Palin: Burning Koran,’Ground Zero Mosque,’ the Same Thing
September 9, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, unlike other Republican leaders, has finally weighed in on the plans of a deranged anti-Muslim evangelical pastor to burn copies of Korans on 9/11. Did she denounce such a hateful and incendiary act, after leading the bigoted charge against the building of an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan? Uh, not really. Palin posted a missive on her Facebook denouncing Koran Burning, as “insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.” So, you see, the building of a Islamic community center two-blocks away from ground zero, that promotes peace and interfaith activities, is exactly the same thing as a radical pastor who preaches religious hate and bigotry, who plans to burn Koran Holy Books on the anniversary of 9/11; an act that may put our troops in harm’s way.
Writes Palin on her Facebook:
Koran Burning Is Insensitive, Unnecessary; Pastor Jones, Please Stand Down
Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero. [...]
Our nation was founded in part by those fleeing religious persecution. Freedom of religion is integral to our charters of liberty. We don’t need to agree with each other on theological matters, but tolerating each other without unnecessarily provoking strife is how we ensure a civil society. In this as in all things, we should remember the Golden Rule. Isn’t that what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?
Certainly, Palin knows the the Park51 Cordoba House is not a Mosque and it’s not on Ground Zero, but that’s not about to stop her demagoguery.
Other conservatives, including House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), when pressed, have joined Palin in sorta, kinda condemning the Koran burning, but in the next breath equate it to the “provocation” of building an Islamic Community center in Lower Manhattan.
Said Boehner on Good Morning America, when pressed, “Well, to Pastor Jones and those who want to build the mosque: Just because you have a right to do something in America does not mean it is the right thing to do.”
Since her original posting, Palin has updated it, further walking back her statement denouncing Pastor Jones.
Update: Book burning is bad. But the Muslim cleric who is running for parliament in Afghanistan is calling for the murder of American children in response to scorched Korans, which is worse. Where is the media’s focus?
Palin is apparently referring to Maulawi Habibullah Hassam, a hardline Muslim cleric running for the Afghanistan parliament, who was behind the fiery anti-American demonstration held in Kabul last weekend, to protest the planned Koran burning.
The danger of Hassam’s anti-American demagoguery and incendiary rhetoric can’t be dismissed, but this writer has been unable to find a report of the cleric “calling for the murder of American children,” as Palin claims.
Hassam is using Jones’ Koran burning event to stoke fear and anti-American sentiment for political gain. Sound familiar?