Sarah Palin to Muslims: Reject Ground Zero Mosque
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.")
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! "
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."