President George W. Bush's former chief speechwriter and policy adviser tells Politico that President Obama was right to support the proposed mosque and Muslim community center project located two blocks from the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Michael Gerson said, "An enormously complex and emotional issue -- but ultimately the right thing to do. A president is president for every citizen, including every Muslim citizen. Obama is correct that the way to marginalize radicalism is to respect the best traditions of Islam and protect the religious liberty of Muslim Americans. It is radicals who imagine an American war on Islam. But our conflict is with the radicals alone."
Politico also notes, "President Obama's defense of Muslims' right to build a mosque near Ground Zero was a sharp rebuke to most of the contemporary Republican Party, but it was very much in line with the tone of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who had waged his own internal party wars over his insistence that Islam is a 'religion of peace.'"