Saturday, August 14, 2010

Media Misstates Obama's Position on Mosque; Obama Clarifies Stance

President Obama has clarified his comments regarding the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque." Yesterday, Obama endorsed the constitutional rights of individuals who want to locate a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center. Many of the media headlines on the story falsely implied that Obama explicitly supported building a mosque near ground zero.

Obama has now emphasized that he only embraced the rights of the proponents of the mosque -- rather than the wisdom of the project:
President Obama said on Saturday that in defending the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque near Ground Zero he was “not commenting on the wisdom” of that particular project, but rather trying to uphold the broader principle that government should treat “everyone equal, regardless” of religion.
For what it is worth, Dissenting Justice anticipated this distinction and described Obama's position as follows: "Obama strongly endorsed the rights of the individuals who want to build the mosque" (italics added).

Also on Dissenting Justice:

Media Continues to Misstate Obama's Position on Mosque.

Sarah Palin's Two-Faced Arguments Regarding "Ground Zero Mosque"

2 comments:

Alessandro Machi said...

huh?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Not a huh moment for me. It is very easy to support rights -- even if you don't tell someone how to exercise those rights. Media Continues to Misstate Obama's Position on Mosque

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