In New York plans to build a Muslim cultural centre and Mosque near the ground zero site of the September 11th attacks have come under further political scrutiny.
A senior democrat has for the first time broken ranks with President Obama challenging the proposals.
“Our constitution gives us freedom of religion. I think that it is very obvious that the mosque should be built some place else,” said Senator Harry Reid
President Obama backed the constitutional right to build the centre when speaking at a dinner five days ago.
“As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” he said.
The President has not just sparked a political debate but an emotional one. Nearly 60 per cent of Americans oppose the plan while supporters believe it is a chance to begin a healing process.