US President Barack Obama has staunchly defended controversial plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.
Opponents have protested against the construction of an Islamic cultural centre and mosque several hundred feet away from the site of the Twin Towers.
Mr Obama acknowledged "sensitivities" surround the 9/11 site, but said Muslims have the same right to practise their religion "as anyone else".
"Our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable," Mr Obama said.
BBC News - Obama defends right to build mosque near 9/11 site
Can our Members of Parliament learn from this?! I remember a while ago when certain MPs raised hell on non Muslims celebrating their religious occasions in Kuwait. Let's not take as example countries that infringe on Muslims' freedom (France with banning the headscarves and Switzerland banning minarets for example). Let's look at the bright examples of religious freedom and welcome people to practice their religion here, the same way Muslims (citizens or not) are welcomed to practice their religion abroad.