“This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.” ~ President Barack Obama
…reluctantly enters into the Park51 (9/11 “Mosque”) debate. It’s not a mosque, in any case, and it’s not at Ground Zero. But Palin, Giuliani (for shame), Gingrich and many, many others have lined up against the Freedom of Religion and separation of Church and State as outlined by our Founding Fathers in our First Amendment, no less. Guess all that talk about the sanctity of the Constitution is just inconvenient, now.
Mayor Bloomberg, on the other hand:
“…this proposed mosque and community center in lower Manhattan is as important a test of the separation of church and state as we may see in our lifetime, and I applaud President Obama’s clarion defense of the freedom of religion tonight,” Bloomberg said.
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White House officials said earlier in the day that Mr. Obama was not trying to promote the project, but rather sought more broadly to make a statement about freedom of religion and American values. “In this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion,” Mr. Obama said at the Coast Guard station. “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about.
“And I think it’s very important as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.”
Read more for Gingrich’s comments comparing the Mosque to building a Nazi Church by a Holocaust Memorial. Gingrich is intelligent man. But he’s gone off the deep end, upping his rhetoric and dimming his insight—perhaps because he hopes to run for president in 2012.