I do not post on this forum often, but I was frankly surprised that this topic is not already being hotly contested here.
Maybe it isn't the hot-button topic I thought it was...but I wanted to post my thoughts at any rate.
So here goes...
The way I see it, we cannot have it both ways. I don't think we can safely choose which religions are to be covered under our founding principle of "Freedom of Religion". I am not personally excited about the idea of having a mosque at ground zero...but (to be honest) I wouldn't feel great about having a Catholic Cathedral there either (or a Jewish Synagogue...or a Mormon Temple...or a...you get the idea). If I were a citizen of the city of New York/Manhattan, I would likely be quite upset with whomever it was that sold the property to the Muslim group that wants to build their mosque there...primarily because of the controversy it has now cast on the city and the likely negative impact it will have on tourism in the future, etc. But, the deed is done. The property is now privately owned by a group that has plans to build a structure that by all accounts is fully within the existing codes and statutes that govern such construction.
We don't have to like it...but some of us raised our hand and swore to defend the constitution that protects this group's right to pursue their faith. Unless they are doing something illegal or subversive, they have the same rights as any other religious organization.
P.S. I did not vote for President Obama and will not do so if he runs again. I am generally conservative in my politics. I am not Muslim. I did spend 20 years in uniform.