Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Yo, ADL: WTF?

DEFAMATION: "An act of communication that causes someone to be shamed, ridiculed, held in contempt, lowered in the estimation of the community, or to lose employment status or earnings or otherwise suffer a damaged reputation." (Source)

From the Wall Street Journal's article on the "Ground Zero Mosque":

Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League said Ms. Khan's statements on transparency, inclusiveness and healing don't address the central point of his group's opposition: that the location of the center is insensitive to the families of the Sept. 11 victims. "If you want to heal us, don't do it in our cemetery," he said. "We are joining in with families who are not saying don't do it at all, but saying don't do it here."


It seems to be that the Anti-Defamation League is engaging in some good ol' fashioned bigotry here. It certainly seems as though these comments might further encourage others to see that Muslims are "shamed, ridiculed, held in contempt, lowered in the estimation of the community." Foxman, on the other hand, disagrees - he's said as much in a statement on the Anti-Defamation League's website:

The main charge was that an anti-bigotry organization had joined with the bigots. That false accusation was extremely painful and served to diminish and obscure the fact that our position on the Islamic center was carefully considered, clearly stated and consistent with our values and mission.

Well, that's fair. The ADL has stepped up and come to the aid of Muslim people on several occasions. That should not be overlooked here. They've done good, and that's good.

There are legitimate differences of opinion regarding the building of an Islamic cultural center at Ground Zero.


Okay...Stop right there.

The Islamic cultural center in question is not being built "at Ground Zero." It is being built three blocks away, on the site of an old Burlington Coat Factory. It is impossible to have "legitimate differences of opinion" on this issue when the issue is presented - as it has been presented here in Foxman's own words - disingenuously and falsely.

But let's set that aside for a minute. Let's talk instead about what Foxman is actually saying here:

"If you want to heal us, don't do it in our cemetery," he said. "We are joining in with families who are not saying don't do it at all, but saying don't do it here."

One: Ground Zero isn't a cemetery.

Two: It's not "your" cemetery. You don't own it, you don't rent it, and you ain't residing in it.

Three: If, for the sake of argument, it's a "cemetery" at all, then its a Muslim cemetery as well. Muslims died on 9/11. All the fearmongering in the world won't change this.

Four: Mel Gibson's unfortunate drunken rantings to the contrary, the basic fact that "the Jews" are in fact not responsible for all the wars in the world can be soundly and easily proven. Can we similarly agree that "the Muslims" are not responsible for the actions of nine psychotic men?

Five: Just how far away from "here" do Muslims have to build in order to be considered appropriate? Another 3 blocks? Another 10? A different neighborhood? Maybe one that's separate, but y'know, equal?

This is ridiculous. Utterly, bafflingly, ridiculous.

1 comment:

  1. It's nice to hear a sane voice on the internet now and then. Keep it up, Morse!

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