Malapropisms, Manhattan Mosques, And Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin waded into the ongoing debate over the construction of a Muslim Cultural Center that would include a mosque in a building several blocks from site of the September 11th attacks, but not before creating yet more material for the likes of Jon Stewart and Tina Fey:
The Twittersphere erupted Sunday when former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tweeted that “peaceful Muslims” should “refudiate” the mosque being built in New York City near where the Twin Towers once stood. Palin found herself the butt of many tweets, as refudiate, of course, is not a word in the English language.
After deleting the offending tweet, Palin replaced it with another calling on “peaceful New Yorkers” to “refute the Ground Zero mosque plan,” which only added to the confusion because it would appear the word she was looking for was “repudiate.” Then came the kicker: To quell the vicious Twitter-ribbing she was receiving, Palin unleashed yet another tweet comparing herself to no less than the Bard of Avon.
Yea, you heard that right, too:
Now, that did lead to several hours of amusing Twitter exchanges under the hashtag #ShakesPalin, but the whole odd Palin Tweet stream also brings to the forefront an issue that has mostly only been covered by a few right-wing blogs:
The building’s planners, the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative, have said it’s modeled on religious and community centers such as the YMCA, and that the 13-story, $100 million building would also include an arts center, gym and a swimming pool, as well as a mosque. It would be two blocks away from Ground Zero.
The project, which has become an increasingly partisan issue in New York, received a renewed burst of national attention when CBS and NBC rejected an ad from the National Republican Trust PAC that crosscut footage of the 9/11 attacks with the sounds of Muslim prayer.
“On Sept. 11, they declared war against us,” a narrator says. “And to celebrate that murder of 3,000 Americans, they want to build a monstrous 13-story mosque at ground zero.”
This despite the fact that there is no connection between the organization that wants to establish the center and anyone associated with the September 11th attacks. The entire controversy has been tinged, unfortunately, with non-too-subtle attacks on Islam in general thanks largely to the fact that the largest voice in the blogosphere against the mosque is Pam Geller, who Muslim Derangement Syndrome is rather well documented:
This best demonstrates the territorial nature of Islam. This is Islamic domination and expansionism. The location is no accident. Just as Al-Aqsa was built on top of the Temple in Jerusalem. And what about the Hagia Sophia, the ancient cathedral of the church of Constantinople, one of the great buildings of the world, the grandest church in Christendom at that time and for 1000 years thereafter — and now a mosque? The Aya Sofya mosque — they didn’t change the name, just Islamified it.
How disgusting. The only Muslim center that should be built in the shadow of the World Trade Center is one devoted to expunging the Koran and all Islamic teachings of the prescribed violent jihad and all hateful texts and incitement to violence. The only center in the heart of the WTC should be devoted to a Vatican II for Islam. That is the only kind of Islamic center that would be appropriate, though it probably wouldn’t last two minutes without being bombed by devout Muslims.
And the anti-mosque movement isn’t limited to this location near Ground Zero, there have been similar protests over a planned mosque on Staten Island as well as in Los Angeles and, back in May, a firebombing at a mosque in Florida that remains unsolved.
There has been no evidence that any of the people associated with the Manhattan community center have committed any illegal acts. They own the property on which they wish to build this facility. For someone who believes in individual liberty, as Palin claims she does, that alone should be enough to not give in to the fear campaign that Geller and others have initiated here. It’s really rather disgusting.
To answer Palin’s initial malapropism-filled tweet, no, it’s not a mosque that stabs me in the heart, it’s people who have no respect for religious liberty, tolerance of others, and property rights.