Obama Supports Plan For Mosque Near Ground Zero

"President Obama on Friday took a strong stand in favor of building a mosque near the site where Muslim terrorists flew airplanes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, breaking his silence on a political tempest that has left the country divided. Speaking at a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan, Obama framed the issue as one of religious freedom. Muslims ""have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,"" Obama said, according to a White House transcript. ""That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances."" The uproar over the proposed mosque has rekindled a debate over religious tolerance in a post-Sept. 11 society. Some relatives of Sept. 11 victims have come out against the mosque, as have prominent politicians. Republican Rep. Peter T. King of New York said Friday that Obama was wrong. ""It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero,"" King said in a statement. ""While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque, they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so much.…Unfortunately the president caved into political correctness."""