I follow Sarah Palin on Twitter. Mostly because she’s a hillarious reminder that, as frustrating as Canadian politics may be, it will never be quite as prepostrous the circus that elects leaders south of the border. Recently, however, I realized that it is not fair to discount everything said by her. She recently penned a tweet that was so insightful, that an out of work philosophy graduate like me had no choice but to commend her on it. That tweet:
Mr. President, should they or shouldn’t they build a Muslim mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people?Your position?
This was, of course, written before Obama made his position on the proposed mosque very clear. Obama should have read it before he went public with his support for the mosque. I’m sure it would have convinced him to act otherwise.
After all, Sarah Palin has a point. Whenever somebody commits an atrocity in the name of their god, all other worshipers of said god should refrain from worshiping anywhere near the location where the bad thing happened. This seems like a good rule for all religions to follow. From now on, Religious liberties are null and void in the vicinity of any religiously inspired killings that happened in the past.
Of course, twitter posts are notoriously short, and so Ms. Palin wasn’t given the word-count to go into the full ramifications of this statement, which are quite sweeping. No matter, Sarah. Sarcastic Canadian bloggers are here to fill in the blanks for you.
This map shows the location of Women’s Health Services in Wichita Kansas. This is the clinic at which Dr. George Tiller, a doctor who provided abortions, was murdered by a violent Christian extremist on May 31, 2009. This map shows all the Christian churches located nearby. We have already agreed that this is unacceptable. By Sarah Palin’s precedent, we cannot allow those who held the same faith as Dr. Tiller’s murderer to worship near the place of his death. It would be disrespectful. Those churches must be closed.
Let’s look at another case of religious violence in the United States. This map shows the location of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Just before the 1996 Olympics, a pipe bomb went off in this park, killing two and injuring 111 people. This bomb was set by Eric Robert Rudolph, a radical Christian anti-abortion activist. As with the previous map, the many nearby churches have been marked. If you go into Street View, you can note the size of the Baptist Tabernacle, right across the street. Why do these Christians feel the need to get in the face of the grieving victims? Are they really that insensitive?
I trust Sarah Palin to be consistent, and so I’m sure she is already aware of these examples of Christians being insensitive to the victims of tragedy. As soon as she shuts down the New York mosque, I’m sure she’ll move on to these two examples. It wouldn’t be like her to single out Muslims without holding Christians to the same standard. That would be racist.