9/11 Family Members Divided Over Mosque Near WTC - NBC New York

9/11 Family Members Divided Over Mosque Near WTC

A day after forcefully weighing in on issue, President clarifies his statement



    Strong reaction poured in after President Obama weighed in on the controversy of the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010)

    Some relatives of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks say they are glad to hear President Barack Obama saying that America's commitment to religious freedom must protect plans to build a mosque near grand zero.       

    Colleen Kelly lost her brother Bill Kelly Jr. in the attacks. The Bronx resident says Obama's statements Friday are in line with America's values.

    Kelly is Catholic, but on Saturday she called the mosque "in many ways ... a fitting tribute.''

    "This is the voice of Islam that I believe needs a wider audience. This is what moderate Islam is all about,'' she said.

    Opinions are mixed among family members of Sept. 11 victims.

    Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son was killed at the World Trade Center, has said the president's comments show "a gross lack of sensitivity to the 9/11 families and to the people who were lost.''