"Anti-Defamers Defame Muslims"...that's the headline of the latest article by Justin Raimondo,
Catchy headline, and not a bit disingenuous, because everyone knows that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) stands for this...
"The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to
all." Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals
and protects civil rights for all."
There it is. For all.
They say so right here
. in black and white.
And, as Justin points out in his article, in another place on the ADL website:
“We regard freedom of religion as a cornerstone of the American democracy, and that freedom must include the right of all Americans –
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other faiths – to build community centers and houses of worship.”
Now that we have that out of the way, read Justin's article, and lets talk about how they are ensuring fair treatment to all as it relates to
Muslims, most particularly in regard to the Islamic community center in lower Manhattan. Here is their statement:
We regard freedom of religion as a cornerstone of the American democracy, and that freedom must include the right of all Americans –
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other faiths – to build community centers and houses of worship.
We categorically reject appeals to bigotry on the basis of religion, and condemn those whose opposition to this proposed Islamic Center is a
manifestation of such bigotry.
The controversy which has emerged regarding the building of an Islamic Center at this location is counterproductive to the healing process.
Therefore, under these unique circumstances, we believe the City of New York would be better served if an alternative location could be
How would they have reacted if, as Justin asks, "What if, in the wake of the 1967 bombing of the USS Liberty by Israeli warplanes – in which 34 US
servicemen were slaughtered – a campaign had been mounted to banish all synagogues from a two-mile radius of Arlington National Cemetery?"
Here's what Paul Krugman, New York Times economics columnist and Nobel Laureate, had to say
"Translation: some people will feel bad if this thing is built, and we need to take these feelings into account, even though proponents
“have every right to build at this site.”
So let’s try some comparable cases, OK? It causes some people pain to see Jews operating small businesses in non-Jewish neighborhoods; it causes
some people pain to see Jews writing for national publications (as I learn from my mailbox most weeks); it causes some people pain to see Jews on the
Supreme Court. So would ADL agree that we should ban Jews from these activities, so as to spare these people pain? No? What’s the difference?
One thing I thought Jews were supposed to understand is that they need to be advocates of universal rights, not just rights for their particular
group — because it’s the right thing to do, but also because, ahem, there aren’t enough of us. We can’t afford to live in a tribal world.
But ADL has apparently forgotten all that. Shameful — and stupid.
The defamation of Muslims is not an easy subject to discuss. People's emotions are high. People have opinions. And, apparently, as appears to be the
case with the ADL, sometimes it's hard to remain true to even a century's worth of convictions.
Joe Klein, Time Magazine, says that the ADL has gone "from beacon of tolerance to slightly potty geyser of toxic foolishness."
CAIR, has asked the ADL to retract
). We'll see what the response
is and what happens.
think the ADL remaining true to their mission? That's the topic here.
Some information about "Ground Zero Mosque" or as I prefer to call it the Islamic community center in lower Manhattan...you may not have seen.
Just How Far Is the "Ground Zero Mosque" From Ground Zero?
Why is Fox pushing a falsehood to fuel outrage over NYC Muslim community center?
[edit on 8/2/2010 by ~Lucidity]