The Ecumenical News International (ENI) website reports today (August 17, 2010) that U.S. President Barack Obama's remarks that Muslims have the right to build a proposed Islamic mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City have triggered strong condemnation for his political opponents.
For example, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich -- believed by many to be the leading 2012 Republican Party presidential candidate -- said Obama was "pandering to radical Islam."
Gingrich added, "Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C."
Obama's comments were made at an August 13 presidential White House dinner to mark the celebration of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. In his address, the President praised the "unshakable" commitment the U.S. has shown to the protection of religious liberty.