Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ''Ground Zero Mosque'') near the World Trade Center site?"
"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."
Ramadan Dinner speech, www.whitehouse.gov, Aug. 13, 2010
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the WTC Muslim Center. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to WTC Muslim Center.
Involvement and Affiliations:
44th US US President, Jan. 20, 2009-present US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2009 Member, Environment and Public Works Committee, 2005-2006 Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Member, Foreign Relations Committee Member, Veterans' Affairs Committee Member, Illinois State Senate, 1997-2004 Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004 Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985 Former Teacher, Constitutional Law