Published: Aug 14, 2010 7:58 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 14, 2010 4:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero in New York, but he's not saying whether he thinks it's a good idea to do so.

Obama's comment Saturday during a trip to Florida expanded on a statement he made at a White House dinner on Friday. At that event, he said Muslims have the same right to freedom of religion as everyone else in America.
Obama said Saturday that he didn't comment on "the wisdom" of putting a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks - but rather was commenting on "the right" to build a mosque there.