US President Barack Obama has staunchly defended controversial plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York. What do you think of his reaction?

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 practice their religion "as anyone else". "Our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable," Mr Obama said.

Since a New York developer announced plans to build an Islamic community centre and mosque near the former World Trade Center site, prominent Republican politicians, conservative pundits and some relatives of people who died on 9/11 have criticised the project.

What do you think of Obama's stance on the issue? Is this a question of religious freedom? Are critics of the project right to protest?