Obama previously said the mosque was a "local issue." Apparently, he decided to weigh in after all and surprise, surpise he's on the wrong side as usual:
President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed a controversial plan to build a mosque and Islamic center just blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan, despite the strong objections of conservatives, civic groups and those who lost loved ones in the September 11 attacks.“Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground,” Obama said at a White House dinner celebrating the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. “But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. 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.”Having steered clear of the controversy for weeks, Obama took on opposition to the mosque directly — a move that many other Democratic lawmakers had been hesitant to do in the face of highly emotional appeals against its construction.
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Is this just another attempt by Obama to appease radical Muslims? How's that been working out? Increased terrorist attacks by Muslims in the U.S. and radicals in Iran pushing the pedal to the floor in their drive to build a nuclear weapon.
Why didn't Obama use the power of his office during this Islamic dinner to ask Muslims to show tolerance for Christians and Jews? Why didn't he ask them to allow a Christian Church to be built in Mecca?
Every recent poll on the mosque issue shows it is opposed by clear and growing majorities of the American people as a whole and New Yorkers as well. Yet, here we have another example of elites like Obama trying to shove this mosque down our throats the same way they did with health care and so much else these past 19 months!
All the more reason to vote for Republicans this fall!
UPDATE: Obama Flips, then Flops on Mosque. Palin Asks Questions and More Moderate Muslims Admit Mosque is a Provocation!
Obama flipped on his mosque endorsement on Saturday by suggesting that “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there." Yet his spokesman later sent an email to reporters in which he stated: ""Just to be clear, the President is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night."
Does anyone really think Obama has a problem with this mosque being built at Ground Zero?
Sarah Palin asks the same question:
PALIN: 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.Meanwhile, moderate Muslims get what this mosque is really all about:
The fact we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel. The proposal has been made in bad faith and in Islamic parlance, such an act is referred to as "Fitna," meaning "mischief-making" that is clearly forbidden in the Koran.There are many moderate Muslims who understand what this project is all about (see here and here). And clear majorities in poll after poll suggest the American people understand what is really going on.
So, why doesn't Obama and that handful of ego-driven muslim apologizing elitists not understand what is so painfully obvious to everyone else including Muslims?