Sarah Palin, religious leader?

The erstwhile vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor and current political campaign endorser is seeking to add to her resume from her Twitter account.

Sarah Palin recently tweeted to “peace-seeking” Muslims and “peaceful” New Yorkeres” to refudiate repudiate the mosque being built near Ground Zero.

Obviously, emotions are high when it comes to this topic; seeking to participate via 140 characters seems…well…ignorant.

And thanks, Sis. Cynical, for the link.

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  1. Unfortunately, there are more than 140 characters hanging around her and encouraging her.

  2. WHY? …she’s promoting ignorance and that apparently is her best strategy in rallying support for her. It’s selfish motivation that led to those comments. The project is all about bringing people together. My low opinion of her just sank lower. First off, it is not a mosque and doesn’t exclude non-muslims. Here’s more on Cordoba House.

    “Cordoba House is a Muslim-led project which will build a world-class facility that promotes tolerance, reflecting the rich diversity of New York City. The center will be community-driven, serving as a platform for inter-community gatherings and cooperation at all levels, providing a space for all New Yorkers to enjoy.

    This proposed project is about promoting integration, tolerance of difference and community cohesion through arts and culture. Cordoba House will provide a place where individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, will find a center of learning, art and culture; and most importantly, a center guided by Islamic values in their truest form – compassion, generosity, and respect for all.”

    I think people like Sarah Palin need to reread the end of that last sentence: “a center guided by Islamic values in their truest form – compassion, generosity, and respect for all”

    Those that oppose this are the enemy, not those that support it.

        1. It’s pretty stomach turning to think that in America 2010 it’s gross intolerance that’s making the most headway.

          I have this idea for a one-act, sort of existentialist satire where Jesus shows up at Ground Zero to open up a community center and President Sarah Palin takes one look at his skin and his clothes and has him arrested then deported.

    1. “First off, it is not a mosque and doesn’t exclude non-muslims. Here’s more on Cordoba House….”

      Jac, thanks so much for this — I had only heard mosque and hadn’t bothered to do any searching about it. This makes the intolerance even worse.

      1. You’re welcome. It’s a shame that “mosque” has a negative connotation for some, too. Granted, a few people that go to mosques are bad people. But, a few people that go to church are bad, too.

        1. And, yes, I’ll say it, a few people that never enter any sort of house of worship are bad, too.

  3. Off topic a little…anyone read “Eat, Pray, Love”?
    I’m reading it and saw that it’s been made into a movie. It will be in theaters next month.

  4. I haven’t finished it yet and had about a six month break from it (stopped reading in the middle of the India section) while in school. I finished “The Help” first and am now on to finishing this one. I remember enjoying Italy, and then feeling like India dragged. Now that I’ve gotten back into it, I was intrigued by the second half of the India visit and the prayer/meditation piece. The interest in being one with God is not something I think much about. I finished the India section and have arrived in Bali.
    What did you think of it?

    BTW – My favorite part of The Help was “living” along side of those women. I wished I could step into the story and give Hilly a piece of my mind and whisk Minny away to a safer place. I wasn’t thrilled with the ending, but I loved reading the book.

    1. I am going to sound like a wet fart in a short skirt: I didn’t love either one of them. I guess I found “EPL” to be self-indulgent (like I should talk, having written a memoir that probably skates dangerously close to that). I’m glad the author is enjoying success — lest I sound just jealous — but it wasn’t my cup of book.

      1. I have not read EPL, but I listened to the audiobook for “The Help” and loved it. I felt the ending was a little too abrupt, but am very much looking forward to the movie next year.

        1. I must be the only turd in the punch bowl here. I didn’t love “The Help” because I thought the African American characters were too predictable. I think I’m alone in this, though. I wanted to like it. The whole idea of a second society that existed (and exists) outside what I think I see is fascinating to me.

          1. “too predictable”

            I’m still finding it hard to unwind it. From our perspective of the 21st century, looking back over 40 years, maybe we do already know too much about the characters. But are they who we think they are? Is this the book that Skeeter wrote, or is this the book that Aibileen wrote, since we know she wrote a large portion of Skeeter’s book? Or is it what an omniscient observer wrote? I enjoyed it on a lot of levels, not the least of which was hearing it performed by some very excellent actors. The fact that there weren’t a whole lot of surprises didn’t make it any less enjoyable for me. I’m tempted to call it the black American women’s version of Steel Magnolias, but it’s several notches better than Steel Magnolias, literary-wise.

            1. I would probably go see the movie. I’m open to giving it another chance, though I probably won’t go back and read the book.

      2. I want to finish EPL because I should before I see the movie. I think it might make a good movie (especially with Julia Roberts as the lead) and I suspect I may enjoy the movie more than the book. Still, that end if India part interests me.

