Fear Hustlin': Sarah Palin's Mosque Problems
Once again Sarah Palin has set the blogosphere on fire. This time though it wasn’t the kerosene on her tongue that set the Internet ablaze, it was the kerosene on her fingertips. This Pit-Bull With Lipstick makes ignorance looks cool. Heck, if I could receive a 1.25 million book advance for jumbling up the Bush doctrine on national television among many other public blunders, I would be living in a penthouse on Michigan Avenue. Unfortunately, I probably won’t see any of that money because I don’t have enough space on my hand to write a book.
The Pit-bull With Lipstick might be rabid because she was surely foaming at the mouth in her latest tweet about the prospects of a mosque being built near Ground Zero in New York City. This even made me put my thoughts about Mel Gibson’s recent comments on the backburner. Back to the caricature Sarah Palin. On Sunday Palin tweeted “Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing.” She was referring to the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative’s plan to build a $100 million dollar cultural center, gym, and mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero. The Republican Party has a bad (or good depending on who you’re asking i.e. Lee Atwater) habit of creating “us against them” wars. The National Republican Trust PAC recently submitted an ad that was rejected by NBC and CBS that expressed extreme dissatisfaction and fear about the prospects of a mosque near the same place where George W. Bush stood up to that country with “weapons of mass destruction”. As reported by Politico the ad says “On Sept. 11, they declared war against us,” a narrator says. “And to celebrate that murder of 3,000 Americans, they want to build a monstrous 13-story mosque at ground zero.”
As a country that claims to be a bastion of religious freedom, it strikes me as odd that there would be push to curtail that freedom. Since September 11, 2001 right-wingers have played the politics of fear in an attempt to scare Americans into thinking that all Muslims are out to get us. However, we are not fighting a holy war with Muslims. We are fighting a war against extremist zealots who are on the fringes of mainstream Muslim societies. In fact, in the Prophet Muhammad’s last sermon he admonished his believers to “hurt no one so that no one may hurt you”. Also, he said “the most righteous men should have what is pleasing to him, and who dislikes for them what is for him disagreeable.” Just as some self-proclaiming Christians massacred and tortured people in the name of Jesus; some misguided and wayward Muslim have used extreme interpretations of the Quran to wreak havoc in the name of Allah. Black folks in the South should’ve waged a Holy war against the Klansmen who left burning crosses in their front yards a long time ago. The same cross that was used to represent where Jesus died for ALL of our sins was used as a sign of intimidation and fear. Oh America, lest we forget!
Back to Pit-Bull and the dog pound Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. I understand that America is all about hustling capitalism, but it is not right to make a living off of hate, fear, and lies. If you want to oppose something, oppose issues and policies, not people! Thank God (Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Jah, or nobobdy at all) that Mayor Michael Bloomberg understands that fear hustling ain’t cool.