Neddy Merrill over at EotAW provides a succinct overview of how Palin's comments on this issue are simplistic and ignorant, and how these comments perpetuate an extreme level of bigotry by implying that all Muslims are terrorists:
- the CI masjid will be “unnecessary provocation” only if people see the pain of 9/11 as caused by muslims rather than, say, extremist muslims in al Qaeda . . . Complaining about the symbolism or psychological effects just helps to cement the idea that the relevant reference class is muslim rather than something else.
- But only .000000066% of the muslim population had direct involvement with the Trade Center attacks, assuming about 100 people actively worked on it. Bump that to 1000 people working on it and you still only have .00000066% . . . So that’s a pretty big fuck-you to a large portion of your fellow humans.
Now there's a bigoted television advertisement promoted by the National Republican Trust PAC that continues on the despicable path that Palin and Gingrich (among others) are forging.
At the same time that TEA Baggers such as Palin are railing against those who would characterize them all as racist & bigoted simpletons, they are themselves working hard to frame the NYC mosque issue in bigoted terms. TEA Baggers and other far-right conservatives want to be granted the benefit of the doubt, but they're not interested in extending this benefit to others. Ignorance and bigotry by any other name is still ignorance and bigotry -- call it Fox News, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, TEA Party, whatever.