Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid came out today against the Ground Zero mosque, while recognizing the First Amendment right to freedom of religion. Which puts him basically in line with President Obama.
"The First Amendment protects freedom of religion. Senator Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built some place else," a spokesman for the Nevada Democrat said in a statement.
"Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.""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," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."Asked Saturday about the issue during his trip to Florida, Obama said: "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding."