Harry Reid: “Ground Zero Mosque” Should Be Built Somewhere Else
The Senate Majority Leader has weighed in on the construction of an Islamic Community Center at the former location of a Burlington Coat Factory:
Now that President Obama has addressed and amplified the issue, the political debate over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero is being felt far from Lower Manhattan, in political races across the country.
But candidates could find it difficult to straddle the issue, as Obama did, by expressing their support for religious freedom while refusing to take a stand on the construction of the Islamic center.
The latest to weigh in: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), who is battling to keep his seat in Nevada.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Jim Manley, Reid came out against the building of the Islamic center.
“The First Amendment protects freedom of religion,” Manley wrote in an e-mail. “Senator Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else.”
Reid issued the statement after the campaign of his Republican opponent in the election, Sharron Angle, demanded that he take a position.
In other words, Reid is in the fight of his political life and he bowed to the will of majority.
A profile in courage it ain’t.