        What did you not like about “The Help”? I really felt the limits and frustration and anger of the time/place/situation. I enjoyed the day to day life part and the characters/personalities more so than the main story part. I don’t want to give anything away in case someone else is reading it, but the ending seemed to lose something. Maybe what I didn’t like about the ending was related to the focus pulling away from the characters and focusing on ending the story.

        1. I just finished The Help and I LOVED it. I felt pulled into the story as well and wanted to shake my finger at that Hilly more than once. And I wanted to befriend poor Celia.
          I agree, the ending was somewhat abrupt.

          1. If they’re gonna make it into a movie, they are gonna have to find some awesome women to play Abilileen and Minny. And Celia…I wanted to know more of her back story.

            1. “Allison Janney (West Wing) will play play Charlotte Phelan, mother of Skeeter, in the film version of The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Entertainment Weekly reported. Janney joins a cast that includes Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen, Octavia Spencer as Minnie and and Bryce Dallas Howard as Hilly. Tate Taylor is directing the film, which begins shooting in in Greenwood, Miss., this summer and is scheduled for release next year.”


        2. I wonder if that wasn’t the case — the author felt like it was time to wrap things up. I don’t want to slam the book, I promise. This happens to me a lot: A book (movie, etc.) is loved by millions and I read it thinking it’ll change my life or something and it doesn’t. I think I may have gone into the thing with expectations that would be impossible to fulfill.

          1. I like a great story, characters that make me wish I knew them, inspiration of new understanding/thought in a transcendental way and writing that transports me into the story. I’m less interested in beautiful language.

            Yeah, you’re bound to be disappointed if expectations are too high before starting much of anything.

            1. It happens a lot. I figure if everyone’s raving about it, it must be for me, too. That has not proven to be the case.

              1. I get it. I think I was the only one in my high school that did not love Bruce Springsteen. (Back in those days.)
                Sometimes I love what’s popular and sometimes I don’t. I have to check it out for myself.

                1. Same. And I think I’m contrarian enough to be extra-cautious about anything everyone loves.

      3. I was wondering…do you usually finish a book, even when you aren’t enjoying it? I usually do, with the hope that it’ll get better or have a great ending that will make it worthwhile. The exception was “Three Junes”. I tried a few times and finally put it aside unfinished. I had started a bunch of books before school began and had to wait until school was done before getting back to them. The other one I plan to finish is Angela’s Ashes. Then, I’ve got a stack of “to be read next” books. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is among them, I know. Any thoughts on that one? I trust your opinion.

        1. It depends on when I decide I don’t like the book. If I’m deep into it, I will usually slog along, but I’ve abandoned books at the first page, the 10th and the 200th. I’m fickle like that. I used to feel an obligation to go ahead and finish but no more. There are too many books out there that I will like, that will challenge and engage me, to spend time on books that blow right by me. I loved “A Thousand Splendid Suns” (didn’t see the movie, though – wasn’t it made into a movie?). Have you read “Little Bee?” Loved that one, too. Usually, for me, once I start a book and abandon it, I have a really difficult time going back to it. It’s like I’m permanently distracted from it, or something. Do you have an author you follow? Have you read anything by Ingrid Hill?

          1. Oh wait, I did read “A Thousand Splendid Suns”. I don’t think I saw the movie, either. I have not read “Little Bee” and haven’t read anything by Ingrid Hill. I know that for sure. Anything by I. Hill in particular that you’d recommend?
            Have you read any of Anne Lamott’s books? I think I might get to Plan B eventually. I have it and have read parts.

            1. I’ve read all of them. I love her essays, don’t embrace her fiction that much. That’s just me.

              “Ursula Under” is pretty stinking good. Freaky, but good.

              1. Ok, I just ordered “Ursula Under” since I do not have “A Thousand Splendid Suns” to read. Do you know what book was recommended as a book that frequently is ordered with “Ursula Under”? “The Help”! :-)
                I think I got the last copy in stock at Amazon.

                I didn’t know Anne Lamott wrote fiction. I’ve only read a little from Plan B and that’s it.

                1. Wow. It’s been a while since I read “Ursula Under,” but I don’t remember it being anything like “The Help.”

                  1. Isn’t that funny? I assumed it had something to do with the frequency of customers buying those two books together, but I’m not sure that’s even right. Or, maybe they used that “You write like…” algorithm. It doesn’t look anything like “The Help”. It looks good and I look forward to reading it.

                2. Some of LaMott’s fictional works are better than others. The last novel that I read, Blue Shoe I think it was, was in desperate need of a much better editor, IMHO.

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