President defends right to build Ground Zero mosque
For 9/11, Obama pleads for tolerance
By Sheldon Alberts, Postmedia News
September 11, 2010
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the right of Muslims to build a mosque near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, making an emotional appeal to Americans to show religious tolerance as the United States commemorates the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
"This country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal, that they have certain inalienable rights; one of those inalienable rights is to practise their religion freely," Obama said at a White House news conference.
"And what that means is that if you could build a church on a site, if you could build a synagogue on a site, if you could build a Hindu temple on a site, then you should be able to build a mosque on the site." the rest
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