Another lecture from the podium to main stream Americans that we need to CHANGE. Rather than use his influence to publicly request that the Imam seeking to build this controversial mosque on the hallowed grounds of 9/11 respect the sensitives of millions of New Yorkers and most Americans, the President has chosen overtly to come out of the closet and advance his Middle Eastern and Islamic “reconciliation” agenda disguised in yet another sermon to the American people. This time on religious tolerance. Flash… religious tolerance is not the point.
As a New York Area resident I am outraged at Obama and the left facilitating this blatantly obvious POKE IN THE EYE action by a purportedly less than moderate Imam. There is fundamental lack of respect being shown here to the families who have lost loved ones during the 9/11 massacre and indeed to all Americans. There are other sites in NYC where this mosque can be built. As time moves on Obama is indeed showing his true colors and biased agenda.
This issue is NOT about religious freedom Mr. President, it is about your choices and your decision to instead of using your position power to at least make an open and public request to the Imam to consider the sensitivities of the people in the community and seek a different location for this controversial mosque, you once again, in your typical condescending style, “preach platitudes” to the majority of Americans who are opposed to this decision. Worse yet you do it with a clear … let them eat cake attitude. Your choice to lecture the American people on religious freedom, rather than lecture Muslim leaders against fanning the flames of conflict and mistrust, especially showing a lack of respect, shows once again how inexperienced you are as a leader. Clearly we are all beginning to know now the CHANGE that you have promised America.
Prominent Republicans have led protests against the construction of an Islamic cultural centre and mosque two blocks from the site of the former World Trade Centre. The proposed building would not be visible from Ground Zero.
Obama acknowledged that “sensitivities” surrounded the 9/11 site, which he described as “hallowed ground”, but he said Muslims had the same right to practice their religion “as anyone else”.
In a speech at a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan, he said: “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice 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.”
The White House has not previously taken a stand on the mosque. Its press secretary, Robert Gibbs, has described the issue as a local matter.
Republicans including Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential candidate, and Newt Gingrich, the Republican former speaker of the House of Representatives, have been vocal opponents of the scheme, describing it as an insult to the memory of those killed by Islamist terrorists in the 2001 attacks. — Guardian
It isn’t a matter of religious tolerance… it’s a matter of respect. Its not being “in your face” particularly when moderate Muslims don’t want to see radicals add gas to the fire. Rep. Boehner has it right…
House Republican Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio took issue with Obama’s remarks. “The fact that someone has the right to do something doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do,” Boehner said in a statement. “That is the essence of tolerance, peace and understanding. This is not an issue of law, whether religious freedom or local zoning. This is a basic issue of respect for a tragic moment in our history.” — LA Times
You can see the entire speech on the White House Website as part of Obama celebrating Ramadan http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2010/08/13/celebrating-ramadan-white-house