JEFF PEARLMAN

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My Tweet to Sarah Palin: BteMe

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Sarah Palin from Alaska is angry about plans to build a community center and mosque near the site of the 9/11 terror attack. She Tweeted about it the other day, writing: “Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing.”

She also 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.”

First, “refute” is incorrect. But whatever—she’s a moron.

As a New Yorker, I continue to loathe politicians who use 9/11 as a political tool. You know what, I was living in Manhattan when the planes hit. I saw the second jet flying toward the building; smelled the burning rubble from my apartment for weeks after the tragedy took place. I’m not saying such an experience gives me ownership of 9/11, but it makes it personal. Walking past the Missing Person signs all over the city. Volunteering to pass out brochures and distribute food to the volunteers. Hearing the grief; the disbelief.

This has nothing to do with Sarah Palin, and even less to do with a mosque being built two blocks away from the site. Were we talking about a church or synagogue, Sarah Palin wouldn’t say shit. But she is, come day’s end, a bigot. A frightening, holier-than-thou religious bigot.

Man, I loathe this woman.

I absolutely, positively, 100% loathe her.