The latest person to weigh in on the Lower Manhattan mosque story is former Solicitor General under George W. Bush, Ted Olson. Olson, you may recall, lost his wife Barbara on 9/11 — she was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon. Earlier today Andrea Mitchell asked Olson how he felt about the building of the mosque. Said Olson:
It may not make me popular with some people, but I think the president was probably right about this. I believe 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. 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. I don’t think it should be a political issue. I don’t think it should be a Republican or Democratic issue as well.
Olson also had some kind words for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has made similar statements. One of the more interesting aspects of this case right now is how it seems entirely possible the only people who will come out of it unscathed is the Bush administration. Watch Olson’s remarks below.
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