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Durbin Supports 'Ground Zero Mosque'

By Soyoung Kwak in News on Aug 22, 2010 8:00PM

Yesterday, we reported how Gov. Quinn was against building a 'Ground Zero Mosque' in New York City. Now, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin gave his opinion and vocalized his support for a mosque (and community center) near Ground Zero today:

Durbin says he's had his differences with former President George W. Bush. But Durbin says Bush showed leadership after 9/11 by making it clear that the war was against terrorists who had perverted the teachings of Islam, not with Muslims.

Durbin says the most fundamental American value is the freedom to practice religion.

He says the nation needs to defend those who attack patriotic and peace-loving Muslim Americans.

Today in New York City, those in support and in opposition to the proposed mosque/community center near Ground Zero rallied to make their opinions known. Sen. Durbin's comments come at a time when the debate surrounding the building of a 'Ground Zero Mosque' is at its peak.