On Friday, President Obama said he supports the right for an Islamic center to be built near Ground Zero.
“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,” he 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. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.”

He gave his remarks during an iftar, a meal to mark the end of that day’s Ramadan fast. Worldwide Muslims are observing the holy month of Ramadan, during which they fast, pray and spend a lot of time reading the Quran. This year, it ends in early September.
His remarks also come amidst growing hostility Muslims face across the country. A Florida church has gained attention for organizing “International Burn a Quran Day” to coincide with the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11. Muslims also are encountering opposition to plans to open new mosques in communities such as Murfeesboro, Tenn.; Temecula, Calif.; and Sheboygan, Wis.
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