August 17th, 2010
09:07 AM ET
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. informed voter

    President Obama (and all elected officials) has sworn to protect the Constitution. All he has done is strongly state that all religions have the right to build a house of worship where ever it is legally allowed by local land use laws. A mosque currently exists in the "old Burlington Coat Factory" that is two and a half blocks away from the World Trade Center sight. The owners are simply seeking permits to expand this space into a cultural community center (much like the YMCA) and, so far, the local building powers that be see no reason to deny the permits needed. This is NOT hallowed ground, as so many political hacks keep parroting.

    I grew up in Manhattan, I was in NYC on 9/11, I knew people who were killed and some who barely escaped, and I am in favor of allowing this community center to be built. What offends me are the politicians, who have zero stake in my city, who are using hate and fear to drum up support for their narrow minded agenda!

    August 17, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. RS

    Oh course he should have! Obama is consistent – he doesn't act on emotion and demagoguery like his opponents, he acts with reason and thoughtfulness. He is looking at this issue as a statesman, as a president, as a constitutional lawyer, and not as a politician. He did the right and moral thing, speaking up for religious freedom, and having the courage to remind people that Al Qaida is the enemy, not Islam.

    It is time for everyone to stop thinking about the politics of this and think about what is right. How would you feel if you were a peaceful, patriotic Muslim-American who had lost a family member on 9/11. Shouldn't you have the right to pray near the site as Jews and Christians do? Wouldn't you want your President to stand up and defend religious freedom?

    Obama did not say the Mosque SHOULD be built there. He said they had the right to build it there. They do. And people should start thinking about this in a rational and reasonable way, like our President does.

    August 17, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Amanda

    He didn't "take sides," he was simply pointing out freedom of religion. You know, one of the things that makes America great. I guess what certain people would rather hear is that everyone is free to practice their religion....except Muslims. Funny how we want to pick and choose how to decipher what our forefathers laid out for us. I suffered through 9/11 along with the rest of America. I prayed and prayed for survivors. However, I also know that what happened was a choice made by certain individuals, and not ALL of the Muslim people.

    August 17, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Marco

    It is interesting how the right wing and the republicans claim to protect the Constitution; however they want to deny a group of people a Constitutional right. New York isn't the only place where protesters don't want a Mosque built. This is just a typical republican strategy: divide and conquer.

    August 17, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Granny Griper

    I think he has a right to voice his opinion just as the rest of us do.
    He is a citizen of the country and has the right to free speech just as we do. I am glad he considers himself one of us and feels he can do that.
    People are so ignorant. Most have access to a computer all they have to do is check out FACTS. They are to busy angrily protesting and mouthing off they don't bother to get the FACTS on any given topic.
    THE RULE IS COMMON SENSE< how in the world do most of these people think they got here.
    Here is a question for you:
    Why are we in IRAQ and AFGANISTAN? Are we not fighting for the rights of these people, are not our men and women dying for the rights of these people and who put us in these wars? George Bush and who are we fighting for over there. Guess;MUSLIMS now isn't this ironic

    August 17, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. toughlove

    The president has oftentimes seemed extremely un-presidential when he has spoken his mind. Perhaps he just doesn't fit the bill? Or maybe I'm just a racist for saying such a thing?

    August 17, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Former Democrat

    He probably should have thought it out before he shot off his mouth. There is a difference between legality and common sense.

    Obama thinks that he is too smart for the rest of America and if he talks long enough, he will convert everyone. Reality is that people are aware that he is no different from Carter.

    August 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Tim

    Yes he should have weighed in. It lets everyone know just how much of a dope he is.

    In his minds eye, he is some sort of philospher, far advanced from anyone previously inhabiting this earth. I actually think he stays up an night and marvels in his own perceived brilliance. It's a step above narcissism. It's like a conceited narcissist. How sweat his own voice must sound to his inner ear.

    He actually thinks he said something brilliant when he came out and said the muslims have the right to build the mosque. I think he learned that in his introductory business law course. He made a mental note of it and his briliantly wired brain was able to draw on that knowledge and make the prophetic pronouncement.

    I don't know what we as a nation would do without his brilliance.

    August 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. kaparrishinatla

    The question is not if the President should have commented, but how anyone who profess and supposedly adheres to the fundamental principles of Christianity and or profess/ believes in The Constitution of the United States can refute or deny any religious organization the right to organize and worship their religious beliefs. This is the important questions that needs to be asked of these "Christian" politicians that are asking for our votes. We are heading into dangerous territory when in the United States we are challenging our Constitution based upon fear, prejudice, and ignorance. Remember the 3000 lives lost on 911 were not all White Angelo Saxon Protestants, but Muslims, Christians, Buddhist, and I am certain even a few Atheist.

    August 17, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Kelly Bennett

    Absolutely not! This is not a national issue, he had no business discussing this with the media. As a loyal, old time, Democrat I feel he gives the GOP too much ammo against our party. He makes it hard to be a loyal Democrat when he does radical things that do not partain to the office president.

