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As opinion polls registered strong opposition to plans for an Islamic center near Ground Zero, President Obama on Wednesday issued a statement marking the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, calling the holiday "a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country."

Obama said Ramadan is a time "when Muslims around the world reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God."

He noted Ramadan's call for prayer and sacrifice and almsgiving, and said that along with the gatherings of family and friends at sundown for iftar dinners to break the daily fast, they are reminders "that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities."

As the White House released the statement, a new CNN poll shows nearly 70 percent of Americans oppose building a mosque near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, and just 29 percent support the idea.

Broken down by party affiliation, 54 percent of Democrats oppose the plans while 82 percent of Republicans disapprove of the $100-million project, which is styled after the 92nd Street Y, a major Jewish cultural center on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The proposed Cordoba House also hopes to promote interfaith dialogue and provide an alternative to the radical Islamic views espoused by the 9/11 terrorists.

"Support for the controversial project is slightly higher among younger Americans than older Americans, but even among those under the age of 50, six in ten oppose the plan," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Ramadan begins Wednesday evening at the sighting of the new moon (though the date can vary depending on the region of the world), and it continues for a lunar month. Obama is to host an iftar dinner at the White House later this week, a tradition begun by George W. Bush his first year in office and continued throughout both of his terms.

"These rituals," the president said, referring to Ramadan, "remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings."

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Farooq Khan

Principles of the US Constitutions are in harmony with the Principles of Holy Quran.

For a detailed analysis, plese check:

August 14 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Farooq Khan

Hello There.

US Constitution allows freedome of religion and so does Quran. Such a freedom is basis of USA. It can not be taken away by simple majority as it will be a demolition of a basic principle of US COnstitution.

Yes, Islam has been a part of America from very begining.

For example look at the the Treaty of Tripoli, which can be seen at:

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Thomas Jefferson had a Quran:
Thomas Jefferson’s Quran:

John Adam’s had the Holy Quran: or

The following links show early favorable discussions about Muslims:
Letters of Delegates to Congress: Volume 22 November 1, 1784 - November 6, 1785
Richard Henry Lee to James Madison: [cut and paste the link, the link itself does not work when clicked] ç include the two brackets.

A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke 1689

Knowing about Islam and the Holy Quran, deliberate decisions were made to provide religious freedom by our founding fathers and thus reflected in our constitution:

The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom Thomas Jefferson, 1786

Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments James Madison 1785

Frieze showing Muhammad on the supreme court’s North Wall Frieze:

HOWEVER. SHARIA is NIETHER proven from the holy Quran and NOR can be admitted to USA as a LEGAL System. Principles of the US COnstitution are in complete Harmony with the Principles of the HOLY Quran.

Thanks for writing an excellent article but it lacked key facts.

August 14 2010 at 11:35 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Oh, please, Sharia? Not for me thank you. I have no room for the Koran obscurantism in my daily life. Theya re NOT like us.

August 13 2010 at 5:11 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

That's the absurdity of all this "political correctness". We are supposed to be "more like them" and not the reverse when they come here from foreign countries. We are supposed to be "more tolerant" but it's always a one way street...

August 12 2010 at 11:25 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

OK, so what are the signifigant contributions the Muslims have made to our country? The real problem is that the Muslims don't accept any other religion and use Sharia law as a means of keeping the muslim population in check. I guess if you can accept women being treated like dogs and ultimatley stoned for some pretty minor stuff or if you can accept the fact that the religion itself promotes the destruction of other religion, then you should become a muslim. The real issue is that there is little tolerance within the relgious teachings to recognize other religions and anyone not a part of Mohamads teaching is considered an infidel.

August 12 2010 at 9:47 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

Yes Mr. Obama, they were a big part of America on September 11, 2001. We'll never forget them for that.

August 12 2010 at 9:19 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

Mr Michael, on what rights do Jews have to build a temple in Mecca, or Christians a church there? I think it can be possible because Islam is a tolerant religion. Try and is what happens.What do you think makes America a great country. Muslims, Christians, all tribes and religions found on this planet enjoying equal rights! The founders of USA had very strong binoculars in the planning for America. It is few uncivilized people who are extremists in their thinking and not different from Terrorists that want to spoil the good America holds for humanity.
Issa Kirarira

August 12 2010 at 12:15 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

I cook popcorn every day and now that it is Ramadan, I had a boss tell me that it is insensitive to do that with members of the Islam faith in the office. What! I didn't see anyone being sensitive when I was fasting for Lent. Besides, when the sun goes down, they feast away. We don't do that in Lent and besides it says in the bible to keep your fasting to yourself so only you and God can see the sacrifice. I don't bother them to sacrifice for my religion so don't expect me to sacrifice to theirs.

August 11 2010 at 11:38 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply

I am really beginning to believe that Pres. Obama is so isolated that he does not understand how upset the American people are over this mosque. It has re-opened wounds that were barely starting to heal. I feel the pain and fear I felt on 9/11 all over again and I didn't even live in New York. Why must we be tolerant? Why aren't the muslims building this mosque being compassionate and considerate? "justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings"? I don't think so!

August 11 2010 at 11:15 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
Rob & Kathy

Margaret 6:59 PM Aug 11, 2010 Never ceases to amaze me how you right-wingers consider one religion more important than another.
Muslims don't believe Islam is more important than Judaism?...

August 11 2010 at 10:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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