August 18th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

Obama says no regrets over ground zero Islamic center comments

President Obama said Wednesday that he has "no regrets" about his comments last week supporting the rights of Muslims to build an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from the site of the September 11 terror attacks in New York.

"The answer is no regrets," Obama said when asked about bringing up the issue Friday at a White House dinner commemorating the start of Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Barack Obama • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Politics

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  1. M_Miles


    President Obama has no regrets . . .
    The Founding Fathers freed this nation, the United States of America from the dictates of England. One of those dictates we were freed from was having a favored religion by government. The Founding Fathers knew that the government could and did influence people in an adverse way when they proposed one religion over another. The Founding Fathers did this with respect to the Christian and Jewish religions so that the U.S.A., would not have a favored religion or religious group from the Christian and or Jewish religions.

    To do this the Founding Fathers stated Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. Meaning that the United states shall not have a national religion. You can find this in The Bill of Rights.

    Today we see a President that no longer respects The Bill of Rights but goes against our Founding Fathers and chooses one religion over another favoring it. More than that we see President Obama stating that the government agency NASA has a main goal of teaching of Islam.

    President Obama after stating that a Christian can't speak at the Pentagon during the National Day of Prayer as his words might be offensive to Muslims. The President thinks nothing of the offensiveness to 9/11 victims as he once again shows his bias toward the Muslim religion in stating Muslims should be able to build over a site that was destroyed by, what happened to sensitivity?

    President Obama use that sensitivity that you reserve for the Muslim faith and apply it to the 9/11 victims. Mr. President no mosque in the Ground Zero area.

    August 19, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  2. ALEX

    obama is out of sense what on earth was he thinking,am not saying Muslims should not have freedom of worship but let them not build such cent re there,am not a christian, but it is not just Right for them to build there,and if obama is not careful,God will punish him,and he will not inherit the kingdom of jesus christ

    August 19, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    The proposed building is a COMMUNITY CENTER which includes a prayer room which could be used for Muslims as well as non-Muslim visitors.

    This old run-down building is not some 'Mosque' with Minarets and Domes which the Faux news network has been spewing out to divide, confuse and mislead the America people.

    This old run-down building is TWO CITY BLOCKs from the Twin Towers site. Next to a Strip-Bar and a Burger King. Are the Faux news network thinking the Strip-Bar is also on 'sacred ground'? Of course not, they don't want you to know it is simply a community center located in a old-building next to a Strip-Bar and a Burger King.

    Next door is the Dakota Roadhouse tavern, ok for the roadhouse but down on a community center?

    August 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  4. Reality

    And no regrets in filing the following comments:

    What drove the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere.

    August 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
    • salmirabilis

      It's interesting that in my 10 years experience with Islam and Muslims, I've never heard a single Muslim use the word "infidel". Rather, I only hear the Islam-bashers using this word.

      August 19, 2010 at 6:28 am |
  5. American Heros taken to soon 9/11

    America respects all cultures, it's time that everyone follows our rules if you would like to be apart of the beautiful USA.
    Out of respect for the fallen "HERO'S" let's make sure the culture we allow to share our space with who took the lives of many MOVE the location somewhere many blocks away .... DO they respect America ? if so move on, find another location.

    August 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  6. abdulla

    This is one silver lining of the American policy that is visible to the external world. A mosque will add only an atmosphere of serenity that the place requires

    August 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  7. Saladin

    Whether or not you agree with him, I respect someone who stands by what they believe rather than vacillating back and forth depending on the meaningless poll of the day.

    August 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  8. Fox

    Has he ever regretted anything?

    August 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
    • afraidofheights

      At this point, I would say maybe not listening to his advisors on this issues.

      Seriously, what on earth was President Obama thinking? Did his advisors actually tell him to go “Pro Ground Zero mosque” with 90 days until the midterms when Democrats are about to get sliced up like a Hibachi Steak at Benihana?

      Did someone on his team point to Iran and said, “Don’t worry Mr. President, we can win with 32% of the vote, Ahmadinejad did it, so let’s go pro Ground Zero mosque today?”

      Read this article which satirizes the whole mess.

      VERY FUNNY stuff.


      August 19, 2010 at 2:45 am |
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