Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner came out forcefully against President Obama's decision to back the construction of an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, calling the endorsement "deeply troubling."
But Boehner is scheduled to headline a fundraiser in upstate New York on Friday for a Republican House candidate who recently took a position quite similar to Obama's.
The candidate, Chris Gibson, is challenging Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy in New York's 20th congressional district. On his Facebook page last Wednesday, Gibson responded to a voter who wanted to know his position on the controversial project.
A former Army officer and Iraq combat veteran, Gibson condemned Islamic extremism and expressed sympathy for the families of 9/11 victims. But he also said that "any attempt to single out Islam would be a violation of the Constitution." American Muslims "are friends and good citizens and we must honor their right to practice their religion," he said.
Emotions about 9/11 run high, Gibson wrote, "but in my view, as it relates to religious buildings in the vicinity of Ground Zero, it's either all or nothing – churches synagogues and mosques should be treated the same."
That post, forwarded to CNN by a Democrat following the race, has since been removed from Gibson's Facebook page. Dan Odescalchi, a spokesman for Gibson, said he wasn't sure why the post was removed but said there some "nasty things" written on the candidate's Facebook profile and several posts were removed by staff as a consequence.
Asked if Gibson still supports the right to construct the mosque, Odescalchi directed CNN to a newer Facebook post in which Gibson advocates for a 9/11 memorial "that celebrates all religions and mankind's hope for peace.
A spokesman for Boehner had no comment on Gibson's statement.
UPDATE: The original version of this post failed to mention that in his original Facebook post, Gibson also suggested a way to sidestep the controversy: re-zone the private property on which the proposed mosque will be built.
Gibson's full comment was as follows: "Given the emotions associated with this sacred ground, it may be best to zone this land either commercial or state park," he wrote. "But in my view, as it relates to religious buildings in the vicinity of Ground Zero, it's either all or nothing – churches synagogues and mosques should be treated the same."
Boehner and McConnels.
2 idiots and liars and flip-floppers.
They should stay home and do laundry
Everytime Boehner, Mitch McConnell open their mouths they show Americans that they DO NOT care about them!
GOSH, President Bush held a vote to "privatize S. S. and it did not have enough votes!!!! thanks to Dems. voting against it. What if it did? What if????
Reublicans blame America's money problems on entitlements and they have our young people believing that! I don't believe that. I believe TWO wars, the Tax Breaks for the Rich and Bush "borrowing from China" has made "entitilements" the WHOLE ISSUE! Are we stupid, America?
When Bush left office, he tried as hard as he could to make the tax cuts for the rich, permanent. WHAT IF????? If it had not been for the Democrats, we would be living in a third world country and if we don't keep Obama and the Democrats in office, this will ruin Obama. And that is exactly what the REPUBLICANS WOULD DO.
When Bush left office, his decisions set off "fireworks" that are still happening and hard to stop.
I wonder if Republican Tim Pawlenty will call Boehner "clueless". LOL
He doesn't know what end is up. God help us if this man becomes Speaker of House..
The "Orange Man" talks out of both sides of his overly-tanned face!
You gotta love these guys and the low information /gullible folks that believe they are working for anyone else but themselves. If you think this guy is slightly considering your best interests you, my friend, are a dummy. Although, he does have an incredible grasp on what stirs negative emotions and disrupts progress.
PS. Note to Obame. Stay on script and stop wading into controversial issues that you don't have to. It hasn't worked well for you.
Just like a Republican said one thing than do another,that way you don't trust a Republican. You can if you are BIG BUSINESS OR THE VERY RICH. COME NOVEMBER VOTE NO for Republican that away said NO.
Now, that's egg on the face!
this is sick to me...ANTI AMERICAN is what this is...In this country, you have the RIGHT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to worship as you feel, with NO back lash! The right wing NUT JOBS in this country will be the reason we are attacked again, for their outright hatred and blinding IGNORANCE! SHAME ON EVERYONE OF YOU!
Once again, Republicans like to have it both ways, when convinient for them is Ok to change the constitution, to increase taxes, to spend money, and like in this case, support someone who agrees with the preseident on religious freedom. Politicians are the worst of the worst
And the hypocrites march on....
Uh oh rethugliban! What say you now?
Doesn't anyone understand english anymore?President Obama did not back the ground zero mosque.He merely stated that they have the right to build there.Republicans are spinning this so it looks like he is a supporter which would be wrong for a president to get into.Why don't they just pour more gasoline on the fires of controversy.
Just shows yet again what hypocrites the GOP are and specifically Rep. Boner. A republican says the same thing that the President says and according to John of Orange that's alright, but the president was wrong. Really ?!? All the GOP does is sound bites, no ideas, no plans, no truth.
Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.
Would you buy a used car from this man?
Hey, Boneher and the rest of you "good christian conservative" re-thug-lie-cants bashing Obama's defense of our individual freedoms of religion and the rights of property ownership as being "insensitive" to the wants of a backwards-looking, tax cuts only for the rich obstructionist political party remember this....
It's call the Constitutional Bill of Rights, not the "Political Bills of the RIGHT".
It's time for you GOP whackos and Talibangelicals who only want to trash our president, our democracy and our way of life in order to start a religious war with Islam to stick a sock in it and leave our American liberties alone...
Mr. Orange is a FLIP FLOPPER!!!!!! What an idiot!!!!!!!!
Oops. Looks like Bonehead pulled another boner! :-)
me thinks me smells hypocrite!!!
News flash! Boehner is a lying hypocrite.
Well, not so new. We've known that for a long time.
Go away, tan man.
So what's more important, that Boehner stands behind the majority of the principles of the candidate for whom he will fundraise, or that this one issue is so groundbreaking and important that it renders all other similarities between the two's views irrelevant?
Get ahold of yourself, CNN. You don't dictate what is and what is not most important.
Here's a typical two faced Republican tool John Boehner. Another corrupt politician who only opens his mouth for his party's gain. Vote him out of office PLEASE! Am I the only one who has noticed that our civil liberties are being taking away from us?
Do you think that Republicans are playing double game? Do you remember when Pres. Obama said that he wants a judge with feeling. Republicans were saying a judge need to respect the constitution not a feeling. Now they are saying that he nee...d to respect the feeling of the victimes of new yorkers not respect the constitutions
Gibson is a Republican I could vote for.
Typical orange-colored Boehner hypocrisy.
Someone should tell this dope that spray-on tans are lame and that they look incredibly stupid on everyone...