The wingbags and know-nothings have (quite predictably) jumped all over it, but President Obama got in right the other day on the proposed mosque two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City.
As the president noted, the United States of America permits freedom of religion. Indeed, the First Amendment establishes that principle, independent of popular opinion.
Unlike some autocratic nations, the U.S. doesn't tell people what to believe or how to worship. The U.S. is not, and should never be, a place were the government dictates religious beliefs or doctrines.
Sure, that's an unpopular position, which is why we need the First Amendment and a president who supports it wholeheartedly.
Over at The Daily Beast, writer Mark McKinnon has offered his considered opinion. It's worth a look. His comments are here: Obama Was Right on the Mosque