Not surprising that he bowed down to his Republican challenger. He seems to run whenever an elephant says boo, but that's a different story, for a different time.
What's at issue here is the First Amendment. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." I love how we let politicians say "I respect the constitution, except when I disagree with letting others have the same rights as I do."
The Mormon Church (which our membership in is about the only thing it seems Sen Reid and I have in common) has had trouble for years building temples. Sometimes it's simply over things like building height. However, many times it's because people don't want The Mormons to be building a Temple there.
In 1842, Joseph Smith Jr, founder of the Church, wrote a letter to John Wentworth,which contained 13 fundamental doctrines of Mormonism. These were later cannonized as the "Articles of Faith." The 11th one reads (emphasis mine):
We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
So, as an American who loves the Constitution and as a Mormon, I believe that the Islamic Community Center should be allowedto be built, evenif it is two blocks away from Ground Zero.