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Sarah Palin to Muslims: Reject Ground Zero Mosque

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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.
"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.")
Sarah PalinSix 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! "
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.
CBS and NBC refused to air a "Kill the Ground Zero Mosque" television ad earlier this month.
Palin often takes to her Twitter to endorse candidates and signal to her followers to take a stand on issues.
Her recent tweets include a link to her "Mama Grizzlies" video that said, "Enjoy the video and please support commonsense conservative candidates who will work with you and for you to take."
Last week, a post focused on her family. "Todd,Willow & I head to Denali to climb Sweettooth=tiny sliver of Mt.McKinley, No.America's highest peak;cool air &elevation=good 4 the soul."
Palin also uses her Facebook account as a tool to reach her nearly two million Facebook fans. Last week, she wrote a note entitled: "The Charge of Racism: It's Time to Bury the Divisive Politics of the Past," taking on the Tea Party and the NAACP controversy.
She wrote, "The only purpose of such an unfair accusation of racism is to dissuade good Americans from joining the Tea Party movement or listening to the common sense message of Tea Party Americans who simply want government to abide by our Constitution, live within its means, and not borrow and spend away our children's futures. Red and yellow, black and white, this message is precious in all our sights."
Her last line of that note? "It is time to end the divisive politics."

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Janie

Freedom of religion is the freedom to worship AS you please (short of endangering or harming people, esp children). Where in the Constitution does it say freedom to worship WHERE you please? Does freedom of religion come with building permits? Could you buy a little storefront, (usually old parts of downtown with both sides of street lined with antique shops, coffee shops, dress shops, gift shops, etc) in an area where each store has 3 or 4 parking spaces in front of building, and then announce it is going to be remodeled into a church which starts at 7 AM saturdays and Sundays all day and we'll be using all the parking spaces for blocks, effectively driving the other shops out of business? Isn't that why town hall meeting are called? For locals to vote on any variences or changes in occupancy? In most towns the locals get to vote and if the consensus is not in this location, they have to choose somewhere else.

August 30 2010 at 1:45 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
homeexperts

I suppose it would be OK to build a memorial to the Nazis at Auschwitz???? Same thing as building a Mosque at Ground Zero.

August 16 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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quijeybo

Nope. Not at all.

August 22 2010 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
homeexperts

Cant stand Sarah Palin but this is one time that I actually agree with her. All the liberals that are pushing for this Mosque to built are deluding themselves that by showing good faith there will be harmony. It wont. The people overwhelmingly feel that building this Mosque so close to ground zero is incredibly insensitive and if the Muslim community in Ny had any class at all they would have found a different location. Surely this insensitivity is showing us all that they really dont give a damn abuot 9/11 nor do they care what anyone else thinks. This ios a red flag for the future. Just look at the Uk and Europeand see what has happened.

August 16 2010 at 7:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
steve

I an not sure that a mosque should be or not be a good idea on ground zero. I believe that if it is to be built there , it will be destroyed by some other group. But to put a mosque at ground zero and prove a victory, im not sure that would be a good idea. If they want to build a mosque build it some where else not in NY.I am a New York resident and i think that would cause more conflict and hatred.Because some group takes credit for the destruction of the towers doesnt really prove any thing.Only God and the people who have destroyed those building and killing thousands know.So go ahead and build the mosque and when it is finished and filled with thousands of people some one will destroy it with people in there.Do we really want to take the risk ? A decision like that is and has too much conflict already. Let the idea pass and move on . Sencerly steve, a veteran and a citizen of the United States of America...

August 15 2010 at 8:23 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
poppyrooster

building a mosque that close to ground zero is like erecting a confederate flag at the resting place of Martin Luther King.

August 15 2010 at 7:10 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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Juanita

I agree with poppyrooster. There is good and bad in every religion and race but building a mosque near ground zero is just a hit below the belt and a slap on the face to most Americans. Freedom of religion is one of our consitutional rights but I believe it can be practiced elsewhere, some place which isn't so painful for so many. Let's face it Muslims are not the most popular of people right now, an unjust fact for many of them but a fact nonetheless, why add fuel to the fire?

August 16 2010 at 7:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
William J

I do not know how to stop the mosque but the way to do it is with money, or lack of it. Someone smarter than me needs to figure out a way to take money out of nyc until somebody cries uncle. No dollar = no mosque.

August 14 2010 at 11:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Leon

To CBS and NBC, I hope you guys go belly up somehow, you are as worthless as wet tobacco!!!!!, And taste about the same

August 13 2010 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
saetia

I just read all the comments posted and I have two questions:
1st- Are most of your readers of one political ideology i.e.. "political correctness" and ignorance of the values of the majority of Americans, or only the review panel?
and
2nd- How does comment #8 fits in with your new policy? Is its language and the "tone" not derogatory and really insulting of Governor Palin? Or is disrespecting her outside of the scope of the policy?

I look forward to your explanation. Thank you.
Saetia

July 25 2010 at 8:56 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
saetia

Your decisto of ban personal attacks and smear, if applied equally across the political spectrum, is long overdue in our public forums. Hopefully all other opinion venues will follow your example.
I think that personal attacks are used by persons who have no concept of how to articulate good, sound opinions. Or by those who want to distract from important issues of the day. They really don't belong in a civilized and cultured society and add nothing to moving forward in dealing with our discrepancies in a constructive manner.
Congratulations on your new policy.
Saetia

July 25 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
aristide07

Bloomberg and Cuomo can learn a lot from Sarah Palin

July 25 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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