August 13th, 2010
09:55 PM ET

Obama throws support behind N.Y. Islamic center

President Obama threw his support behind a controversial proposal to build an Islamic center and mosque near New York's ground zero, saying Friday 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," Obama said at a White House Iftar dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The president's remarks drew praise from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who announced his support for the Islamic center last week.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Barack Obama • Islam • Muslim • New York

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Jacqueline

    While our Country was founded on freedom of Religion and Speech, I find it disrespectful to have this Center built so close to the place where terrorism claimed so many lives. Out of respect to the deceased and their families, I feel that this location should be sacred but, everything in this World is not controllable. As a Christian believer I know my God is bigger than any Center. He looks at hearts not Buildings.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
  2. SSA

    The basis of freedom of expression is well entrenched in the western/developed world.
    Why then do we accept the same with mosques being freely built in the west, while when we travel to autocratic socities we accept that catholic churches are not given any place, and then accept these places as being model societies to do business with??
    It took one visit from the saudi ruler in Abu Dhabi in the 70's to banish an established line of Chrches on the Corniche, to be banished to this date to the middle of the desert!!

    September 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  3. mshrano

    i think it shows the good democratic practice in the world b/c America is the largest country in world .the decision of Barak Obama

    August 16, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  4. Reality

    Actually, there should be no mosques anywhere on the face of the globe. Why?

    Muslim convert journalist Stephen Schwartz, American Jewish Committee terrorism expert Yehudit Barsky, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer have all separately testified to a growing radical Islamist Wahhabi influence in U.S. mosques, financed by extremist groups. According to Barsky, 80% of U.S. mosques are so radicalized.

    August 9, 2010 Germany shuts 9/11 plotters' mosque in Hamburg

    Police raided the mosque on Monday and hunted for evidence of jihadist activities German police have shut down the Hamburg mosque where the 9/11 hijackers met before their suicide attacks on the US in 2001.

    Police said they believed the Taiba mosque was again being used as a meeting point for extremists.

    The cultural association that runs the mosque has also been banned.

    A German intelligence report last year said radical Muslims had travelled to military training camps in Uzbekistan after associating at the mosque.

    August 15, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  5. Keith

    Class, could someone please explain to this individual why allowing INTERPOL here is a bad idea? The cnn moderator won't post my response-so much for the 1st Amendment.

    August 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  6. Keith

    it's not going to get anymore moderate than that Mr. Moderator. Deal with it.

    August 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  7. Keith

    When martial law is imposed by Obama, everyone of us who posted dissenting comments will be rounded up by his Thought Police. Paranoia? Why did he sign an executive order on Dec. 16, 2010 allowing INTERPOL free reign in this country? NO ONE can interfere with them if they arrest you and haul you away. Every post you make is recorded. Christ is coming back soon. Look to Him as your Savior because trouble is brewing.

    August 15, 2010 at 9:05 am |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      Why would you care what Interpol is doing? Are you an international criminal? That's who they hunt for you know. Including terrorists.

      I would have thought a little more cooperation and communication among police forces would be a good thing...

      August 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
    • Keith

      If you are a Bible believing Christian who believes in a pre-tribulation rapture you are more of a threat according to Homeland Security than someone like Major Hasan Nidal or the throat-cutters who flew the planes into the Twin Towers. Look it up its a fact. So who knows what the definition of "international criminal" might be. Reagan banned INTERPOL from the exact thing Obama is letting them do. Is that what you would like-to be snatched out of your home because some liberal pea-brain deemed you to be dangerous? I'd rather not give up my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in exchange for "more cooperation and communication among police forces.

      August 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  8. amgk

    The City of New York will not let the GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, ST. NICHOLAS be rebuilt where it was destroyed, at GROUND ZERO and they will let this mosque be built, then this president adds his senseless, heartless insensitive words. He's not acting stupidly, he's showing his true colors. " We told you so", should be the NEW Republicans election MOTTO.

    August 15, 2010 at 2:20 am |
  9. dennis

    Last week Muslims Beheaded a Pregnant Woman because it was "believed" she had an "illegal affair".
    There is a trial going on in Texas where a Muslim Father beheaded his own two Daughters because they had become "too Westernized! In Iran, Muslims are about to stone a Woman to death for being unmodest, so the world arose, now they are thinking, maybe she should just be hanged.

    What a kind of a "Religion" is Islam????

    Welcome to Ground Zero! Welcome to our future America!

    August 14, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
  10. koror palau

    as a footnote, i am a liberal democrat and after this stunt, he can no longer count on my vote.

    August 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      I know it's crazy! Our President is actually supporting following the law of the land! Shameful!

      August 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  11. koror palau

    does obama NOT want to be reelected? he is neither naive or dumb so why couldn't he just not take a position? why would he get involved in this? the issue isn't the first amendment freedom of religion. the issue is respect. sure muslims have the right to practice their religion and build a mosque on private property ... but building it at gound zero? ishameful. think about it, Ground Zero Mosque? i never imagined saying this, but deductive reasoning leads to the only one possible reason he would go public with his "full support" - he is a closet muslim because something about this is not right ... the president can always make himself be too busy to discuss this, but here he is actually SELLING the concept. better watch him more closely . . .

    August 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
  12. Keith

    just so know mr/ms moderator, these very same muslims you are defending will slaughter any and all homosexuals whether the gay crowd supports them or not. They will kill all gays. Period. Stop being a useful idiot for them.

    August 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  13. Keith

    Maybe obama and bloomberg can have a moment of silence in Lower Manhattan so we can all hear "allah akbar" blare over the loudspeakers of this abomination 5 times a day. Remember? The last thing the pilots were screaming on the radio before the planes hit.

    August 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
  14. Keith

    moderator, you know it's the truth and you can't stand it. so much for the first amendment at least with you "tolerant" folks at cnn

    August 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  15. Keith

    Speaking of outrage, where is all the homosexual outrage against this mosque?

    August 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
  16. Keith

    obviously you're gay Mr./Ms. moderator?

    August 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm |
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