August 16th, 2010
03:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Reid breaks with Obama, opposes mosque near Ground Zero

(CNN) - Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is breaking ranks with President Obama over the issue of the proposed construction of a controversial Islamic center and mosque just blocks away from Ground Zero.

"The First Amendment protects freedom of religion," spokesman Jim Manley said in a statement. "Sen. Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built some place else. If the Republicans are being sincere, they would help us pass this long overdue bill to help the first responders whose health and livelihoods have been devastated because of their bravery on 911, rather than continuing to block this much-needed legislation."


Filed under: Harry Reid • issues • President Obama • Religion
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  1. obama victim

    trouble in paradise????

    August 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. tip

    U cant have your cake and eat it too next thing we are going to do Change the 1st Amendment, i thought was a new york issue and ruled to be legal becareful what u ask for we have a lot american muslims in ny, reminds me of the kkk getting a permit to march and everybody knows what they stand for but the police protect them because they have the or watching someone burn our flag and they say its freedom of speech

    August 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Belinda Jackson

    Honestly Timothy McViegh was a white terrorist can white male christian build near the site of 911..ugly american racist go away..We go through all the trouble of changing her image globally then the Southern Racist fool slips out...just shameful...thank God Obama is strong enough to stand alone...the kind of President we need.

    August 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, i'm no expert, but...

    See Harry pander to the paranoid, islamophobe hicks in his home state. Must be midterm elections this year. Have a nice day!

    August 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Marcus

    So, Reid (apparently) broke his allignment with President Obama in order to use the Republicans words (and actions) against themselves?
    Politics... plain politicis...
    But it's good to see people being caught by their own words (and actions).

    August 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. jim germann

    Doesnt this deserve a split screen with obama. LOL By the way, when is cnn going to tell there viewers and bloggers, about sen harry reid introducing a bill to end automatic birth rights to illegal aliens. Another LOL. Don't think it has been on cnn yet. HMMM, I wonder why? Guess the ground zero mosques really is about sensitivity toward 9/11 victims. Obama looks like a fool.
    Friday Nite the liberal world was so proud.
    Saturday Aft- Weasel words.
    What a princpled position? Another LOL.
    No republican,or the 70% of americans are saying,what the liberal lie is, that this is about religious freedom, its about what is right,and the sensitivity to america and the 9/11 victims. The mosque can be built a few blocks,or miles away. Even the Dem.Gov of NY, said he would help find an alternative location. Everyone should be able to agree on that. And not that it really is a factor, but, the comments by this imam are not helpful. also, the guy who bought the property for $4.5 million, is a ny waiter. So, even though i dont think they should have to answer questions,the questions that have been asked and not answered,give major pause.

    August 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Independent

    Obama is dead wrong on the Mosque issue -- it is an affront to Christians, to Americans, and to all those who lost loved ones in the Twin Towers. A mosque near that site is grotesque. The US practices religious freedon. Muslims preach hatred for all those that do not think Allah is God or that Muhammad is the prophet. Muslins should understand that 99% of the US population do not view Allah as God or Muhammad as anything special – that is just facts – sorry. Enjoy the Muslim faith, but near the 9-11 site - not unless you wish to strain Muslim relations with 99% of americans

    August 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Bellez

    The republicans would pass the bill if the ignorant Democrats would stop slipping in pork for their fellow democrats. Why can't a bill just be a bill and not full of wasteful useless crap. Why don't I see fellow americans complain our tax dollars going for non productive uses..Why is our money paying for Mosques in OTHER COUNTRIES..It is time to UNITE as americans against ALL the biased MEDIA & CONGRESS..Both parties need fumagating & Jail time

    August 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. JM

    The rats are scurrying to find a way to survive this sinking ship. The voters are nervous, scared and can see clearly that a marxist economic policy will not work here any more than it did in Moscow. This Congress needs to see unemployment up close and personal.

    August 16, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Chubbjack

    This country was built on freedom of religion. It was not Islam that committed the acts of 9/11. Nor can Islam be blame for 9/11 just because someone, who commits such an act, claims so. Just as Timothy McVey's religion is not held responsible for his acts. We have a hard time healing in America. We should never forget what took place on 9/11 and with unity strengthen ourselves as a nation against future attacks on our sovereignity. We shall remember 9/11 for the end of times. But, it is not Islam who is responsible for what happenned on 9/11. It was a group who has to use Islam to have some sort of base/foundation for their own personal agenda. Freedom of religion.

