President Obama made his support for the “ground zero mosque” clear last night at the White House Iftar dinner, directly addressing the issue and reaffirming that (duh?) of course the President of the United States supports religious freedom. He went almost full Bloomberg, but was a bit more careful:
Recently, attention has been focused on the construction of mosques in certain communities — particularly New York. Now, we must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of lower Manhattan. The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. And ground zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.
On Islam, he said: