- Mar 21, 2005
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- New York, NY
- Political Leaning
- Slightly Conservative
Howard Dean: NYC Mosque a "Real Affront" - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
Why are conservatives such hate-filled bigots?Former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont governor Howard Dean, a hero to many liberals, has called efforts to build an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks "a real affront to people who lost their lives."
"That site doesn't belong to any particular religion, it belongs to all Americans and all faiths," he said.
Meanwhile, conservative Ted Olson, whose wife died in the terrorist attacks, broke with the majority of conservatives to support the project. He said he believes President Obama "was right about this."
"I do believe that people of all religions have a right to build edifices or structures, or places of religious worship or study where the community allows them to do it under zoning laws and that sort of thing," he said on MSNBC. "And that we don't want to turn an act of hate against us by extremists into an act of intolerance for people of religious faith. And I don't think it should be a political issue."