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On Saturday, Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida said he agreed with President Barack Obama's support of building an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero.

Although the mosque is planned for New York City, Crist's pronouncement has political implications in Florida.

As CNN's senior White House correspondent Ed Henry Tweeted, "Crist backing president on mosque is a reminder it's likely he will caucus with Dems if elected to Senate as independent."

In response to Crist's comments, U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio released a statement Saturday, saying,
We are a nation founded on strong principles of religious freedom. However, we cannot be blind to the pain 9/11 caused our nation and the families of the victims. It is divisive and disrespectful to build a mosque next to the site where 3,000 innocent people were murdered at the hands of Islamic extremism. I strongly disagree with President Obama and Charlie Crist.
Clearly Florida voters will be offered a stark contrast in November.

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nflamingo

It is time America goes back to being AMERICAN

August 15 2010 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
nflamingo

People in Washington are not listening to the AMERICAN PEOPLE. Thay do nothing, but play politics. It is time America goes back to being AMERICAN.

August 15 2010 at 1:20 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Richard

We should outlaw all religious sites everywhere there has ever been a crime committed by anyone --- that should keep everyone happy.

August 15 2010 at 1:03 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
joe

Hard to understand why Charlie Crist is hanging on to Obama's coat tails while most politicians are avoiding Obama whenever possible.

August 15 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Steve!

This is not a constitutional issue, it's a humanitarian issue. Just because they have a right to build it, doesn't mean that they should. Tolerance and consideration goes both ways.

August 15 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
usccat2

Reguarding the building of the Mosque in New York City, I recall very vividly the way I felt seeing the planes crash into the World Trade Center on that day. How I could not believe that anyone would do something like that purposfully. I was glued to the TV for hours trying to get as much information as possible about the event. Trying to figure out what I could do to help, sitting way up here in Vermont. Being horrified at the destruction that was taking place. I did not know it at the time but the son of a very good friend and co-worker of mine was just entering the building for a meeting and got out of harms way by a very few minutes. I remember being totally disgusted to find out that it was Muslim terrorist that executed this plan. Now they(Muslims)want to build a Mosque near the site. Problem is that they most likely are not the terrorists who executed the attrosity, but just normal everyday people who have emigrated here for religious and political freedom. Just as it would be ridiculous to persecute all German people that emigrated here for the atrocities that Hitler engineered on the Jews during WWII. We must all remember the roots of our freedoms, that all our ancestors fought and died for, and used to make this the country that regular people come here to enjoy. We may not all agree all the time but at least we have the freedom to agree to disagree. I say give them a chance and see what they do with it.

August 15 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
RUSS ORSTED SR.

I am Florida resident that has for years been hearing the news media talk about "the popular Governor of Florida"...popular? With who? He has been a do nothing, let down for all of us. Now he wants to be our U.S. Senator? I guess when you reach a "level of incompetence" its time for a promotion. Not with me, and not with many Floridians....remember this, and Mr. Rubio needs to push this point. Charlie Crist WILL BE OBAMA'S 61st VOTE!! Wake up Florida, send "One Term Charlie" into retirement!

August 15 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
cd1075

The problem is that islam is not a religion, its is a way of life. that is the problem.they want to change the way this country operates. All you have to do is look at muslim countries to see that.

August 15 2010 at 12:01 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
csilver206

Religious freedom is decency. I learned that's what this country is all about in elementary school. You might not like the location of the mosque but they've had this property for awhile now according to the news but I understand the bitterness. I feel it too but I fight it because it would make me as bad as our enemies and that's exactly what they want, a Jihad. I thought religion (all) is supposed to preach tolerance, forgiveness and love for fellow man, etc. etc. But atheists are correct when they say it's the cause of our suffering in the world because people twist it to control the masses. Why do you people think you can change our Constitution at whim? Maybe the next time, it'll step on your toes.

Crist is an honest to goodness loyal American and Floridian. He's protected Florida more than others in recent years. Someone has to stick up for him because his party (ex)deserted him because he dared to disagree when he thought common sense for the country was more important than party loyalty.

August 15 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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casciofl

I've lived in S.Fla.for 39 years.Please tell me just how Crist protected Florida.

August 21 2010 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
melvin polatnick

Sacred grounds should be shared by all religions, a house of interfaith worship could be built near the WTC. Statues of Moses,Jesus,and Mohammed can be displayed with a Minister,Rabbi, and Imam conducting services. There is no reason why Christians,Jews,or Muslims cannot pray at the same time in the same place. God is not deaf and he can hear every voice.

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Rogell

Very good Melvin, ver good indeed...

August 15 2010 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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