Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Greta Van Susteren braves the wilds of Wasilla in search of the shrill voiced Alaskan Cuckoo bird.
In this second half of Geta's interview with the Wacky Wasilla Witch she, of course, broaches the subject of the New York Islamic cultural center and elicits a response from the least qualified person in the country to offer their opinion.
VAN SUSTEREN: We're back live in Wasilla, Alaska, with former governor Sarah Palin. And once again, President Obama has put himself in the middle of a controversy, this time over the planned mosque near Ground Zero in New York. Now, on Friday, President Obama came out strong in defense of Muslims building that mosque. Then Saturday, when things seemed to get a bit heated, the president clarified his statement, saying he would not comment on the wisdom on the decision to build a mosque there. Governor Palin?
PALIN: Well, you know, it sounds cliched to say that the president is disconnected from the American people on this issue, but how else do you describe it? He just doesn't get it, that this is an insensitive move on the part of those Muslims who want to build that mosque in this location. It feels like a stab in the heart to, collectively, Americans who still have that lingering pain from 9/11.
A "stab in the heart?" Now see THIS is Palin's version of "religious tolerance." She obviously lays the blame for the attacks on 9-11 on ALL Muslims in the world, including those living in New York City who actually endured the attacks and undoubtedly lost loved ones on that fateful day. But because of their religious beliefs, Palin feels that it is acceptable to paint them all as terrorists, or terrorist sympathizers.
(By the way if you want to REALLY understand how religious intolerance can feel like a "stab through your heart" you should educate yourselves on what the introduction of western culture and Christianity did to the native people of Alaska. I wonder if Todd Palin feels a "stab through his heart" when he passes a Russian Orthodox Church or the local Wal-Mart?)
PALIN: Well, what the president seems to be suggesting is that everybody needs to be so tolerant of others' beliefs. That is fine. Then let him take that lesson and try to apply it to the debate on the other side if you were right now and talk to that imam, those others who want to build and choose that precise location for their mosque that is so offensive to so many people, and ask them to be tolerant. Ask them to understand America's feelings on this. And see if then the president can use some of his influence in a more positive, less divisive way. That's one way that he can help bridge this divide.
So in other words Sarah Palin is all for religious tolerance so long as it is OTHER religions being tolerant of HER religions intolerance and xenophobia?
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I think it certainly says the president doesn't pay attention to polls because I think (INAUDIBLE) American people overwhelmingly are opposed to it. I mean, I think the numbers -- I haven't seen the numbers today because I've been on the road with you -- actually, up in the air with you. But I haven't seen the numbers, but he certainly - - I mean, he's making decisions independent of the polls.
PALIN: No, I don't believe that.
VAN SUSTEREN: You don't believe it?
PALIN: I believe that's why he made his comment Friday night. He knew immediately because his advisers told him, You went too far on this. So the next morning, he tried to backtrack that. And now, curiously, he's not coming out and saying -- we want to know -- Mr. President, we have a right to know. What's your position on this? Again, we all know that there is that 1st Amendment right to build a church, a mosque where they want to, if it's legally appropriate. But what is your position on this? Should they? Do you support it? And we don't have the answer from him.
You know if Palin were a person who was fit to be the President of this great country she would understand that President Obama should NOT express his personal opinions on this debate. His job is to defend the Constitution, not take sides in a local conflict over New York City real estate.
Besides doesn't Palin have "sticking your nose in and overreacting to issues that don't even concern you", already covered?
P.S. I know that some of you have trouble getting he videos to play, so if you click here you can read the transcripts as well as see the first part of the interview that i did not include in this post.