Sunday, Sarah Palin said that plans to build a community center and mosque near the September 11 terrorist attack site an “unnecessary provocation.” A $100 million, 13-story community center and mosque has brought up emotional issues among Americans.
“Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts,” Palin said Sunday on Twitter. “Pls reject it in interest of healing.”
Sarah Palin asked “peaceful New Yorkers” to “pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.”
The project has been described by its designer as an “Islamic community center” and that it “is not a mosque.” The center will “include a 500-seat performing arts center, a lecture hall, an exhibition space, a swimming pool, a gym, a culinary school, a restaurant and a prayer space for Muslims,” according to CNN.
In August, the New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on if an 1850s structure that is already on the site will be granted landmark status. If it is, it could halt construction of the new community center.
One week ago, Sarah Palin defended the Tea Party against NAACP claims that the organization tolerates racism; Palin took to her Facebook page to make her statement. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held their annual convention in Kansas City and passed a resolution that asked the Tea Party to get rid of its racist elements. They claim that the Tea Party allows some of their protestors to carry racist signs and by not discouraging it or eliminating it, they are tolerating it. For more on this story, click here.