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Orrin Hatch Backs Ground Zero Mosque

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch says that the mosque and Islamic center being planned for an area near ground zero should go forward. In throwing his support for the so-called “ground zero mosque,” the conservative Utah Republican has put himself at odds with many in the GOP who generally feel that the site should be moved.

But in a local television interview over the weekend, Hatch said developers have the right to build the proposed Park51 Islamic center, which includes a mosque, two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, The Hill reported.

"If the Muslims own that property — that private property and they want to build a Mosque there, they should have the right to do so," said Hatch, who is a Mormon. "The only question is, are they being insensitive to those who suffered the loss of loved ones? We know there are Muslims killed on 9/11, too, and we know it's a great religion."

The Utah senator acknowledged that public opinion is against building the Islamic center, but he said that should not play a role in the final decision.
"That should not make the difference if they decide to do it," he said, adding that, "I'd be the first" to defend its construction.


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