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14 August 2010 :: 12:08:12 pm 35266

Obama Backs Ground Zero Mosque Project

Obama has given his full backing for the controversial ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ close to the 9/11 site which has been strongly opposed by the US Conservatives along with many New Yorkers.
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US 14th August 2010: Obama stated that he believes the “Muslims have the right to practice their religion as is anyone else in the US, which includes the right to build a mosque for their place of worship and a community center on private land in lower Manhattan. This is America and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.”

Approximately 2,750 people were killed when hijackers from the Muslim militant group al Qaeda flew two passenger planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001. Friends and relatives of those killed in the incident have campaigned to put a stop the mosque being built near the ground say it is a betrayal of the memory of the victims.

Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice president candidate is among those who have called for the proposals to be scrapped. Since taking office, Obama has supported the Muslims and its culture, many of whom have felt targeted by the “war on terror” and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Obama made his comments during a dinner he hosted at the White House in celebration of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and saying that “Qaeda was not synonymous with Islam. These are not religious leaders they are terrorists who murder innocent men, women and children.”

Michael Bloomberg a New York Mayor has firmly supported the community center project as have many other religious organizations. According to a Marist Poll released this week, 53% of New Yorkers have opposed it.

Reggie Colbeck

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