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The amount of emotion expressed over placing a mosque near the former World Trade Center is surprising and befuddling to me.

For eight years we lived under a presidency that, take it or leave it, was a very divisive one and resulted in a politically fractioned nation.

I want to remind readers that this country was once known as the land of the free.

The faith that I practice is not Islam, but I certainly respect those who practice it and want to encourage them to continue their expressions of freedom.

As we feel physical pain when we get our bodies into physical shape, those who feel emotional pain when they see a mosque being built near the former World Trade Center ought to realize that it is the pain of a path towards emotional fitness.

The foresight of President Barack Obama in this uniting, American action is what makes him a great leader.

Anthony Henage
Class of ’08

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