Det er vanskelig å fatte hva som fikk Barack Obama til å støtte byggingen av en moske nær Ground Zero i et valgår. 70 % av amerikanerne er mot, viser en CNN-Opinion Research-måling.

Mr Obama has lost the political high ground and on the mosque issue – where emotions are far more likely than logic to win the argument – his stand will not go down well at the voting booths in November.
«President Obama is wrong,» said New York Republican congressman Peter King. He added: «It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero.»

The former House speaker, Republican Newt Gingrich, says it is a «test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites.» According to a CNN-Opinion Research poll released this week, nearly 70 per cent of Americans oppose the mosque plan.

Hva Obama sa om Ground Zero-moskeen:

(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the country’s founding principles demanded no less.
«As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,» Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York and the nation.

«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. «This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.»

«Our capacity to show not merely tolerance, but respect to those who are different from us — a way of life that stands in stark contrast to the nihilism of those who attacked us on that September morning, and who continue to plot against us today,» he said.

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Barack Obama’s Ground Zero mosque plea will cost him and the Democrats votes
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