JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The proposed Ground Zero mosque has spawned criticism from those who say it's too close to the site of the world trade center, including United States Senator Roger Wicker.
In a tour at Eaton Corporation in Jackson Monday, Wicker said he thinks the president should ask the Muslim community to build the mosque elsewhere.
Since Friday President Barack Obama has faced criticism after he said Muslims have the right to practice their religion at a mosque in lower Manhattan.
"I think the message from the leader of the free world, the message from the commander-in-chief of our armed forces should be that the mosque should not be built there. And we ought to be working with them to make it clear there will be consequences down the road if they proceed with this," said Wicker.
Wicker said he was in the Pentagon the morning of 9/11 meeting with Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He said about 40 minutes after he left the plane crashed into the building.
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