President Obama has announced publicly that he supports the building of a NYC mosque near the infamous Ground Zero site.
MSNBC reports that the president has been both cheered and jeered for his announcement. President Obama addressed guests at a White House dinner in celebration of Ramadan Friday.
"Muslims have the right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," he said.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that Obama's message 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,'" Bloomberg said.
Clearly, not all New Yorkers feel the way Mayor Bloomberg (who supports that project) and President Obama do.
Hallowed Ground and American Standards
According to Fox News, President Obama intends for Ground Zero to remain "hallowed ground," but believes that in doing so we must move on according to "American standards," and that means freedom of religion.
Republican Representative Peter King of New York made the following statement regarding the president's announcement.
"President Obama is wrong," said King. "It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero."
Many relatives and friends of those lost when the Twin Towers fell on September 11 strongly oppose the building of a mosque at Ground Zero. They agree with Rep. King that such a move is highly insensitive.
It certainly sounds as though this mosque will be built, and it seems in doing so that Americans, while they claim to be following "American standards" are in fact becoming less and less American in doing so. Certainly the United States is a melting pot, but it is first and foremost American.
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