    August 16, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Fran

    Reid, you are a joke. No one should be even playing politics with this issue. It is one of religious freedom, the cornerstone of the establishment of this nation. Anybody that opposes that is UN-AMERICAN. You can't say out of one side of your mouth that I have a right to practice my faith in this country as an AMERICAN, and out of the other side of your mouth, however, tell me to practice it only where YOU say is okay. HYPOCRITES, ALL OF THEM.

    August 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Independent

    Muslims wish the protection the US Constituion affords for rellgious freedom yet Muslims worldwide are not able to allow other religions to flourish in countries where Muslims hold a majority - this is a double standard. Turkey is the worst offender -- oppressing the Christian Orthodox even though Muhammad wrote a letter to all Muslims granting the Christinas the right to practice their faith openly and peacefully in Turkey -– I think the infidels are the ones following Muhammad

    August 16, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Whimsy1

    Poor Nevada! They are faced with the choice of being represented by a far right wing extremist in Sharron Angle or a political coward in Harry Reid. For shame Harry!! If you can't support the Constitution and the freedom of religion it represents then you don't deserve to represent this country. Shame to all who would deny constitutional rights to anyone.

    August 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. BB

    That's too bad Reid did this, especially since President Obama is correct with what he said.
    If anyone disagrees, it's because they are not focusing on the facts, the Constitution or the laws. Laws are not based on or made for "Sensitive Feelings", so get over it people! The Community Center will be developed on the Private Property it will be sitting on!!! DEAL WITH IT!!! REID...you are wrong on this one!!!!!!!!!

    August 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. David in Houston

    Sorry Reid...but the rights offered to Americans by the U.S. Constitution is more important than your misguided political ambitions!

    And to all the so-called Americans out there who are ready & willing to sacrifice the constitution in order to appease the right-wing bigots...you all should be ashamed!

    TRUE AMERICANS HONOR & DEFEND FREEDOM OF RELIGION!

    August 16, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. DorisV

    Harry Reid is an old politico who is trying to hold onto his job. He is entitled to his opinion and so is the president. I stand with the president on this issue. It is time for healing. I feel sorry for those who grieve but this is not the right way. People of the Muslim faith (not the hijackers and extremists) were killed in those towers also, I presume.

    August 16, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Rickster

    Hey, what do you know.......Harry Reid turns out to be a robe-wearing, knuckle-dragging bigot. Isn't that right, dems?

    August 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Willy Brown

    You're late again Hippy Harry!

    August 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. bridgette

    This is one of the greatest things about the democratic party is that they are not robots and don't all have to come together to agree on every single thing. I love the fact that they have their own minds and opinions. No I am not a democrat but sometime with the GOP you just don't know what you are getting because everyone has to say the exact same thing.

    August 16, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. JB

    We're a nation ruled by laws, not emotions. The first ammendment is the deciding factor, not temper tantrums and fist shaking.

    I'm surprised at how many are willing to forsake the first ammendment. Yep, they've probably got their bible in one hand and their constitution in the other – decrying the building of the community center. If that wasn't so sad, it'd be funny.

    August 16, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. rs

    Reid is making a mistake here. There is absolutely nothing to be done about the Mosque, whether you support it or not. The local Muslim community has owned the property for 25 years. They are modifying an existing site and building and obtained all the requisit permits to make it all legal. Do Republicans REALLY want to get into the business of approving locations for houses of worship? This will blow on them like the Terry Schievo case.

    August 16, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. blue

    Let's get real. Prsident Obama did not endorse the mosque at ground zero, but he said that we have religious freedom in the great USA. The GOP keeps trying to dig up somethng.

    August 16, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. NoBamaLama

    79 more days till Odumma is a Lame Duck.

    November and 2012

    August 16, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Dave

    WHAT?!?!?!?!?

    Ried makes a political plea for a BS bill he is backing and throws in a populous thought on the mosque near ground zero and CNN buys into it with that headline?

    LOLOLOLOL

    Ried is a joke.
    Obama is a joke.
    Pelosi is a joke.

    Unitl we vote these morons out, the joke is on us.

    August 16, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Gimena

    I'm with Reid; build the Mosque elsewhere!

    August 16, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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