This dispute over the mosque at Ground Zero is not a religious debate, but a question of respect for 9/11. Muslims have a right to have a mosque in lower Manhattan, but out of respect for the 9/11 victims of 3,000 killed by muslms, they should move that mosque. Gov. Patterson offered property for an alternative site and the Imam rejected it. If Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wants to truly build a bridge to the Western world, he would move the mosque a few more blocks away. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is behind the Ground Zero mosque, supports Shariah law courts in the United States of America, is tied to the funding of the Gaza Flotilla, called the United States an accessory in the 9-11 attacks, and refuses to designate Hamas a terrorist organization. The fact that President Obama supports this doesn’t surprise me at all….I am fully convinced Obama is a muslim.
Aerial photo of World Trade Center Ground Zero following Sept. 11 attacks. Red square to right of Ground Zero marks former Burlington Coat Factory and proposed location of Cordoba House
9/11 Families Blast Obama’s Speech Supporting Ground Zero Mosque
One of the leading groups representing families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks blasted President Barack Obama Saturday for supporting the construction of a mosque near the site of the attack.
The group 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America said it was “stunned” by the president’s remarks.
Obama “has abandoned America at the place where America’s heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see,” the group said.
“Now this president declares that the victims of 9/11 and their families must bear another burden. We must stand silent at the last place in America where 9/11 is still remembered with reverence or risk being called religious bigots.”
Building the mosque “is a deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah,” the group claimed.
Several prominent Republican leaders on Saturday also attacked Obama’s speech and suggested the motive behind the mosque was deliberately provocative.
“He is ignoring the will of the American public,” former Sen. Rick Santorum, who represented Pennsylvania in the Senate, told Fox News on Friday. The community center would “desecrate the ground of those who were murdered by people who practice the faith, or at least an element of the faith, that is being represented by that mosque.”
“Islam is not just a religion, it is also a political doctrine,” Santorum said.
Ahead of the dinner talk, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin asked on her Twitter account: “Will Obama express US lingering pain & ask Muslims for tolerance by discouraging 9/11 mosque while he celebrates Islamic holy month tonight?” Both she and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have said the mosque should not be built.
Congressman Peter King, who represents New York in the US House of Representatives, said the Muslim community was “abusing” its rights and “needlessly offending” many people.
“It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero,” said King, a Republican. “Unfortunately the president caved in to political correctness.”
Self-described “liberal Muslim” Farzana Hassan, a Canadian, told Fox News on Saturday that she believes the Islamic center’s location is “provocative.”
“This is highly insensitive to the sentiments of the people who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks,” said Hassan, who has written books on Islam.
A CNN/Opinion Research poll earlier this month showed that 68 percent of Americans opposed the Islamic center plans, while only 29 percent favored them.
Writing in the Telegraph of London, political analyst William Lowther said the comments by the president Friday evening are sure to cost Democrats more votes in the midterm elections.