So, first President Obama backed the building of the Ground Zero Mosque beginning with those four magic words he loves, let me be clear.
“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” Obama told an intently listening crowd gathered at the White House Friday evening to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
“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,” he said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
Then the cascades of criticism began to fall, and he felt a sudden need to clear up, and clarify hs meaning. So let him be clear again
During a trip to Florida for a family vacation, Obama said his comments from Friday night were only directed at the constitutional right of the mosque to be there, and whether preventing the mosque’s construction impinges on the right to freedom of religion.
“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” he said in response to a reporter’s question after he spoke about efforts to aid the Gulf Coast region. “I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about.”
One of the President’s spokesmen even tried to clear up, the president’s attempt to clear up his previous “let me be clear” comments
“Just to be clear, the president is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night. It is not his role as president to pass judgment on every local project. But it is his responsibility to stand up for the constitutional principle of religious freedom and equal treatment for all Americans. What he said last night, and reaffirmed today, is that If a church, a synagogue or a Hindu temple can be built on a site, you simply cannot deny that right to those who want to build a mosque.”
Well, Mr. President, glad you could clear all of that up! But, allow me to be clear, Mr. President, PICK a position, take a stand! You know, like you did on Arizona, where you are against local control. Or like you did over the Cambridge police. You know, you were decisive there, you came out and said the police acted stupidly! Maybe you should just say that the Muslims behind this mosque are acting stupidly, and being insensitive Mr. President.
Cross posted at The DaleyGator