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Sarah Palin won't back down on the controversial Ground Zero mosque.

Late Saturday afternoon, Sarah Palin hit President Barack Obama with a list of questions in a Facebook post titled "Legitimate Questions for the President." Obama said he supported the mosque Friday night at a White House celebration to mark Ramadan. Palin adamantly opposes the mosque.

In his speech, Obama said: "I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground."

Palin lashed out in her brief post. "Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people?" she wrote. "Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade."

The pay grade reference hearkened back to a 2008 campaign forum hosted by the Rev. Rick Warren between Obama and Sen. John McCain. Warren asked Obama, "Forty million abortions, at what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?"

Obama responded, "Well, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."

Last month, Palin asked New Yorkers and Muslims to reject construction of the mosque in a now infamous Facebook and Twitter post in which she used the word "refudiate" when she meant "repudiate."

On Friday night before Obama's speech, Palin tweeted, "Will Obama express US lingering pain& ask Muslims for tolerance by discouraging 9/11 mosque while he celebrates Islamic holy month tonight?"

Palin certainly got her answer from Obama and responded accordingly. She asked Obama why he wasn't encouraging the mosque developers to accept Gov. David Paterson's offer of state property as a possible site. Paterson's office would have to competitively sell state land by a bidding process.

"If the sponsors were looking for property anywhere at a distance that would be such that it would accommodate a better feeling among the people who are frustrated, I would look into trying to provide them with the state property they would need," Paterson said last week.

However, Paterson supports the project but says he is "sensitive" to those who oppose the project. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also supports the mosque.

Palin asked Obama, "Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as 'hallowed ground'? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask."

On Saturday before Palin's post, a CNN reporter asked Obama, who is visiting Florida, about his Friday night comments. Obama said, "My intention was to simply let people know what I thought, which was that in this country we treat everyone equally, in accordance with the law, regardless of race regardless of religion. I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there."

Later in the day, White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said Obama was not backing down on his Friday night remarks. Instead, Burton said, "It is not his role as president to pass judgment on every local project."

Burton also said that it was Obama's duty to stand up for the constitutional principle of religious freedom and equal treatment for all Americans.

"What he said last night, and reaffirmed today," Burton said, "is that if a church, a synagogue or a Hindu temple can be built on a site, you simply cannot deny that right to those who want to build a mosque."

In less than an hour after she published it, more than 5,000 people liked Palin's post. It had received thousands of comments.

One Palin follower wrote: "Doesn't this shlub Obama read history? The Muslims for centuries have built mosques on top of areas where there have won a major victory. They believe that killing over 3000 Americans is a major victory."

Another Palin supporter wrote, "Amen, Sister Sarah."

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truthforfreedom

I don't agree with Palin. President Obama doesn't need to say anymore. He has spoken his opinion and that's all he needs to do. We've all spoken our opinions on this subject and hopefully, by some miracle the mosque may get moved. No one has said these people should be denied their rights though, that has been said over and over again and it isn't true. The opinion has been that we don't want them to build it in that location only, not that they shouldn't have their mosque.

August 15 2010 at 11:08 AM
rlgoff

Another perspective - those who want to build the mosque and/or center realize the divisive nature of this project. Many knew that this would create a huge emotional debate, if not a growing schism in New York city and our country. Debate is healthy if it focuses on the facts and legitimate solutions. I am sure there are some who would prefer that America fall from within by the growing vitriol and confusion. How frightening to see us turn on each other!

August 15 2010 at 10:39 AM
lektrkd

This isn't a matter of SUPPORTING the building of a mosque as much as it is PROTECTING all of our citizens FREEDOM of RELIGION! Plain and simple.
Why is it every time some knucklehead does something stupid, people want to start throwing their rights and freedoms right out the window in an attempt to control others behavior?? Look at the bigger picture here!!

August 15 2010 at 10:38 AM
erlybird54

Dear Sarah,
First of all, a community center is being built, not a mosque. Secondly, the President stated that the Muslim group has a constitutional right to build the center. Next, please remember that there are extremists in ALL faiths. Please remember that a good number of the victims of the attack on 9/11 were Muslim. (I am not speaking of the terrorists who died that day.) Finaly, pese remember that Terrorism is the enemy, not Isslam.

August 15 2010 at 10:37 AM
tracyap73

Why is it when the Republican representatives are in office, Republicans say everyone should stand together and support our President but, when a Deocrat gets in office, the Republicans try to start a Holy War? Every time a Democrat gets in office we have to listen to the name calling and dirt slinging. Republicans need to practice what they preach when their party is in office, stand together as a true Nation and support our President.

