Palin’s Bigoted Anti-Mosque Twitter Fight Also Needs Spell Check
July 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Right-wing conservatives, including tea party leader Mark Williams, recently ousted from a tea party umbrella group over a racist rant, spearheaded by the propaganda triumvirate of Fox News, The New York Post and the Washington Times, have waged a war against the Muslim faith in the United States. And a proposed mosque planned for construction two-blocks away from Ground Zero in Manhattan has unleashed a bigoted campaign against it, stoking fears that it would be a breeding ground for terrorists. Over the weekend, former half-term governor Sarah Palin decided to wade into the politically charged debate on Twitter, complete with the made-up word of “refudiate.” But an aide for Mayor Bloomberg was more incensed by Palin’s fearmongering message.
On Sunday, Palin tweeted that the planned mosque was a “provocation” and a “stab” right “in the heart” against America:
“Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”
After much mockery over Palin’s use of a non-existent word, she erased the first tweet and replaced it with another message of fear, but this time using real words.
“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 followed that with:
“Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing.”
Andrea Batista Schlesinger, an aide to Mayor Bloomberg shot back at Palin:
“@SarahPalinUSA mind your business.”
Schlesinger followed her first missive, chiding Palin for her bigotry:
“@SarahPalinUSA whose hearts? Racist hearts?”
Schlesinger later deleted the tweets and replaced them with an explanation for her curt postings:
“Deleted post bc I regretted curt response. But fact is, I believe this city belongs to everyone – and no one more than another”
“Unlike @SarahPalinUSA, I was born here grew up here. Was showing off to a visitor today – look at how beautiful and diverse my city is.”
“I felt pain of 9/11, the trauma. I got through it by believing in my city. Not through fear and hate.”
Mayor Bloomberg’s office defended Schlesinger’s right to express her own opinions, but also made clear her tweets were not an official response from the Mayor.
Still, Bloomberg is pushing back against opposition to the mosque, saying religious freedom demands that all religions be treated equally.
“If Sarah Palin used all the right words, the idea expressed would still be just as wrong. So I refudiate this judgmentation of her wordery.”
Regarding the flap over Palin’s made-up word, she dismissed the controversy by comparing herself to wordsmith William Shakespeare:
“‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”
The stupid has taken over.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Therealbs2002/Sarah Palin at a campaign rally in Raleigh, NC.