After avoiding the controversy for weeks, President Obama endorsed the plan to build a mosque and Islamic center blocks away from New York's Ground Zero. "Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground," Obama said at a White House dinner commemorating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "But let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone 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."
For those that honor the Constitution's "Freedom of Religion" amendment, can you really disagree with that?
And I'll give him credit: The politically astute thing to do would be to please the masses and oppose it. Props to him.