08/13/2010 // Washington, D.C., US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama recently emphasized tolerance when speaking about plans for a mosque to be built near ground zero. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Obama spoke about the controversy surrounding the plans at a White House dinner Friday held in celebration of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Obama is quoted by the AP as stating, “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.”
“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… This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
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