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President Obama said Muslims Have the Right

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Last week President Barack Obama addressed the Muslims at the Ramadan Iftar dinner at the White House. In his welcoming address he shared his thoughts on the proposed building of the Mosque and community center in lower Manhattan. He made clear what he thought by saying""So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. And ground zero is, indeed, hallowed ground." He then went on to say that "As a citizen and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And 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."


http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/08/the_text_of_president_barack_o.html

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This speech means that they, the Muslims have the right to build a Mosque and community center; he did not comment on whether they should build there near ground zero. Some people and politicians accused President Obama of as back sliding or back stepping, when the next day he said,.. "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there." http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/14/obama-on-islamic-center-not-commenting-on-wisdom-of-making-a-decision/

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First of all, why do some people and or politicians feel that they must interpret what he said? In his speech President Obama did not say that the Muslims should build a Mosque or community center near Ground Zero; he spoke of having the right to build in lower Manhattan. I believe that many people and or politicians hear what they want; it makes for a better platform so that they can continue to criticize and attack President Obama.

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