Does Sarah Palin Blame American Muslims for 9/11?

Sarah Palin closed a recent Facebook note regarding the dust up between the NAACP and the Tea Partiers with the sentence, “It is time to end the divisive politics.” Fresh on the heels of that, however, she is leaning on American Muslims to reject the mosque proposed to be built near Ground Zero. I don’t know, Sarah Palin, but that seems about as divisive as politics can be.

From Politics Daily:

Sarah Palin has a new cause – the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in New York.

On Sunday, via the social networking site Twitter, the former Alaska governor asked “peace-seeking” Muslims to understand that the mosque will interfere with recovery from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Whoa. A house of worship will interfere with the nation’s recovery from 9/11? That has to be the most asinine thing I’ve heard in my life. That’s like saying that no Catholic churches should be located near schools because some rogue priests are pedophiles. It is completely counterproductive to building bridges toward peace, acceptance, and understanding. It is in direct contrast to the very Constitution that the Tea Party claims to hold so dear.

Politics Daily has a rather entertaining account of Palin’s Tweets on the subject.

“Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing” Palin tweeted from her BlackBerry.

Earlier Sunday afternoon, Palin tweeted, “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”
(But she likely meant “repudiate.”)

Six minutes later, Palin asked New Yorkers to reject the mosque. She wrote, “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.”

Palin, who has 190,000-plus Twitter followers, deleted the original post with the misspelling and posted this note: “‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it! “

Uh … sorry, sweetheart, but you’re no Shakespeare. And anyway, there’s a world of difference between allegedly coining new words and using the wrong one. As far as I’m concerned, Palin’s Twitter account shows both her true colors and her idiocy. Palin also uses Facebook to lasso up some followers. Oh, and she also endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte in my home state … Mama Grizzlies are coming to New Hampshire, evidently, and I am not happy.

So what about that mosque?

Currently, there are plans to build a $100 million 13-story mosque and Muslim community center two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City. It has already received some of its building permissions. The center would include a swimming pool, auditorium, exhibit space and a worship area.

In June, thousands protested the proposed projects. Bill Keller, a Christian televangelist and leader in the Birther movement has said he will build a Christian center in the same vicinity.

The mosque has the support of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Okay, let me be very clear on this. 9/11 was a horrible day for every American, a day that will live in infamy. Those that planned and perpetrated the attacks should burn in hell forever for shedding innocent blood. You can probably imagine that I’m not the biggest fan of George W. Bush, but I was shedding literal tears of pride when he was at Ground Zero with the bullhorn and when he threw out that first pitch at Yankee Stadium. I was proud that he was my president at those moments, and I was touched and awed by his courage. I mean, protected as the airspace might have been, he was a sitting duck and he got out there and did what he had to do to reassure the American people.

I guess what I want to make sure you understand is that I love my country very much, that I am patriotic, and that I would love to see Osama bin Laden’s head on a platter as much as the next person. The fact that I think Sarah Palin’s vocal pleas to people who happen to share a religious base with bin Laden (and by that I mean you can put Catholics and Southern Baptists under the Christianity umbrella, but you can’t make blanket statements about “Christians” without taking the many and varied differences into consideration) are ignorant at best and more likely than not crossing the line into racism does not change my love for America.

And Bill Keller, if you want to get all passive aggressive build a Christian center in the same vicinity, more power to you. Perhaps that will open your eyes to the fact that, as John F. Kennedy said, “We all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

I’m not alone in my feelings here (both CBS and NBC refused to run an ad entitled “Kill the Ground Zero Mosque”), but there are two things that really bother me. First, that a politician on the national stage can make such blatantly racist remarks and completely get away with it … and second, that I am going to be accused of unpatriotism (haha, that’s a joke) for what I’ve written here.

Your thoughts on this?



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23 thoughts on “Does Sarah Palin Blame American Muslims for 9/11?

  1. lâ ilâha illallâh

    “There is no god but Allah”

    The translation of Allah? God.

    What a lot of people don’t realize is that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God. There are a few differences – the main difference being that Christians feel that Jesus is the son of God.

    The Jews and Muslims don’t believe that the Messiah has come yet – although Muslims (oddly enough, I don’t know the Jewish position) believe that Jesus was a prophet, much like Mohammed.
    The Qurran also has a lot of the same books as the Christian Bible.

    It is past time for people to lose their fear of others because they look different and have different customs than we do. We have more in common than most of us realize.

    I am reminded of my Mom’s story of when she was growing up in a coal mining town. Her parents strictly forbade her to go on a certain street in the tiny town that they lived in because it was the beginning of “The Russian Patch” and those people were evil – it was rumored that they ate cats and would steal children.

    Damn Russians.

  2. It’s pretty tragic that the intentions of a few radicals are now being blanketed over an entire religion- and that a centre stage politician is unable to decipher between a small group of terrorists, and roughly 2 billion people who practice the Islamic religion.
    I think this is just the sort of healing that those still grappling with the destruction of the Twin Towers could use- a real example of the Islamic community could potentially disseminate any hatred New Yorkers may still feel in confusing the Taliban with Muslims as a people.

