Last night, President Barack Obama defended the right of the lower Manhattan Islamic center to exist, as per the First Amendment. The weekend Fox & Friends crew weighed in this morning, and while they still exhibited some discomfort with the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” they praised the President for doing his job and “stand[ing] up for religious freedom.”
While host Alisyn Camerota noted that there was a critical question regarding whether or not the president should be talking about “what some say is a local issue,” she found his response apt, as “he has to stand up for religious freedom” as the head of the country. Her co-hosts, Clayton Morris and David Briggs, agreed– “absolutely, he has to defend the Constitution.”
Briggs added the only possible critique he thought the president would receive for jumping into the debate, that perhaps “people would have liked it if he had spoken a little more to people’s sensibilities,” citing polls that show that while most Americans agree that the Islamic center should legally be allowed to exist, many are uncomfortable with its location.
The segment from this morning’s Fox & Friends below:
[h/t Think Progress]
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