Friday, August 20, 2010

Attorney Ted Olson, Husband Of 9/11 Victim, Backs Mosque Near Ground Zero

Ted Olson is one of the attorneys who successfully argued against Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California. He was also George W. Bush's solicitor general and the husband of conservative commentator and lawyer Barbara Olson, who died on 9/11 in the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. Olson backed President Obama's statement that Muslims have the right to practice their religion, including building a mosque near Ground Zero. Watch:

Olson: "Well it may not make me hap-- popular with some people, but I think, probably, the president 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, 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. It shouldn't be a Republican or Democratic issue, either. I believe Gov. Christie from New Jersey said it well, that this should not be in that political, partisan marketplace."

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