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As someone who considers herself on the left politically I do not understand and I am growing more frustrated that so many people want to spark a destructive debate on the irrelevant issue that is the "wisdom" of building Cordoba House near Ground Zero.

I felt that Obama's speech (Click to read it) reminding that freedom of/from religion was part of America's foundation was fantastic. It is exactly the answer to the controversy.

But then he was asked off the cuff about whether he thought the Cordoba House was wise and he said:

"I was not commenting, and I will not comment, on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there," Mr. Obama said. "I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That's what our country is about."

Which caused the media to run with an "Obama Walks Back Speech" meme and quite a lot of people, from all over the political spectrum, ran with this. I read posts like these where liberals I look up to expressed disappointment with what they saw was a backing away from his words the night before.

I don't see any walking back going on here. I see the refusal to the issue become more heated than it already is. Sarah Palin and company know what they're doing by ratcheting up the rhetoric surrounding Cordoba House. They want people to ignore their self-interests in favor of fear of some islamic bogeyman. Obama shouldn't allow people to instigate hate and fear of each other. But of course, the debate is beneficial to the media's bottom line so we're going to have this debate whether Obama likes it or not.

This is how I feel: Wise or not, the Cordoba House has a right to be where it wants to be. Obama's opinion is irrelevant. 70% of Americans (if what I hear from polls are right) believing Cordoba House to be an unwise real estate decision is irrelevant. Sarah Palin continues, yet again, to be irrelevant. So I'd rather not see people (Harry Reid, looking at you) buying into the belief that it's relevant issue.

Someone who was disappointed with Obama's comments said:

"Is our moral compass that weak that we NEED to site(sic) the 1st Amendment to protect Muslims?"

Well, consider America's history: When was the last time minority rights and freedoms were granted by popular vote?

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