Per “The World’s President”:
My intention was simply to let people know what I thought.
In this country, we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of . I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there
I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.
The president’s remarks come after a forceful proclamation made Friday at the Iftar dinner, when he wholeheartedly endorsed the idea of building a mosque and Muslim community center near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York”.
As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And 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. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.
However, deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said in a statement Saturday:
Just to be clear, the President is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night.
It is not his role as President to pass judgment on every local project. But it is his responsibility to stand up for the Constitutional principle of religious freedom and equal treatment for all Americans. What he said last night, and reaffirmed today, is that If a church, a synagogue or a Hindu temple can be built on a site, you simply cannot deny that right to those who want to build a Mosque.
The problem, Bill, is that is appears to the vast majority of Americans that Obama is ducking the real issue, which is whether it is appropriate or wise for the Muslim group who wants to build the mosque and community center – the Cordoba Initiative – to do so right beside Ground Zero.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addressed the matter late Saturday afternoon on her Facebook page:
Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive “cross-cultural engagement” and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven’t they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren’t you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson’s generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven’t they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as “hallowed ground”? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.
News comes out this morning that the sponsors of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero are not slamming the door on Gov. Paterson’s idea to build the center someplace else.
“We are open to a conversation to find out more on what the governor has in mind,” the center, Park51, formerly named the Cordoba Initiative after a famous Muslim victory, said in a Twitter post yesterday.
While mosque opponents charge the chosen site is insensitive to 9/11 victims, NY Governor Paterson (D) doesn’t oppose the planned location.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a useful idiot, is all for the mosque. He said Obama’s remarks reminded him of George Washington:
Two hundred and twenty years ago this week, the Father of Our Country penned his famous letter to the Jewish Community of Newport Rhode Island or, as he called them, ‘the Children of the Stock of Abraham.’ President Obama’s words tonight evoked President Washington’s own August reminder that ‘all possess alike liberty.
Paterson and Bloomberg aren’t speaking for the majority of New Yorkers.
Rick A. Lazio, a Republican candidate for governor and a former member of the House of Representatives, said late Friday that the president was still “not listening to New Yorkers”:
With over 100 mosques in New York City, this is not an issue of religion, but one of safety and security.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., agreed. “President Obama is wrong,” he said:
It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero. While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so much.
But, hey, Liberals, don’t worry. You’ve got back-up for your position.
Mahmoud al-Zahar said Muslims “have to build everywhere” so that followers can pray, just like Christians and Jews build their places of worship.
Al-Zahar spoke Sunday on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on WABC-AM. He is a co-founder of Hamas and its chief on the Gaza Strip.
Be proud, Liberals. Be proud.
White House aides would respond to questions about whether the president decided to backtrack on his remarks Saturday based on feedback from any particular person or organization. But you can bet that immediately after his proud proclamation of support for the Cordoba Intiative at the White House Ramadan Dinner, Axlerod, Rahmbo, and all sorts of advisers and Democratic leaders, were pressuring him to “clarify” his remarks in an effort to save their progressive backsides from the upcoming political massacre in November.
Unfortunately for you and your political party, Mr. President, just like your 27 hour phony photo op from this weekend, where you and Sasha were actually swimming in St. Andrews Bay, not the Gulf of Mexico, Americans aren’t buying your forced “clarification”.