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.
“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?