July 19th, 2010
10:33 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin: Ground Zero mosque an 'unnecessary provocation'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/19/art.palin.0515r4.gi.jpg caption ="Sarah Palin said Sunday that plans to build a mosque at Ground Zero are an ‘unnecessary provocation.’"] (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the proposed construction of a mosque and community center near "Ground Zero," the site of the 9/11 terror attack in New York City, calling it an "unnecessary provocation."

"Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts," Palin wrote in a Twitter post Sunday. "Pls reject it in interest of healing."

The former Republican vice presidential nominee also posted a plea to "peaceful New Yorkers," asking them to "pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real."

Plans to build a $100 million, 13-story center - focused on what backers describe as Islamic, interfaith and secular programming - has sparked an emotional debate.

New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission is scheduled to hold a key vote in August on whether an 1850s structure currently on the site of the proposed center should be granted landmark status. Even if landmark status is approved, however, it may not necessarily halt construction of the center.

Voices opposing the mosque dominated a hearing on the subject last week.

"It would be a terrible mistake to destroy a 154-year-old building in order to build a monument to terrorism," one woman said.

The heckling and intense nature of the hearing got to be too much for some participants.

"I'm ashamed to be an American today," said Rakif Gathwari, a Muslim-American, who reminded the crowd that people from many countries and religions died in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

"I want to prove to this hall that I am a citizen," Gathwari said, holding up his passport.

Some Muslim community leaders say the mosque could provide an opportunity for improving interfaith relations.

The project, according to a Muslim outreach group called the Cordoba Initiative, calls for the construction of a mosque, a performing arts center, a gym, a swimming pool and other public spaces.

- CNN's Deb Feyerick, Julian Cummings, Ed Payne and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report

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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Jesse

    What an interesting way to take advantage of a sensitive time. Were it not for the fact misinformed muslim morons killed three thousand and more innocent civilians, were it not for the fact misinformed and misguided muslim morons are killing women and children overseas, were it not for the fact there is nothing in the muslim holy book that says kill the innocent....I think there would not be too much of a problem in having the building there. However, you just have to hand it to the folks wanting to put a muslim building at the very site of one of the bloody muslim assaults in the world. True muslims are nowhere near any thing like what is displayed in the world. So, grab some more salt and rub it deeper into the wounds of the children and widows of those killed in the name of "alla" 9/11. Is Islam so self serving and so self centered? Seems so....

    July 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. PDXSerric

    The easiest and most legal way to accomplish this inane block is to simply and hurriedly establish the 154 year old building as a historical piece, then it can't be demolished the the center cant be built there.

    Easy enough.

    July 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Terry

    She should keep her nose out of New Yorker's affairs.

    July 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Fernando

    What better way to show the world that what happened on 9/11 would never shatter the true meaning of peace than having a mosque built on the site?

    Terrorist bombed that site.

    Would we stop building churches if we found out a catholic killed a president or started a terrorist group?

    July 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. BigRed55

    After reading this article the only thing "Unnecessary" is this woman and her comments.
    Thoughts and actions like her's are what terrorists want: The breeding of hatred, fear, separation, and ignorance.
    Allowing such a site to be built will be a great demonstration of Unity, Healing, and Growth.

    July 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. kashif ali

    "It would be a terrible mistake to destroy a 154-year-old building in order to build a monument to terrorism"

    154 year old burlington coat factory.

    What is in an insult is to call yourself an American while protesting the freedom of religion.

    no matter how much you don't like it. Its a right guaranteed by the constitution.

    sometimes freedom means being offended.

    In one breath, Muslim American's are told to accept being offended by "freedom of speech" and in the next breath we are told to not offend by exercising our "freedom of religion"

    sorry folks. it doesn't work that way. the constitution is not a hypocritical document as it seems some american citizens are.

    July 19, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Johnny

    All I see is fear and hatred in this. Don't become what the terrorists already are by trying "tit for tat" tactics, that is EXACTLY why they attacked us in the first place, your resultant radicalization is exactly how they recruit for their causes. You are unwittingly falling for what they want to happen, undermining our greatest values. For those of you who consistently hold the bible up, start actually following what Jesus said, if you devolve to "eye for an eye" you have missed his message entirely. Violence and intolerance is always a losing strategy in the long run, it may satisfy your animal desires but it eventually corrupts your soul in the process.

    July 19, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. KS_NewYorker

    She has it completely wrong. Palin is the person pushing buttons and inciting here. She makes me sick to my stomach.

    July 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Ann

    I totally disagree with Ms. Palin. With excluding the Mosque she might as well say that they are all guilty. Doesn't anyone get it? How many religions were reprsented in that building? ALL those that died were not guilty but innocent and not connected with the extremist that are the terroists. That would be saying there should have not been any crosses by the Oklahoma Building because a white male Christian church related person bombed it. You really need to think a little further that just the terrorists when making landmark decisions.

    July 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Brad

    Sarah is strengthening her GOP credentials by showing off her bigotry.

    July 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Jill

    Sarah Palin opens her mouth and proves what an idiot she is once again. Newsflash, quitter, it's not at Ground Zero and it's not a mosque. Not to mention, MORE MUSLIMS WERE KILLED *BY* THE TERRORISTS ON 9/11 THAN THOSE (A-TYPICAL EXTREMISTS) WHO PERPETRATED IT! She has the right to her speech, but I sure wish she would shut up and quite disseminating misinformation based on hate.

    July 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Mike Stadtler

    To allow a Islamic mosque to be built on ground zero would be a slap in the face to all the families who lost love ones and family during this horrific event.

    July 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. JonDie

    "Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts,"

    Wow! That's big news! Palin actually acknowledges that all Muslims are NOT evil. That's appears to be a reversal of her deepest core beliefs.

    July 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. JPT

    I like how she made those statements while wearing a very gaudy and showy cross about her neck. Next to a pin of the US flag.

    July 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Travis

    "Near" Ground Zero doesn't mean these are the plans FOR Ground Zero. Before 9/11, this wouldn't even be in the newspapers except locally in NY. Now, because so many people lump things together they cry foul at everything that is Muslim related. I'm a right winger and I think having an issue with this is ignorant. The main reason is because the more we go nuts about an issue, the longer the issue remains an issue. Just let it go, people. Move on with your lives.

    July 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Michael Blackburn

    I am sitting in Manhattan at this moment, where is Ms. Palin? I don't believe Ms. Palin should speak for the people of New York. New York is a wonderful city far more complex than any town in Alaska, and it's a place that is foreign to someone with her background. Why do you print what she says? Let the people of New York figure this out. No matter what happens, they will work this out. That's what New Yorkers do.

    July 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Steph

    Yay! Another tweet from the twit. Oh, what would I do without CNN updating me on what Carribou Barbie has posted today???

    FYI – If I wanted to know what this moron thought about current topics, I'd actually follow her on Twitter.

    July 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. dj

    To all the supporters of building the Mosque @ Ground Zero, I have one question. Would you support the building of a interfaith Church or Hindu Temple in Mecca or in the main city of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, UAE, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan +++++. If your answer is no, then you are being hypocritical. If your answer is no then you should be humble enough to understand why so many people are oppose to the Mosque @ Ground Zero. Don’t allow yourself to be blinded by hate and religion.

    July 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. rashid

    This project says: we killed thousand of you and we will dance on their graves. Thank you, Sarah, for standing up and not taking the usual, "well, they have rights too" approach. Islam, a mental disease trying to pass as a religion.

    July 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Robert

    Sarah Palin: Stop trying to divide America! We need uniters, not dividers.

    July 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. John

    As always, Sarah is right!

    July 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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