site of the Twin Towers.
Mr Obama acknowledged "sensitivities" surround the 9/11 site, but said Muslims have the same right to practice their religion "as anyone else".
"Our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable," Mr Obama said.
Since a New York developer announced plans to build a 13-storey Islamic community centre and mosque about two blocks from the former World Trade Center site, prominent Republican politicians and a host of conservative pundits have attacked the project.
Some relatives of people killed in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 are also opposed to the plan.
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