Saturday, July 31, 2010

Anti-Defamation League Comes Out Against the Ground Zero Mosque

John McCormack reports in the Weekly Standard that a leading group fighting anti-Semitism, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, has come out against the building of the mosque, Cordoba House, at Ground Zero.

The Anti-Defamation League, which describes itself as "the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry," released a statment this morning opposing the building of the 13-story mosque near Ground Zero.

"In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right," says the ADL. Full statement here:

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.

However, there are understandably strong passions and keen sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center site. We are ever mindful of the tragedy which befell our nation there, the pain we all still feel – and especially the anguish of the families and friends of those who were killed on September 11, 2001.

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 found.

The condemnation of the accusations of bigotry hurled at opponents of the mosque is especially helpful. The Jews can be said to be well-experienced at recognizing bigotry when they see it. This is more evidence of the growing rift between the Western Left and Jews.


Anonymous said...

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Dan said...

So what then of Jeffrey Goldberg or Michael Bloomberg coming out in favour of the mosque?

Craig Carter said...

What about them?

Dan said...

Well, they are Jews and I was merely pointing that out in light of your comments about "the Jews" being able to recognize bigotry.