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Obama Endorses Ground Zero Mosque

During a White House Ramadan dinner Friday night, President Obama followed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s lead and came out in support of Park51, the planned Muslim community center and mosque two blocks away from the World Trade Center site. “Let me be clear: As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said. “That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.” Such remarks are sure to fuel debate over the mosque, with Republicans like Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani speaking out in sharp opposition to the plans. Tim Brown, a 9/11 first-responder, isn't happy, either. He called Obama’s remarks “upside down” and “anti-American.”