From An Anti-Defamation League Press Release, 7/28/10:
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.
“Categorically reject” and “condemn” in the same sentence, followed by clause implying that opposition to the proposed Islamic Center might be based on something other than raw bigotry? Uh oh. I sense a qualifier, some enormous “HOWEVER” or “BUT” heading towards us at full speed.
There ya go.
… 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.
See, it’s not them! It’s not the ADL! It’s… well… all those other people who feel soooo strongly about it because they lost family and friends in 9/11. It’s not that the ADL is prejudiced, or anything like that. No, not at all! It’s that the ADL feels just so bad for all those people who are sad and traumatized by the relatives they lost. They categorically reject all those other people (Ick!) who are motivated by bigotry. The ADL isn’t like that at all!
For them, it’s all about compassion for the victims!
That’s what it is!
Because we all know that no Muslims were among the victims killed by terrorists in the World Trade Center.
Unless you count these people...
(This is only a partial list of the Muslim victims of 9/11.)
Shabbir Ahmed, 47, waiter at Windows on the World.
Tariq Amanullah, 40, VP Fiduciary Trust International
Touri Bolourchi, 69, passenger on board United Airlines Flight 175. Fled Iran’s Fundamentalist Muslim regime with her family 21 years ago.
Abdul K. Chowdhury, 30, worked at Cantor Fitzgerald
Mohammed Salahuddin Chowdhury, 38, waiter at Windows on the World. Left behind a pregnant wife and a young daughter
Syed Abdul Fatha, 54, Pitney Bowes Copy Center at Aon Insurance
Salman Hamdani, 23. A trained emergency medical technician, he apparently rushed to the burning towers to assist in the rescue. His remains were found at the site.
Mohammed Jawara, 30, MAS Security
Sarah Kahn, 32, Cafeteria Manager for Forte Food, left behind a husband and two children
Nurul Huq Miah, 35, audio-visual audiovisual technologist, Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
Boyie Mohammed, 50, Carr Futures
Ehtesham U. Raja, 28, TCG Software, was attending a conference at the World Trade Center
Amenia Rasool, 33, accountant, Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. Left behind a husband and four young children
Rahma Salie, 28, died with her husband Michael Theodoris, 32, on American flight 11. They were expecting their first child.
Mohammed Shajahan, 41 computer administrator, Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.
No mealy-mouthed "explanation" is going to change the fact that the ADL has embraced the kind of bigotry it was originally founded to fight.
Cross-Posted from Thoughtcrimes