August 4, 2010

(hitting more than casual nerves in New York)

As the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy continues, even ABC Radio National's Late Night Live program devoted some time to it last week. Phillip Adams did an interview with Parvez Ahmed regarding the deep divide in opinion on the Mosque and how Pop-culture politicos like Sarah Palin are making hay out of the mayhem with recent comments via Twitter.

Parvez Ahmed: “What’s kind of puzzling and troubling about her (Sarah Palin’s) Tweet is that she is trying to kind of whip up this frenzy against the mosque when it is completely unnecessary. And yet she, herself does not repudiate even people that she associates with who harbor obvious Islamophobic views, like a member of her Tea Party who says Muslims worship a Monkey God. And she never comes out repudiating those kind of Islamophobic attitudes and statements but she comes out with this Tweet fanning the flames that are already kind of raw and people’s emotions are on kind of a heightened alert. You would think that a political leader at such a time would exercise prudence and try to bring people together and calm people down and not throw fuel to the fire.”

But as Adams quipped, prudence and Palin don't go together.

I'm afraid this story is not destined for a happy or even satisfying end.

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