    August 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Ben

    Obama, as per usual, came across as someone who just doesn't get it. Instead of giving a reasoned and well thought out opinion, he knee jerked, then followed it up with more of his backtracking BS. Sadly, this has become the norm for this administration.

    August 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. roro

    Republicans find fault with everything Obama says and does, so what's the difference if he comments or not? He'd be skewered for either one.

    August 17, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. NoCountryLeftForKids

    What is striking to everyone is that the issues Obama has weighed in on he has either voted present or is consistently on the wrong side. Obama is out of touch with the majority of this country. He lives in a liberal bubble that thinks Americans are stupid and constantly needs to be told what is best for them.

    No one questions the legality of it. Yet Obama, Bloomberg & Crist are giving us a lesson on the constitution. (since when did the constitution mattered to Obama?). Muslims want tolerance to them but constantly shows great intolerance & insensitivity to us. This was evident by their refusal to accept an alternative location in lower Manhattan as was offered by Gov. Patterson.

    August 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Liz the First

    Apparently, folks in this country need a refresher course in the constitution and people's basic rights. the constitution protects the minorities in this country from the tyranny of the majority. that was the brilliance of the founding fathers. there is no 'controversy' here. muslims have the right to build a mosque or a cultural center or whatever they want to call it, the same as christians have to build a church or the jews have to build a synagogue. you can not like where they put it, but you have no right to try to stop them simply because you don't like it. same with gays marrying. it's a basic human right to marry the person you love. why is there any government agency at all supporting opposition to gays marrying? all these folks are attempting to do is codify their hate and fanaticism. a secular country doesn't make laws based on hate! we are supposed to be better than that!

    August 17, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Augsbee

    Why do they want to build the Mosque near Ground Zero???? does it have a significant meaning to them, if so, what is the meaning????? Why do they want to be so mean-spirited, insensitive, disrespectful, cruel, cold towards us the U.S.? Is it anger, spite, is it to annoy us, is it hate towards us?????? Talk about sticking it to us all, including foreign families who also lost a loved one.
    This is not about equal treatment, freedom of religion, this is about giving us a slap across the face with our own freedom. They are using Freedom to cause us pain.

    August 17, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. w l jones

    That his job to uphold the constitution, to do otherwise would put all our right on hold. Now it is in the hand of the city and state.

    August 17, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Hendrik

    Why do you keep bringing on this pure partisan Eric Erickson from Do you want anything balanced or do you want a screamer pretending to be a moderate.

    This is John King's style. He covered both of G W B campaigns and now runs a show slanted to the right.

    You organization lacks credibility.

    August 17, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Bill

    Not unless he intended to support St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the same manner.

    August 17, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. bertina

    Yes, Obama should weigh in as often as he wants just like any other president before him.

    August 17, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Buster

    Maybe he should have had another beer summit. This is the most clueless President in this countries history. I know jimmy carter is happy because he has been replaced as the worst President by this fool.

    August 17, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. doug

    Obama has displayed constant admiration and support to Muslims for his entire poltical career, a good thing.

    However, comare that to how he feels about every Christian in America, "They cling to their guns and religion".

    Imagine if a Republican said something as hateful, oh thats right, never will happen, no single republican in America has that much hate in their heart.

    August 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Rob

    It's not a Mosque. It's a community center 2 blocks from "ground zero".

    August 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Steve in CT

    I fully understand and (GASP) agree with him. If it wouldn't be against code the Muslims should be allowed to practice Islam anywhere they want. That's America. But is it the best course of action to continue a project so unpopular with their neighbors? Muslims and all others need to accept the agnst of the issue. The terrorists tied the horror of the event to Islam by claiming it in the name of Islam. They created a challenge to peace loving others of their faith to heal a wound they didn't inflict, in the name of Islam. They need to say "We feel the pain along with the rest of our American Countrymen and in the peaceful name of our faith and understanding will build elsewhere, offering to invite other religions to partner in a common place of faith. That, combined with publiclydenouncine those insulting Islam with terrorism and working with authorities to stop Islamic terriorism tells America "We want to be part of the true meaning of America in common and in peace. We don't want to force anything on anyone asd ask the same in return.

    August 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. worriedmom

    NO he should not have commented on it.... period.... however now that he has made his views known, it makes me wonder what his real motives are... he preaches tolerance however he expects it from others but doesn't from the Muslims that want this mosque "outreach" at this location. IF you really wanted healing and tolerance, then compromise that a mosque can be built but change location. I do feel that Obama has placed many good American Muslims in a culture war that they did not want.... IF anyone watched Fox this morning there was Mr. Jaar that spoke who is an American Muslim and he stated that a great number of Muslims do not want the Mosque there. why isnt that being reported on other sites????

    August 17, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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