Freedom of religion

 Posted by at 15:41  Politics, Religion
Aug 142010
 

Last night, President Obama continued the White House tradition of hosting an Iftar – the meal that breaks the day of fasting – celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. During his remarks at the Iftar dinner, President Obama indicated his support for the controversial mosque being proposed for lower Manhattan…

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.

But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And 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. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the Founders must endure.

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Weekly Address 08-14-10

 Posted by at 10:19  Politics
Aug 142010
 

“Honoring Social Security, Not Privatizing It”

From the White House weblog:

On the 75th anniversary of Social Security, President Obama promises to protect it from Republican leaders in Congress who have made privatization a key part of their agenda. He makes clear that, especially in light of the financial crisis, gambling Social Security on Wall Street makes no sense.

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The transcript of the president’s weekly address, as prepared for delivery, is available after the break.

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