Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Palin ‘Refudiates’ Cordoba House

Colorfully opposes Ground Zero Islamic center

Print Email
Sarah Palin.(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Noted wordsmith Sarah Palin announced on Twitter yesterday that “peaceful” Muslims ought to “refudiate” Cordoba House, the Islamic center (invariably misreported as being a mosque) that planners are hoping will be located a couple blocks from Ground Zero in downtown Manhattan. (Tablet Magazine’s Mark Bergen reported on the controversy last week.)

Of course, the political media being the political media, the story has become Palin’s use of the, shall we say, neologism “refudiate”; her subsequent correction of her Tweet to “refute”; and then her defense of her own flexible use of the English language: “‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up,'” she Tweeted. “English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!” (Does that mean the Constitution is living as well?)

The real story here, though, is that prominent moderate New York Jewish politicians like Michael Bloomberg and Scott Stringer all have no problem with the Cordoba House, which, by the way, is actively modeled on Jewish Community Centers. Another reason, in other words, why Jews may hate her. Also her sublimely grandiose view of herself.

Palin Invents Word ‘Refudiate,’ Compares Herself to Shakespeare [WP]
Earlier: Ground Zero for a Fight
Why We Hate Her

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

rykart says:

Anyone as racist and stupid as Palin deserves to be made an honorary Israeli.

I think Palin meant repudiate, but failed to notice the dagesh.

Zionist says:

Actually anyone as racist and stupid as Palin should be an honorary Arab Muslim. The only Jews that hate Palin are the liberal very secular assimilated anti-Israel idiots.

David Star says:

How cute! Our upper West Side intellectuals sure can cut through spelling errors or misuse of words. It is a shame that they also lack a knowledge of history.
The name of this mosque, slicha, community center is Cordoba. Lovely, Spanish sounding name. Odd that a muslim community center should want a name like that. Could it be that Islam’s westward march was stopped in the late 1400’s at Cordoba?
But no! The Imams could not possibly be thinking anything like “The march for the conquest of the west continues from the point where Allah had his greatest victory at The Twin Towers thus far, and we shall rub the dumb Infidel’s noses in it.”

Shucks no! I’m sure that lower Manhatman will only be uplifted and honored.

The previous sentence is included to give the anti-semitic Jews among your correspondents something to rave about, ala “These bloodthirsty Israeli religous zionist warmongers”.

I am a Jew and do NOT hate Sarah Palin.

Take a look at history and see what the muzzies have built over synagogues, temples, churches when they have conquered them. How about our own temple!

The Truth says:

Ann; Truer words have enver been spoken!

Stuart Rose says:

Perhaps Stringer and Bloomberg have failed to note that the imam of the proposed mosque is rather partial to Hamas.
Actually, we don’t know exactly who he is yet, so it a full investigation should be allowed to take place.

And, yes, as David Star notes, the choice of the name “Cordoba” ought to give us pause.

carlos says:

Im a Spaniard. The name Cordoba house is an offense to our territory. The name hides the only goal of this people: Invasion of Spain 500 years after.

we appreciate this website. i have alerted my friend donny about it because he likes this kind of stuff too!

I think so that soil investigation task is very important for contruction and environment control.

One thing I would really like to reply to is that weightloss program fast may be possible by the proper diet and exercise. Someone’s size not just affects the look, but also the entire quality of life. Self-esteem, depressive disorder, health risks, in addition to physical ability are affected in putting on weight. It is possible to do everything right and at the same time having a gain. In such a circumstance, a medical problem may be the root cause. While an excessive amount of food instead of enough work out are usually guilty, common medical ailments and widely used prescriptions may greatly increase size. Thanks for your post right here gywl512.

Howdy, pleased i ran across your blog. It solved the problem to know the subject slightly improved.

The author’s intent is to convince the reader that the U.S. mainstream media actively participates in propaganda campaigns against their readership. The arguments are well researched and meticulously crafted, with hindsight providing a lens that feels laser accurate, almost without error. By evaluating what is known in the future, some decades after the events examined, the author makes quick work of painting the picture that the media is at best complicit in corporate/state propaganda, and at worst a massive siege engine distorting and confusing the populace in such a way as to make them apathetic and malleable to the will of the powerful.

Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch since I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “Any man would be forsworn to gain a kingdom.” by Roger Zelazny.

really fine. i want to read more.

I saw your blog’s link put up by a friend on Facebook. Thank you for putting useful information on the web. It’s difficult to get this stuff nowadays.

I truly appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thank you again

As I site possessor I believe the content material here is rattling magnificent , appreciate it for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.

62. As I site possessor I believe the content matter here is rattling magnificent , appreciate it for your hard work. You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.

The best cloth has uneven threads. – Spanish Proverb

Chinese Proverb~ There is many a good man to be found under a shabby hat.

I definitely loved reading your post. Thanks! A theme stingy to my crux cheers, do you take a RSS support ?


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Palin ‘Refudiates’ Cordoba House

Colorfully opposes Ground Zero Islamic center

More on Tablet:

Rediscovering the First Woman Rabbi

By Laura Geller — Ordained in 1935, Regina Jonas died at Auschwitz. Now, she’s being honored.