I really took to heart your tweet from yesterday characterizing plans to build a mosque in downtown Manhattan as an "UNNECESSARY provocation." Your brave use of Twitter is an example to all Americans. Actually I prefer to call it "Freedom Texting."
It's refreshing to see a politician like you Sarah, calling for others to stop unnecessary provocations. And who better than you, Sarah Palin, to chastise others for starting political fights over non-issues. You Sarah, have never made provocations purely for your own interests or those of your political party. You have never juxtaposed the institution of religion directly alongside a sensitive political issue.
The connections between the mosque and terror are easy to see. FamilySecurityMatters.org makes it crystal clear: "The New York City office of their American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), at 475 Riverside Drive, has for many years sat in the very building, on the very floor, immediately adjacent to the suite housing the New York City chapter office of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)."
That's right Sarah, the SAME FLOOR.
Also the mosque is being sponsored by the Cordoba Initiative.
And I totally agree that building a mosque near Ground Zero is a complete provocation. Despite their rhetoric about so-called "tolerance" and "respect for all," we can see through the lipstick Sarah. Lets not pretend like this isn't a slap in the face to the people who died in the World Trade Center - 60 of whom were Muslims. And never mind that last Thursday, Sunni Islamic terrorists from the Jundallah terrorist group killed 27 people. All Muslim. In a mosque.
I mean give me a break Sarah. Islamic jihadists attacking a mosque? To do that, their ideology would have to be so fundamentally different from moderate mainstream Muslim ideology that they would kill innocent Muslims at prayers. They would almost be un-Islamic, radical fundamentalists skewing the well-regarded and moderate interpretations of Islam for their own twisted ends. They would have to "distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorist murder against Christians and Hindus and Jews — and against Muslims, themselves, who do not share their radical vision." Seriously Sarah, what kind of softie defeatist radical leftist socialist would make such an assertion?
So I too call for the participation of peace-loving Muslims. People who support mutual recognition and respect. People who promote interaction between the Muslim world and the West. It almost sounds like some non-profit's mission statement. But who are we kidding, what organization on Earth would actually fight for ideals like that?
Send my best to Todd and the kids,
The Confused Sheikh