August 15 2010 at 10:26 AM
Bobbiec1248

I remember watching the "Towers" coming down, aghast at what was happening in our country. New York City was "our city" at that point. Their pain was my pain. Their tears were my tears. Their loss was my loss. Their sadness was my sadness. Their grief was my grief. Their shock was my shock. Their hurt was my hurt. I will NEVER forget that attack on that day! Radical terroist islamists did much damage to innocent people. The Lord will be the final judge but at this time, I believe completely, that that area needs to be honored and hallowed and no one should be allowed to dishonor our people in that area ever again. Enough is enough and I say political correctness is inappropriate on this subject. This goes beyond "freedom" of religion. Respect and sensitivty is the issue here. Respect for our pain and loss is the topic here. This touches a sore spot and many, many, people will remember what happens here. And this imam is very aware of what it means to build near this area. Do some studying about their "religion" and see what their history tells us. Wake up, America.

August 15 2010 at 10:16 AM
LEWISNATS

So many people are wanting to condemn the entire Muslim faith community for the actions of 9/11. Wow, people are such hypocrites . I am a Christian, and only believe in the Christian faith and values, you cannot condemn an entire community when our community has so many problems of our own. For instance how many people remember the OKLAHOMA CITY FEDRAL BUILDING BOMBING? The men who did this despicable act where of the Christian Faith, to all who are Christians would you want to be labeled or have someone say you are the same as those so called men? Yes, there may have been three thousand plus to have died on 9/11 and only a few hundred in Oklahoma city, are those few hundreds of lives worth any less than the three thousand plus? How many churches are within the same amount of distance from the Federal building site there compared to a lower Manhattan Mosque. Also in the name of Christianity in Texas a mother killed her kids because she said God told her to do so, this is not the only place and time this happened. I believe a women in Tennessee did the same to her husband, would all women want to be labeled as baby killers. What about the CATHOLIC PRIEST and the accusations and convictions of child molestation and pedophilia, would it be right to put that label on all Priest, If so Why do we still have Priest involved with Catholic School around THOUSANDS OF KIDS, and attend their still Churches. While I myself may not agree with the decision, really who are we to say when we ourselves are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.

August 15 2010 at 10:15 AM
sysaphus71

The U.S.is based on freedoms.in summary:freedom OF speech,OF the Press,OF religion
(and in my mind NOT FROM religion)OF assembly, And to petition to address grievance with redress.
But this does not ensure that ABUSES of the freedoms must be accepted( my freedom ends at the tip of your nose).

At best the radical Muslims have abused their freedoms of religion and hide behind it for nefarious purposes.
This is not to say that this Mosque is to be a office of radicals.
But why with all the ill will being generated do they insist on going there when other site are available ?
Some may know that this same group had planned /offered/reviewed/ to build at a site near W23rd ST. So why not go there? Why this fascination with the WTC site.
It is a best difficult to understand how this is not a subtle message to the U.S.
that we are going to take advantage of your freedoms to establish something that in it's radical form is anti American.
Some have said ...change Muslim for Baptists.
OK...the KLAN was mostly or wholly Baptists....still this government hunted them down and disbanded them for illegal activities and crimes....how much different is this situation from that ,IF these Mosques are used nefarious purpose and are popular with Muslim radicals

August 15 2010 at 10:15 AM
itala2

She talks a lot about FREEDOM, protecting the Constitution ( when it comes to guns), etc etc but to allow the City and the State of New York their own decisions ......yeah, that's too much! That's where freedom ends.......when Palin and her followers say so.

August 15 2010 at 10:13 AM
Wayne S

The Constitution is a document that provides justice for all who are US citizens. If we were allowed to pick and choose by what we feel as individuals then the US Constitution would be worthless. When a great body of people with basic ideological principles originating out of principals that relate to justice and honor are by association made to be held responsible for the actions of others claming to represent an idea that is not with holding to these same priciples, that is injustice.

We have no right to impose any juristriction on these people wanting to build a Mosque on private property. If this is not allowed then any time some minority fanatic sect claiming to be killing and maiming in God's name for any religious sect/group, the great majority's well being will be jeapordized. This would also be an infringement on the rights of all US citizens.

The problem is history continues to repeat itself. There was a period where people were slaughtered in the name of Jesus by the Catholic Church "The Inquisition". Go figure, Christ whom it is said to have sacraficed his life for all, was then instructing the church to torture an indiviual because someone reported this indiviual for not eating pork. This then automatically was considered sufficient evidence for heresy.

We as a society can not allow these people or any people because of race/religion to come under scrutiny let alone for the actions of others. Fanatics are everywhere and are a small minority. Very few Germans were Nazi, as well as very few Italians were Fascist, it only takes a few to create upheaval. That's is why people who follow this insanity are fueling the fire of hate and distrust. It really needs to stop and until it does we are all victims of a virus that will just continue to grow. And where better to stop than in the United States, the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE or has this been forgotten as well.

August 15 2010 at 10:09 AM

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