“The fact that there are bigots who espouse a position that you have doesn’t mean you’re a bigot,” Foxman said. He added that he found accusations of anti-Muslim sentiment lobbed against the ADL in the wake of the statement “very painful.”

The above has got to be the most ridiculous statement ever issued by Foxman, one of America’s foremost bigots. It was in reference to the ADL’s position statement on the proposed building of a mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero.

Foxman continued with… “If you read our statement, which most people have not read – if you’ve seen it and read it, the statement that we did spells out as precisely and as accurately and as delicately and as simply as possible our position,” Foxman said.

Foxman said the critical part of the ADL’s statement – posted on the ADL’s website last Friday, not sent out as a press release – was the paragraph, “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.”

More of Foxman’s rantings can be read HERE

The New York Times today took an editorial position when it claimed that…. There was simply no excuse for the behavior of the Anti-Defamation League, which eagerly piled on with the opponents of the mosque. It should not be built “in the shadow” of the World Trade Center, the group said, because it would “cause some victims more pain.” It was distressing to see the rationalization of bigotry used by an organization that has been fighting discrimination of all kinds, especially during some of the worst days of the Ku Klux Klan.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg got it just right in a speech on Governors Island, within view of the Statue of Liberty. He called the proposed mosque “as important a test of separation of church and state as any we may see in our lifetime, and it is critically important that we get it right.” The plans for the $100 million center should encourage those who want Muslims and non-Muslims in America to find common ground.

Other bigots that joined Foxman’s chorus…. It was not surprising that Republican ideologues like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin came out against the mosque. A Congressional candidate in North Carolina has found it to be a good way to get attention and, yes, stoke prejudice against Muslims. We expect this sort of behavior from these kinds of Republicans. They have been shamelessly playing the politics of fear since 9/11.

The Times Editorial titled ‘A Monument To Tolerance’ can be read HERE

A post I did this week on the subject can be read by clicking this… ZERO TOLERANCE AT GROUND ZERO

Despite the attempts of organised bigotry and Islamophobia, bigotry seems to have been defeated on a grand scale. Kudos to The City Landmarks Commission for voting unanimously Tuesday to deny landmark status to the building located on the site, clearing the way for the construction project, which includes a Muslim cultural center and a mosque.

Standing up to the opposition, in this case, is most admirable on the part of the City of New York’s elected leadership. Hopefully this will be the type of move that will become the norm throughout the entire United States, a move that will eliminate bigotry altogether.

1 Comment

  1. Mister_Transistor said,

    August 5, 2010 at 00:33

    1. The First Amendment is for ALL Americans, including Muslims. The right to free speech, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly-the mosque is covered by all three. Go live in China if you don’t like it, Abe.

    2. Many Christian churches in Europe are built on the ruins of non-Christian holy sites that the Christians burned to the ground. I wonder if the Christians who are expressing outrage against the GZ mosque know of this.

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