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. norma

    Sarah and others need to remember that Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddists, non-believers, etc... were murdered on 9/11.

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, just like not all pro-life Christians would bomb abortion clinics (or kill a doctor who was serving as an usher in his own church).

    July 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Jeff in TX

    Makes you wonder. A Twitter message, with its bare-bones minimum of characters, to communicate a position on this issue. So much for actually talking to people in a thoughtful manner.

    July 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. shawn

    WHY is this dumb woman all up in our lives? GO AWAY!

    July 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Yankee

    Sarah palin needs to stay in alaska

    July 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Bill NY

    I find myself looking out of my windows for flying pigs, checking my calendar to see if it is the 45th of July as I am agreeing with Sarah Palin. I live and work in NYC(was here on 9/11) and feel that this is beyond insensitive. They say their religion is one of peace, but I only see the haters hell bent on destroying us all. I see no Muslims denouncing the vile murderers from their religion. I know that most Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists happen to be Muslim. Until I see terror being denounced, as far as I am concerned they have no place here.

    July 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Stephen

    Why is it necessary for Sarah Palin to weigh in on this issue? When did she become a resident of New York City? This sounds like a feeble attempt to constantly keep her name in the spotlight.

    July 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Artemisios

    So since Timothy McVeigh was a Christian, there should be no churches built near the site of the federal office building in Oklahoma City?
    Or is this indeed simply a war against Islam?
    You monotheists certainly know how to foster love and peace.

    July 19, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    Palin: Ground Zero mosque an 'unnecessary provocation'

    Well I guess she would know. I cosider her to be the GOP point person on "'unnecessary provocatios"'

    July 19, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. JC

    Why cannot Palin keep her opinions to herself? And why does the press print everything bit of oral diahrea spewing out of her? As a woman and business owner I want her to go back to hunting in her back yard so I do not have to see her and hear her anymore. She is offensive. This woman is about the most rediculous person who got elevated to a level that gave her a platform and now wont go away. She actually believes she is qualified to make statements about everything. People like her are dangerous because she has such a following that believes she knows what she is talking about... What an ego! Some one please put a sock in her mouth and convince her to go away.

    July 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Big George in Big D

    What absolutely heartless moron proposed a MUSLIM mosque at ground zero! How horrifying. I know not all Muslims are terroriest but the odd thing is, all terroriests have been Muslim!! Don't you people get it yet – they don't like us. The peaceful Muslim, in my opinion, are far too silent of the behavior of the extremist or radical Muslims. They do NOT to enough to denounce the wrongful behavior of the radicals. The Christian faith, while preaches foregiveness, does not condone such extreme violence of any religion. Why are we so cautious about hurting the feelings of Muslims? I could give a big RA's about their feelings.

    July 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Anonymous

    She is clueless as usual

    July 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Once Again CNN Misses The Real Story . . .

    Palin made up a word "Refudiate" for "Repudiate". She is dumber than a box of rocks.

    Then she compared herself to Shakespeare. Ego on loan from Narcissus.

    Hello CNN? Earth to Journalists.

    July 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Junni

    The religion of Islam did not attack the United States. TERRORISTS did. I can't believe, almost nine years later, people still cannot get that through their thick skulls!

    If anything, having a mosque near Ground Zero will show that we can come together against the pain and hatred that happened that September morning.

    Sarah Palin, you are shameful.

    July 19, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Philip

    Please SAra GO AWAY!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Big Al

    Before the 2008 campaign this woman didn't know what a Muslim was.

    July 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. David

    "CNN, pls understand, reposting tweets from this twit is an UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts," "Pls reject it in interest of healing."

    Thank you.

    July 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Michael

    I seldom agree with Palin, but I find the construction of such a mosque as too much like a reward to the 9/11 suicide bombers. I have absolutely no objections to the concept of such a mosque-I think it's a good idea actually, for moderate Muslims to show what their faith is really like, and not let the 1%'ers define it for them. But just not there, please. Anywhere but there. Palin is right: we still need to heal, it's still too raw.

    July 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Darrel from Denver

    The Christian Religious Right that she presumably is trying to pander to or she presumably supports and believes in has mad a mockery of what Christianity truly is.

    What are they afraid of? A little competition? I thought that was what they believed in as a fundamental tenet (the Republicans, that is, who embrace these folks and their beliefs).

    July 19, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Robert A Range

    Hmmm... Muslim terrorists attacked the WTC, so we shouldn't allow a mosque to be built there; but then, the terrorists were all male, too, so maybe the new building shouldn't have men's restrooms, either...

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Susan L.

    You missed her Twitter-fail? What she said first was she asked Muslims to "refudiate" the mosque. Yeah, what a bright girl that Sarah is.

    Anyways, Missy Moron from Alaska there should be at least smart enough to find out that the "Mosque at Ground Zero" is actually a community center in an already existing building, 2 New York city blocks away from Ground Zero. But maybe that's asking too much. Common sense. Sheesh. That's only for liberals, dontcha know. Good gosh.

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. AJ

    Why do conservatives continue to let this ignorant, white trash moron speak for them? Oh, I fogot, ignorant white trash, moron and conservatives seem to go hand and hand.

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Ancient Texan

    Sarah is right!! Build it............somewhere else.

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. BudInTexas

    This women is an IDIOT!

    July 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Priscilla

    Man, I wish Sarah would simply open up a dress or flower shop isomewhere wayyyyyy out in the country in Alaska and only talk among the nice folks in her town about what yummy cookies she baked the other day or how well her roses were growing. We would all be so much happier not hearing from her and she would be so much happier not trying to find something to speak about, plus her hands wouldn't have to be covered in ink from all of her crib notes. Does anyone else agree with me?

    July 19, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Darrel from Denver

    Religious intolerance? From the presumed good Christians on the Right?

    Who would have believed that could happen?

    July 19, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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