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?


2 Responses to “Palin: Burning Koran,’Ground Zero Mosque,’ the Same Thing”

  1. Old Man Dotes on September 9th, 2010 5:41 pm

    Never let it be said that Republicans shied away from making up outright bullshit in their fear-mongering. Palin most recently with her “calling for the murder of American children,” Brewer in AZ with her “illegal aliens beheading Arizona citizens.” Or for that matter, the Republican Presidential Campaign Manager in Florida in 2000, who also happened to be the Florida Secretary of State, certifying that the election results were “true and fair” after ballot-boxes containing votes from heavily-Democratic districts went missing just long enough for them to be opened, the votes tampered with, and resealed – by the only person in the State who could have done that – the Florida Secretary of State.

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