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Sarah Palin Questions Obama’s Support for Ground Zero Mosque

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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.”


Written by suziparker1313

March 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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.”

Written by suziparker1313

March 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm