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Jul. 21 2010 - 4:34 pm | 724 views | 0 recommendations | 7 comments

Sarah Palin: Doubling Down on Bigotry

Sarah Palin is doubling down on bigotry, with yet another Facebook post that brushes aside minor issues like tolerance and openness to get to what she really wants to say: Muslims shouldn’t have the same constitutional rights as other Americans. Sarah Palin: An Intolerable Mistake on Hallowed Ground | Facebook.

Earlier today, Mayor Bloomberg responded to my comments about the planned mosque at Ground Zero by suggesting that a decision not to allow the building of a mosque at that sacred place would somehow violate American principles of tolerance and openness.

Right. Well, we’re about to see how much those principles matter to Palin:

No one is disputing that America stands for – and should stand for – religious tolerance. It is a foundation of our republic. This is not an issue of religious tolerance but of common moral sense. To build a mosque at Ground Zero is a stab in the heart of the families of the innocent victims of those horrific attacks.

Wait a minute. I thought it was supposed to be the left that exalts feelings above everything else. Yet here’s Sarah Palin, heroine of the right wing, saying that people’s feelings take precedence over religious tolerance, openness, and the Constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of religion.

And believe it or not, there are families of 9/11 victims who are not opposed to the community center two blocks from Ground Zero. Sarah Palin takes it on herself to speak for all of these families, but she has no moral right to do so.

When the World Trade Center was attacked and destroyed by Al Qaeda, some of the innocent victims that day were also Muslims. But in Palin’s netherworld of fear and hate, they simply don’t count.

Her first post about this, using the non-word “refudiate,” got a lot of attention because of its utter stupidity. But the much more important point about this Palin position is that she is openly coming out as an anti-Muslim bigot of the worst kind. She’s not simply opposed to radical Islamists, which any decent person would and should be. She’s opposed to Islam itself, and Muslims themselves.

Here you have the modern right wing in a nutshell. Fear and bigotry trumps everything else — the Constitution, the rule of law, religious freedom, everything.


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    What caught my eye wasn’t the Facebook post, it was the comments on it. There were 3771 on tap when I hit the page, with four showing. All four were a bit arresting to read.

    I’ve joked to friends that I’ve invented a new joke word of the kind where you change one letter to double up on the meaning (“sarchasm”: the gap between the sarcastic person and the guy who doesn’t get the sarcasm. “reintarnation”: coming back as a hillbilly).

    My word is “Palindrones”. Palindrones are those followers-of who believe that going backward IS going forward.

    Here’s what the first two of those four randomly-selected Palindrones had to say:

    Vicki Divita It is a disgusting idea that should not even be considered. Mosques should be outlawed in the United States.

    Rita Burekhovich To bad, that the people are discovering, that, Bloomberg, who was running, as a Republican, is really a liberal stupid Jew, who is wiling to do, the wrong thing for political correctness. He is going to hurt the people, who were victims, and give the victory to the murderers.Shame on you Bloomberg! Am Israel chai!!!

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    Here you have the modern left wing in a nutshell: Hysteria, catatonia, refusal to take meds, fear & loathing of a woman who doesn’t resemble a pachyderm in pantsuits. Sarah Palin just chooses sides on controversial issues, plays the pathetic parrott media like a piccolo, and chuckles all the way to the bank.

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    It’s the America of the past that zealots like Palin want to bring back. A past where the clean cut, conservative white people are in charge and the Bible is read aloud to school children over the loudspeaker every morning. An idyllic time when colored people had the luxury of their own bathrooms, drinking fountains and excellent seating at the back of public transport.

    The sad thing is that anyone with even half a brain can see Palin for the stupendously bigoted, ignorant liar that she is but her followers? To them she is the female Jesus and they her ever loyal flock of sheep.

    Actually, that makes sense. Sheep are some of the dumbest animals on the planet. No wonder Christianity, the driving force behind these people, constantly refers to its followers as sheep.

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    does anyone really take palin’s trashtalk seriously ? she is a media toy to amuse us with her twisted views on crap

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