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Friday, January 14, 2011

More thoughts about Palin

Wednesday, I noted that Sarah Palin had criticized many political opponents for trying to blame political rhetoric for the crimes committed by a lone gunman.

Flash back to October, 2010, when Fox talking head Bill O'Reilly said on "The View" and then repeatedly on other programs: "Muslims killed us on 9/11."

Did Sarah Palin use her Facebook account or Fox access to denounce the slur? Not that I can find. Rather, she defended Reverend Franklin Graham for using virtually the same words spoken by O'Reilly: "We’re not attacking Islam but Islam has attacked us."
Are we really so hyper-politically correct that we can’t abide a Christian minister who expresses his views on matters of faith? What a shame.
Moreover, Palin has been willing to join the Islam bashing at Fox -- like supporting TSA racial profiling:
I say profiling, in the context of doing whatever we can to save innocent American lives -- I'm all for it, then.
Moreover, she opposed the "mosque" (community center) last summer that was to be built a few blocks from the site of the World Trade Center towers. Palin wrote at the time:
To build a mosque at Ground Zero is a stab in the heart of the families of the innocent victims of those horrific attacks.
As William Saleton points out:
Palin has never retracted this position. Indeed, she has persisted in her opposition to any mosque near Ground Zero. Her position is that the act of monstrous criminality on 9/11 doesn't end with the criminals who committed it. Its stigma extends to any mosque near the site. All Muslims should yield to that stigma. All Muslims are responsible.

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