  3. I have been to NYC and 2 city blocks there is a long way!!! More than a respectable distance for even the most bigotted blame-placer… If I were a New Yorker, I’d be more offended that their streets are allowed to smell of vomit, excrement and generally rotten garbage. Times Square in July (even at night) smells absolutely vile…

  4. Ok yeah, I forgot to say- SP is out of her element!! She should have risen no higher in politics than as a PTA mom. But then again, I wish all politicians were as transparent as she is…

  5. I don’t have the time for any religious zealot,any faith. Why don’t we let the people of New York decide,put it in the next election.

  6. I’ve got to agree with Jess on this one. Two blocks away from Ground Zero? No problem.

    Playing devil’s advocate, I can understand why some people might find this objectionable. As Blurry hit upon, there are still so many people out there who through either stupidity or ignorance lump the terrorists of 9/11 together with all followers of Islam.

    What I find more troublesome, is that a potential presidental candidate is one of those people.

    (Jess, The pralines were awesome as was Savannah. I have never met more friendlier people in my life. We loved Savahhana!

    • I’m soo glad you liked it, I’ve sorta fallen in love with GA… maybe I was a southern belle in a past life-lol!

    • I’ll tell you what I find troubling,because of political correctness people want to forget that the terrorists were indeed muslim. It was a radical element of Islam,but it was Islam none the less.

      • You need coffee, dear.

        Shall we forget that the perpetrators of the Spanish Inquisition were Catholics? Catholics who were torturing and killing far more people than were killed in the 9-11 bombings. A conservative estimate is reported to be 5,000 people. Naturally, they were tortured first.

        How about the 1400 civilians that Israel killed by dropping white phosphorous bombs on? And those are the lucky ones – they are dead.

        Let’s not forget Scott Roeder – the self described born again Christian who shot Dr. George Tiller in church because Dr. Tiller was an abortion provider.

        I could go on and on and on.

        The point that I’m trying to make is this – every religion has its fringe element. More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.

        I’m not going to judge any religion based on the actions of a few (proportionately speaking).

        • Amen.
          If we are going to suggest that the actions of an individual are in direct correlation to the category that they belong in, then we might as well open up the firing line to all of the categories they belong in.
          Therefore, in order to protect the emotional states of the fragile beings in New York, the following will not be allowed near the site previously housing the Twin Towers:
          -anyone with brown skin (which may be expanded to include any other ethnicities which the people of New York find objectionable)
          -anyone who has spoken ill of America
          -anyone who has been stopped by American airport security
          -men
          -anyone else who may offend the delicate sensibilities of New Yorkers (and by New Yorkers, clearly we mean New Yorkers who do not fit into any of the above categories).

        • It would have helped a great deal if main stream Islam would have denounced the actions of those nut jobs,didn’t see any of that. I don’t like catholics either,LOL. After the day I had,I don’t like anyone!

      • There isn’t really a huge mainstream Muslim voice in the US, though. Muslims are a fairly quiet minority, so it doesn’t surprise me that there was no huge public Muslim backlash. Hell, if I were a Muslim right after 9/11, I would have been afraid to go out because of the potential hate crimes directed at me.

        There have been official statements condemning the actions taken by the terrorists, but they have never been widely publicized.

  7. When I first heard about the proposed mosque, my gut reaction was concern that it might be insensitive to build it. Then I realized how ridiculous that reaction was. Muslims =/= terrorists, duh. In all actuality, I would love it if they built a Christian center nearby as well. It can be like a great orgy of religiosity and whatnot.

  8. Katie…How are we supposed to have a fight with each other when the comments are only one or two words across…….Please someone fix these comments……

  9. Funny thing is I bet that, with almost no exception whatsoever, the people who are the most blisteringly, bile-spewingly enraged about this mosque are people who have never and have no intentions of ever setting foot in Manhattan in their lives.

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  14. I think she is right and I would request all christian and white americans to reflect on this for it was their forefathers who developed this wild red indian landscape into the world success story. Frankly it was the european pioneers of the current white american population that created this land of opportunity and further opened to those of the 3rd world. I am an indian and I know it. But today their asked to give prove of their democratic principles of equality , liberty and peacefull coexistence by muslims immams from those muslim countries who do not even have any of these democratic principles. The muslim immigrants failed to teach the younger generation of what america gave them and stands for. Hence the disloyalty we see today. But this is not a oversight but deliberate muslim/islamic policy. As a Hindu indian I am happy to see america and europe undergoing the present crisis with muslims. For we hindus in india have suffered for the past 60 years with americans and europeans always advising us ” how can such a small minority be a threat”. Well today you probably know. Well atleast Sarah has got it right. Otherwise she could have aimed for the muslim vote bank as indian politicians do.

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