President Barack Obama speaks in favour of the right to build a mosque close to Ground Zero at a White House dinner to mark the start of the Ramadan fast
I am getting to enjoy reading the British newspapers more each day. They have our guy pegged. Yep, those DVD’s and sending back the Churchhill bust, telling them to screw the Falklands and the Brits who live there, and otherwise treating the Brits like 2nd class folks,did not endear him to them. The first pic I have seen of the Ramadan Dinner fiasco.
Headline from the Daily Mail UK
Obama backtracks over Ground Zero mosque after furious 9/11 families label him ‘insensitive and uncaring’
Friday: ‘Let me be clear: As a citizen and as President I believe that Muslims have the same right … to build a place of worship and a community centre on private property in Lower Manhattan’
Saturday: ‘I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there’
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Mr Obama expressed his support for the mosque, which will replace a building damaged by the attacks, at a White House meal celebrating Ramadan.
In his speech on Friday, Mr Obama said: ‘Let me be clear: As a citizen and as President I believe that Muslims have the same right to practise their religion as everyone else in this country.
‘That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community centre on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.’
But the next day he insisted he had not been commenting on the ‘wisdom’ of placing a mosque in such a symbolic place.
Challenged about his comments during a family trip to Florida at the weekend, the President said: ‘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.’
Mr 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.
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