Mosque Controversy Becomes National Incident

By: CBS
By: CBS

Plans to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center have gone from a local issue to a national controversy.

Republicans say they have new ammunition against democrats in Vovember's mid-term elections.

"The White House, the Administration, the President himself seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America," Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, told Fox News Sunday.

The GOP slammed President Obama Sunday for comments he made about a controversial plan to build a mosque near Ground Zero.

The President said, "Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in the country."

He appeared to clarify later, saying while Muslims have the right to build a mosque that doesn't mean they should.

"He can't be changing his decision from day to day on an issue which does go to our constitution," said Rep. Peter King, R-NY.

Republicans argue the proposed plan is insensitive. According to recent polls, nearly two-thirds of Americans are also against it.

Still, supporters including New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg insist religious tolerance is the best answer to religious extremism.

"This wouldn't be a controversy if it was a proposal to build a synagogue or a church,” said Tim Kaine, DNC Chairman. “We don't punish people for religion."

While republicans warn the controversy could spell trouble for democrats in the fall, many democrats believe voters will be focused on bigger issues.

"I can't imagine that any American, given the challenges facing this country, is going to vote based on what he said about the mosque," said Gov. Edward Rendell, D-Penn.

They say jobs and unemployment will dominate the elections.


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  • by rodsmith on Aug 17, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    i agree joshua.. this war has been going on for 1,000s of years now but till we found oil there and needed it desperatly they had no power over us. How they would treat us is easy to see. Just look at any country under islamic law.
  • by Joshua Myers Location: Samson on Aug 16, 2010 at 07:44 AM
    Anyone that has not realized this is a war that is based solely on religion is in the dark. The only reason that the various islamic terrorist groups have attacked us and continue to fight us is that the koran and the islamic faith are about the destruction of anyone who is not muslim. Anyone that says they are muslim and not violent is not a true muslim. We are in another holy war. The problem is that the muslims wont beat us, our government will.
  • by JW Location: Dothan on Aug 16, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    That's just like a slap in the face to anyone who lost a loved one in 9/11. It is just downright disrespectful and insensitive for them to build that mosque so close to the Trade center. The extremists also don't care just how "tolerant" you are of their religion, they'll hate your guts just the same anyways. Of course noone would be complaining if a church were being built there because, duh, Christian extremists didn't cause that. If whoever was in charge of having that built there had any sort of remorse for what had happened, they would choose another spot to build the mosque. Just goes to show you how sympathetic they are to the victims of 9/11.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2010 at 04:40 AM
    This Slap in the Face,Always was a National Issue. CBS has their head stuck in the Sand.
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