In typical polished politician fashion, President Obama backpedaled on statements he had made during a White House dinner on Friday, in which he ‘supported’ the construction of an Islamic community center near Ground Zero. “That includes the right to build a place of worship and community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”, said Obama, in regards to Muslims having a right to practice their religion like everyone else.
The following day, the President ‘clarified’ his remarks, stating that he “was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom to build a mosque there.” …Awww, bummer; such a short lived victory for the supporters of the community center and civil rights advocates. I suppose it got a lil’ too hot in the kitchen, as critics began coming out in full force to attack the President’s judgment for seeming to support the location of the mosque.
We can find protests against the construction of local mosques in practically every region of the country. Yet, the critics of center are asking that the developers have respect for the victims of 9/11 and not build the center so close to G.Z. I’m not sure if the critics are aware that many muslims were killed in the attacks. They’re also probably not concerned that the majority of muslims would certainly distance mainstream Islam from the extremists who commit acts of terror in the name of Allah. God forbid we actually stoop so low as to judge an entire group of people by the actions of a few, or honor the civil rights of a group of people simply because the law mandates it.