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August 16th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Republicans seek political gain from Obama's mosque comments

Tom Cohen
CNN

Republicans say the president disrespects victims' families

Republicans say the president disrespects victims' families

Republicans tried mightily Sunday to make a political flash point out of President Barack Obama's defense of plans to build an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero in New York.

On talk shows spanning the network and cable spectrum, GOP politicians and pundits insisted that Obama was insensitive to those who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks when he entered the debate on the issue with a White House speech marking the start of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.

Some predicted political repercussions for Democrats in November's congressional election, even though they agreed with Obama that freedom of religion is a vital part of American democracy.

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  1. ElmerG

    I totally agree with President Obama. Let's honor our Constitution!!!!! Let us respect our Muslim Americans! Muslims also died on 9/11 in those towers. Let's be true Americans and not be convenient Americans!

    Shreveport Louisiana

    August 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  2. terry

    It doesn't take a genus to figure out that this is just wrong to even consider the idea of putting a mosque near ground zero. The president should not say a thing ether way. What ever happened to seperation of church and state? We all know about the constitution and the rights people have I don't need the president to tell me that, ( I think he was just back tracking on what he first said). This is like rubbing salt in the wounds of many people who will spend the rest of their lifes with the memories of that tragic day. When Japan bombed pearl harbor do you think for even a second that they would allow a japanize temple to be built anywhere close to the harbor?

    August 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  3. IKHAN

    Hi Anderson,
    its shameful & against the very spirit of America the way republicans are trying to munch hay from a non-issue.
    The way they are playing right into the hands of those handful of fanatics who posing as 'Christians' are defiling what Jesus Christ always stood for and sowing seeds of hate & intolerance.Secularity, the underlying theme-the separation of religion & state is being flaunted.
    Its a crying shame & downright fascism.

    August 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  4. Lorraine

    I truly believe that a mosque built near ground zero is a slap in the face to all families that lost loved ones in wtc bombing,,It has nothing to to with religion freedom, it is very disrespectful . How would presedent Obama feel if one of his relatives or good friends died that terrible day,,

    August 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  5. Kristin

    There should not be a Mosque near or on Ground Zero. Why would they worship on Ground Zero where thousands of American people died? Doesnt make sense to me... I respect those who have died that day and always will.

    August 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  6. marilyn yick

    What? You mean these "patriots" don't believe in the Constitutional right to freedom of religion? Shame on those self-righteous hypocrites. I am so proud of our President who has the courage to speak what is right instead of what he thinks is politically expedient.

    August 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm |