But instead of holding his tongue or worse pulling a Harry Reid and feeding the hate mongerers he actually stood on principle and endorsed at least the idea of the project because it falls squarely under the purview of the 1st amendment.
"I just think what's made this country great is we have religious freedom. That's not the only thing, but it's one of the most important things in the Constitution. [...]
"There's a question of whether it's too close to the 9/11 area, but it's a few blocks away, it isn't right there.... And there's a huge, I think, lack of support throughout the country for Islam to build that mosque there, but that should not make a difference if they decide to do it. I'd be the first to stand up for their rights."
It disgusts me how many Democrats don't have the courage to do the same...