Tags: | harry | reid | ground | zero | mosque | obama

Obama, Reid Clash on Ground Zero Mosque

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 08:17 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama respects the view of anyone -- including top Democrat Harry Reid -- who disagrees with him over the mosque to be built near the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist strikes in New York, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader who is fighting a tough reelection battle in Nevada, said Monday through a spokesman that he believes the mosque and Islamic community center should be built someplace else.

"If you look at what the president said on Friday night, he respects the right of anybody -- Democrat, Republican, independent -- to disagree with his opinion on this," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton when asked about Reid's remarks regarding the mosque.

Reid "is a fiercely independent individual; it's one of his strengths as a leader of the Democratic Party. So the president feels completely fine that he might disagree," said Burton, speaking aboard the plane taking Obama to Seattle, on the northwestern US Pacific coast.

Obama on Friday said that Muslims "have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And 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," he said.

A day later, Obama clarified that he was not commenting on "the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there," a location he acknowledged as "hallowed ground."

Republicans have denounced the planned construction on grounds that building a Muslim place of worship near the place where Islamist extremists attacked the United States is offensive to the victims of 9/11.

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Bill Clinton: Hillary Was Right About Arming Syrian Rebels

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 08:17 AM

Former president Bill Clinton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that he agreed with Hillary Clinton that the Obama administratio . . .

Morici: Reining in College Tuition and Student Debt

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 08:04 AM

Parents don't need an army of economists to tell them college is too expensive and many students will default on their e . . .

Prosecutors: Christie Bridge-gate Probe Not Over Yet

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 08:00 AM

Federal prosecutors are continuing to probe the politically motivated September 2013 lane closures of the George Washing . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved