As a constitutional lawyer and scholar, what else is the President of The United States supposed to do? Pander to his detractors so that they will feel better about him? They’ll continue to hate his guts either way. They will always hate him, so detractors be damned.
This man is standing by his convictions. For those who will resurrect the “Obama is a Muslim” meme, please, just go away and find something constructive to do with your lives.
As for Fox News Channel’s response, it will be an incessant week-end of castigating the POTUS and demands for him to be impeached. I’m glad he waited to drop this bombshell on a Friday. That way, by Monday it will be a three day old story and Robert Gibbs will hold his daily press briefing and clarify all the misconceptions, innuendos and lies that will have popped up from the right wing media between now and then.
Good for you Mr. President, for standing by yourt convictions and your knowledge of what the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clause means.
UPDATE: For those persons who will ask why was President Obama at a Muslim Dinner celebrating Ramadan, just look at this…then hush!
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed allowing 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 everyone else in this country,” Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City 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.”
Obama made the comments at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The White House had not previously taken a stand on the mosque, which would be part of a $100 million Islamic center two blocks from where nearly 3,000 people perished when hijacked jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Press secretary Robert Gibbs had insisted it was a local matter.
It was already much more than that, sparking debate around the country as top Republicans including Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich announced their opposition. So did the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group.
Obama elevated it to a presidential issue Friday without equivocation.
While insisting that the place where the twin towers once stood was indeed “hallowed ground,” Obama said that the proper way to honor it was to apply American values.
“Our capacity to show not merely tolerance, but respect towards those who are different from us – and that way of life, that quintessentially American creed, 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. Continue reading…