Thursday, September 9, 2010

Finally Speaking Up

It took a while, but finally some of the people who have been shooting off their mouths about the Park51 community center in New York are now saying that the whackos planning a Quran burning in Gainesville this weekend aren’t helping spread tolerance and peace.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin added her voice Wednesday to the chorus of critics condemning the plan by a tiny Florida church group to burn Korans on Sept. 11, urging organizers to reconsider such a “provocation.”

“People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page.

The protest, Palin wrote, “will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don’t feed that fire.”

It sounds more like Ms. Palin has been goaded into speaking up rather than anything she truly feels, and then there’s the false equivalency that she’s making between the peaceful attempt by a group of moderate Muslims to become part of the community in New York to an act of ritualized ignorance and hatred. There’s no comparison at all except for the attempt by some people to exploit the events for their own political gain.