September 10th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Lori Holden

    To address the placement of the mosque.

    We live in America. In America if you own a piece of property, You should be able to build whatever you want. I understand the shock of a mosque being built there, but, none the less, this issue is one of the foundational virtues of America.

    I would like to ask, How did the Imam get control of that property in the first place and when? Anderson please answer this.

    I pray that he decides out of his love for America that he would reconsider the placement, But, even if he does not, America has to stand on the principles of Liberty and Freedom.

    In Peace and Love Always....christiansister

    September 11, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  2. Paul

    To all those "people" who equate Mosque building/cancelling to Quran burning/cancelling, PLEASE READ THIS:

    Building the mosque is ok because we're not at war with Islam, we're at war with Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda DOES NOT REPRESENT ISLAM. The only way to be offended by a Mosque being built is if you think ALL Muslims (or at least a substantial number of them) are responsible for 9/11, WHICH THEY ARE NOT.

    Burning Qurans is not ok because it inflames people who are otherwise our allies and friends, and it gives fuel to Al Qaeda to say "Look, people in the US really hate Muslims". Now, the people who say those things would be WRONG, but nonetheless it gives them some amunition to say such things.

    So, while both activites are allowed by LAW, one of them is a normal course of every day life (unless you think most Muslims are terrorists), while the OTHER is an inflammatory act that only goes against our best interests.

    Honestly, this is not a rhetorical question: Why is it that you don't get that?

    September 11, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    The first 17 words of the 1st amendment of the (in the bill of rights)constitution are unequivocal and totally emotionless as they should be.
    The President said the constitution does not favour any particular religion and he can understand the sentiments and emotions of those concerned and share thier grief as we all can and do.
    But the Inconvenient truth is it can be a an Islamic community centre (with prayer room for other faiths) and a Mosque already concessions and still not enough still the cries are move it) and that is it; incovenient though it might be or insensitive.
    Having said that no one is going to object to the re-building of the Greek Orthodox church right on ground zero... so give us all a break and respect the constitution and stop being biased for whatever reason.
    It does not stop me feeling deep sympathy an sorry for the families of victims loss, in the same way as I respect our soldiers who have died in the Iraq and Afghan wars and war on terror. least of do I argue about the religious service and location the family chooses to Remember in! Do it where you have happily done for the past 9 years and forever, this community center in reality changes nothing for victims families, anf thier ability to grieve in thier way and thier religion... please remeber some Muslims were killed at ground zero.

    September 11, 2010 at 4:17 am |
  4. David, Indiana

    The President is taking a stand and giving a clearly reasoned view of the key arguments in support of building the mosque community center. Part of the problem in the discussion I feel is getting to those key pts.

    September 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
  5. George

    I was in the U. S. Army to defend all americans, not just what religion made whom ever happy. On another note, never been able to do a poll with out choosing all republican. According to republican party I am a laid off lazy worker. Who sold out our jobs to other countries? I know it was a republican controlled congress. I always voted for who I thought would do the best for the country. The republican leaders burnt thier bridge with me.

    September 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  6. Morgon

    I find it extremely offensive that our own president and our own media will defend the mosque building on constitution grounds but will not defend the qur'an burning on constitutional grounds.

    Freedom is not free and if we hope to keep our constitutional freedoms then sometimes we must be to be willing to face whatever costs may come our way, otherwise we should just tear up the constitution and forget about it!!

    September 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  7. felix suliveres

    This man is not a Cristian Pastor for what he wants to due its a very wrong and dangerous. He's no showing the love of God on what he plannig to due. He will start a ball of fire
    in very dry and larch (FOREST)no only at home but with every american everywhere; this act will complicate the job at IRAQ AS WELL AS AFGANISTAN. This man is an Evil caracter &: WE THE PEOPLE DON'T NEED THIS, SPESIALY AT THIS (TIME)

    September 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  8. Erick K.

    Adding to the opinion I had just posted I believe that the Imam responsible for this has a great opportunity to speak to the Muslims of the world about how the situation in Florida is an isolated event, and that the majority of Americans are against the Pastor on this.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  9. Erick K.

    In my opinion the controversy surrounding this can be compared to the controversy created by the Pastor in Florida. The idea is to avoid conflict, not create it.

    September 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  10. rosa

    Why cant you see what the rest of us see?? blind as a bate!

    September 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  11. Kim

    Who does Imam Rauf report to at our US State Department? Who is Imam Muhammad Musri ? American citizens trust but verify ! "Crisis of Credibility " per Hillary Clinton !

    September 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm |